Chestnut Ridge dominated the line of scrimmage and scored first in the Lions’ PIAA Class AA first-round contest with Karns City Friday night at Northern Bedford High School’s Panther Community Stadium.
But the Gremlins plethora of running backs kept Ridge guessing and off balance as the District 9 champions overcame four turnovers and went on to a 35-14 victory.
Karns City ended the football season for Chestnut Ridge last year.
The Lions (9-3) are hoping they can return that favor on Friday night in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs when Ridge takes on the Gremlins (11-1) at Northern Bedford’s Panther Community Stadium in a rematch of the battle between the District 5 champion and the District 9 winner. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
The big question prior to Friday’s District 5-8 Class AA subregional championship game was whether Bedford could stop Chestnut Ridge’s potent rushing attack.
Ridge made sure the answer was a resounding no in a 55-21 win at Northern Bedford’s Panther Community Stadium.
Second opportunities don’t come along very often, especially not in a championship game against an arch-rival.
Bedford High School coach Kevin Steele and his players will seek redemption and some hardware against Chestnut Ridge in the District 5-8 Class AA subregion championship game at Northern Bedford’s Panther Community Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
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It was not quite a playoff atmosphere, but the Chestnut Ridge Lions advanced past Westinghouse 55-20 in a District 5-8 subregion semifinal game on Friday.
The Bulldogs (1-9) were forced into a three-and-out on the first possession of the game and a 13-yard punt set the Lions up for a quick one-play, 33-yard strike when Beau Bosch score on an option play.
Beau Bosch ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns and Matt Wiley had 150 yards and one score to lead Chestnut Ridge over host Bedford 27-21 on Friday.
Bedford took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in 17 plays before being stopped at the Chestnut Ridge 1-yard line.
Richland’s 25 seniors will be recognized tonight for extraordinary contributions to a program that has emerged as an area powerhouse the past two seasons.
Those seniors will have one more huge challenge as they try to make history this regular season.
The Rams (9-0) face another perennial District 6 power Bellwood-Antis (8-1) at Herlinger Field, with a chance to notch back-to-back undefeated regular seasons, something that hasn’t been done at Richland since the 1957, 1958 and 1959 teams each finished 9-0.
What started as an offensive explosion in the second quarter on Friday night ended with one, thrilling score in the second half as Fort Hill (Md.) running back Dekari Darr scampered from 4 yards out with 3:59 left in the game to lift the Sentinels to a 21-17 victory over Chestnut Ridge.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Lions (5-3) grabbed a 3-0 lead early in the second when Beau Bosch halted a Fort Hill drive with a fumble recovery inside the Ridge 5, and the Lions marched inside the Sentinel 20, setting up Sean VanMeter’s 25-yard field goal. The lead was shortlived, as Fort Hill’s Ty Johnson scampered 45 yards for a TD three minutes later to give the Sentinels a 7-3 advantage.
The Lions found another spark with 5:24 left in the first half when Bosh found an open JD Weyant for a 21-yard scoring strike to take a 9-7 lead. Not to be outdone, Sentinel quarterback Hunter Squires hit an open Ty Johnson in stride for a 53-yard score, as Fort Hill regained a 14-9 advantage.
Ridge grabbed the lead before heading to the locker room, as Bosch scrambled for a 4-yard TD with 51 seconds remaining. Bryan Feather’s two-point pass from Trent Lohr gave the Lions a 17-14 lead at the break.
After a scoreless third period, the Sentinels finally rallied for the go-ahead score with less than four minutes to go in the game with Darr’s plunge. Ridge had one more rally left, as the Lions drove to Fort Hill’s 20 with 1:35 to go, only to have the Sentinels stop Bosch on a fourth-and-short.