T-D HS Football

Red Devils come back on Cambria Heights

By: By PAUL BURIAK

EBENSBURG — Central Cambria and quarterback Will Seymour came up huge in crunch time Friday night as the Red Devils executed the two-minute drill to near-perfection and pulled off a thrilling 10-7 comeback victory over Cambria Heights.
A large homecoming crowd saw the Red Devils (3-1) win their third straight game in a memorable fashion. After the Highlanders (1-3) controlled the ball for over 9 minutes of the fourth quarter on an 18-play drive following a huge goal-line stand that slammed the door on the Devils at the Heights 4, the Red Devils returned the favor by stopping Cambria Heights on downs at the Central Cambria 22 with 2:55 remaining.
With no time outs and his team down 7-3, Seymour proceeded to complete 7 of 8 passes for 65 yards and three first downs, overcoming a holding penalty along the way. The Devils subsequently faced third-and-2 at the Highlander 28 in the final minute, and Central Cambria head coach Bill Corrente then crossed up the Heights defense by calling Kerry Kirsch’s number on his only carry of the game. Kirsch bounced to the outside and eluded a defender for a 26-yard gain before going out of bounds at the 2. Seymour then took it in for the go-ahead score on the next play with 37 seconds remaining, and Colby Crimmins added the extra point.
The final opportunity for Cambria Heights quickly evaporated when Stephen Davis, who made four receptions on the prior drive, picked off a James Baum pass on the initial snap following the kickoff.
“We didn’t play a good overall football game,” Devils coach Bill Corrente said. “But we faced adversity, overcame it, and made plays when we absolutely had to.
“Wade Klezek came up with a great defensive game plan and kept on making adjustments.”
The Red Devil defense intercepted four Cambria Heights passes.
Seymour finished 12 of 23 for 125 yards.
“It was great,” Seymour said, referring to his team’s last drive. “We executed on almost every play.” “Our receivers made plays, and it was a great performance by our entire team.”
“They made the plays at the end,” said Cambria Heights head coach Jarrod Lewis. “You saw two good defenses and two evenly-matched teams that played hard, but they just made a few more plays than we did.”
The Red Devils were unable to capitalize on three first-half interceptions and saw a first-and-goal opportunity come up empty with two subsequent penalties and a lost fumble at the Highlander 14. However, Central Cambria eventually put the only points of the first half on the board when a 14-yard strike from Seymour to Davis got the Devils into field goal range in the last minute of the second quarter and Crimmins split the uprights from 32 yards out at the :33 mark.
Cambria Heights bounced back in the third quarter, getting the ball in great field position at the Devil 43 following a punt. Josh Fees, who finished with a game-high 109 yards on 16 carries, then raced untouched up the middle for a score on the following play. Johnny Galinis’s extra point made it 7-3 with 4:47 left in the quarter.
Central Cambria outgained the Highlanders by a 257-231 margin, with Heights holding a 215-132 advantage on the ground. Both teams were hampered by penalties, with the Highlanders flagged eight times for 79 yards and the Devils 10 times for 84 yards.
The Highlanders will travel to Forest Hills on Friday, while the Devils will face crosstown rival Bishop Carroll next Saturday at St. Francis University.
 

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