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Manheim Township bests Cumberland Valley in a close game

Tagged under: District 3, Gameday Hub, News, Playoffs

| November 12, 2022


Tonight saw 7-3 Cumberland Valley Eagles face 7-3 Manheim Township Blue Streaks at the Eagle’s Chapman Fieldin an absolute thriller of a game for the chance to move on in the playoffs. The game went down to the wire. Township scored the go ahead td with just 51 seconds left and the Eagles just ran out of time. Township advances with the 37-31 win. They’ll face Hempfield, a team that beat them early on this season.

Manheim Township won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Cumberland Valley quickly took control on a four play 48-yard drive with 9:43 on the clock following a 31-yard pass from Isaac Sines to Caiden Pines. The PAT kicked by Sines was good, Cumberland Valley 7 Manheim Twp. 0. Manheim Township fumbled their kick-off return, giving Cumberland Valley the ball back on the Blue Streak’s 48-yard line. The Eagles capitalized on the turnover, and after a seven play drive, saw Sines score again with a 3-yard QB sneak. The PAT was good, 6:50 in the 1st quarter, Cumberland Valley 14-0. Manheim Township found their stride and after marching down the field, and got on the board with a 35-yard field goal from Hunter Nguyen at 3:19 of the 1st quarter, Cumberland Valley 14-3. After a CV fumble recovered by the Blue Steak’s Eli Rodriguez, it was Manheim Township’s chance to capitalize on a turnover, and before the quarter ended, they were able to make good field gain. The first quarter ended with Cumberland Valley 14, Manheim Township 3.

Manheim Township started the 2nd quarter in good field position, and after back-to-back Quarterback keep plays, Hayden Johnson scored a Blue Streak touchdown, PAT good, the score was Cumberland Valley 14 and Manheim Township 10 with 10:31 left in the second quarter. Cumberland Valley had to punt on their next possession. With 3:42 left in the half, the Blue Steak’s quarterback Johnson threw a 17-yard pass to Landon Kennel putting them 1 yard away from the goal line. Johnson was able to run in and score on the next play. The PAT was good, 10:31 of the 2nd quarter, Cumberland Valley 14, Manheim Township 17. Cumberland Valley wasn’t done yet, and with 14 seconds left on the clock for the half, Sines scrambled out of the pocket and ran in a 6-yard touchdown. The PAT was good, and the half ended with Cumberland Valley retaking the lead 21-17.

Third quarter play continued to be as exciting as the first half of the game. Manheim Township found themselves on the 3-yard line after a 47-yard bomb from Johnson to Nick Palumbo. Johnson ran in the touchdown, but the PAT was no good. However, Manheim Township retook the lead with a score of 21-23 with 7:39 left in the third quarter. Near the end of the third, Cumberland Valley scored off of a J.D. Hunter 28-yard run, PAT good, the score was Cumberland Valley 28-23 and the quarter ended.

In a pivotal play that kept Manheim Township’s drive alive, Dansereau Ethan found himself wide open and caught a 21-yard pass from Johnson. Johnson followed up by throwing a 47-yard bomb to Palumbo in the end zone. The Blue Streaks went for two, but didn’t make it. However, they did retake the lead with 4:54 left in the game bringing the score to 28-29. Cumberland Valley was not done playing, and with 1:42 left on the clock Sines kicked a 39-yard field goal bringing the score 31-29. With nearly everyone in the crowd standing, Manheim Township’s Kennel made an incredible catch in the end zone for a late game touchdown. The Blue Streaks went for two, and made it on a Johnson keeper. With 51 seconds on the clock, Manheim Township retook the lead 31-37. The crowd never sat down. The Eagles went to work with a hurry-up offense and rushed down the field. A holding call made all of the difference. The clock just didn’t have enough time for the Eagles to deal with being pushed back 10 yards.

Unofficial stats show Cumberland Valley had 221 yards rushing and 287 yards passing for a total of 508 yards, with Manheim Township having 108 rushing yards, and 297 passing yards for a total 407 yards.

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