FISHERTOWN — After discouraging road losses to Berks Catholic and Bald Eagle Area the past two weeks, Chestnut Ridge returned to a supportive home crowd on Friday night.
The Lions did not disappoint on Homecoming, pummeling Philipsburg-Osceola 34-7.
After going three-and-out on its first possession, the Lions used back-to-back, 10-play touchdown drives to jump out to a 13-0 lead. Both drives were capped with touchdown runs by Jacob Mock.
Mock, a senior fullback, controlled the first half almost single-handedly, owning the middle of the field and gaining a majority of his yardage 89 on 15 carries after first contact.
After Mocks efforts gave the Lions a 13-0 lead at halftime, junior quarterback Beau Bosch went off in the third quarter.
Chestnut Ridge, aided by a terrific kickoff return from sophomore Robert White, needed just two plays each on their first two drives of the second half to go up 27-0. Both drives were finished by Bosch, who scored on runs of 21 and 67 yards, respectively.
Bosch would finish with 103 yards on just eight carries to go with his two scores. Beau also had a 55-yard touchdown run called back because of an inadvertent whistle blown by a referee.
Theyre both leaders for this offense, Chestnut Ridge Max Shoemaker said of his talented backfield duo. Beau controls and sets up our option attack. Jacob brings a fullback mentality with his running that other guys respond to. They each do what we ask of them.
After the Mounties went three-and-out on the next series, Chestnut Ridge junior J.D. Weyant returned the punt 88 yards for a touchdown as the Lions totally deflated the Mounties with a 34-0 lead.
Chestnut Ridges defense dominated the game allowing just two first downs and 47 yards of total offense in the first half. For the game, the Lions picked up two fumbles and a pair of sacks. Under pressure for most of the night, P-O quarterback Caleb Pepper-day completed just one pass against the Lions.
The Mounties one bright spot came in the last minute of the game, when senior Erik Smith scored on a 6-yard run, while finishing the game with 35 yards on 11 carries. Junior Nick Gray produced 69 yards on his 20 carries, often moving the pile and carrying Lions defenders. Sophomore Kyle Hawkins shined as well, picking up 30 yards on his six carries.
It was good for these young guys to not get shut out, P-O coach Jeff Vroman said. This team is getting better each week. Weve just battled through so many injuries. Its difficult to get consistency and continuity with that, but weve got to get better each week.
Philipsburg-Osceola (0-5) will host Penns Valley (1-4) on Oct. 5.