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Ramblers dominate Highlanders in the rain! @CH_Highlanders @WindberFootball

Written by: on Sunday, October 31st, 2021

 

Appalachian Bowl Windber Ramblers vs Cambria Heights Highlanders at Penns Manor

Ramblers dominate Highlanders in the rain!

I saw both teams play this year and expected Windber to win, but I didn’t expect total domination. Both teams are very good and have excellent skill players. However the thing that makes these two teams special is their linemen. Cambria Heights likes to run the ball, run the ball and run it some more. They limit your possessions and wear down their opponents. They play a lot like Westmont used to do, but can throw the ball a little better. A few weeks ago against River Valley they threw the ball only three times. Windber likes to beat you down with their front too. But they have the guys who can get on the outside edge. I have seen the Ramblers twice this year, both times against playoff teams and they have scored 86 points and allowed zero.

Windber got the ball first and took one play to score. Junior running back John Shuster took the ball and raced 63 yards around the right end untouched to make in 6-0 before some people had found their seats. The Highlanders started their first possession from their 29 and drove into Rambler’s territory. They converted one fourth and short before throwing an interception on a second one. Dylan Tomlinson who had a big night made the pick. Windber would be unable to move the ball and punted. The punt was blocked by Bailey Horvath who flew through the air. The Highlanders had the ball at the Rambler 20. But four plays later on fourth and five, they were stuffed. It would be the only time all game that Cambria Heights would be in the Windber red zone.

The second quarter started with the Ramblers pinned deep and facing a third and long. Nick Dom fixed both problems taking a jet sweep around the left end for an 83 yard touchdown. The Ramblers led 14-0 with almost three quarters to play. The first two touchdown runs would be more yards than the Highlanders would gain all night on offense. Both teams would exchange interceptions on their next possessions. Windber junior Ethan Brady and Cambria Height’s Tanner Trybus doing the honors. The Highlanders next drive was a mess and caused them to lose the field position battle. They were sacked, fumbled and had a two personal foul penalties. It took Windber 20 seconds to go 31 yards. Aiden Gray hit  Tomlinson crossing to the left and he raced into the end zone for a touchdown.

The Highlanders next drive went backwards as well. This time they were sacked and called for unsportsmanlike conduct. The final minute of the half saw both teams almost score. Windber set up a perfect screen but a shoestring tackle prevent a touchdown. Two plays later the Highlanders almost picked off an out route, which would have went back for a touchdown.

The half ended with Windber up 21-0.

The Highlanders received the second half kick off as the rain was stopping. But hope died on the kickoff. Cambria Heights fumbled the return and Windber recovered. Tomlinson capped the 31 yard drive with a short touchdown run.

The Highlanders were picked off by Gino Flori on their next drive. Windber would drive deep into Highlander territory before turning it over on downs. Cambria Heights next drive ended on downs.

Windber had the ball as the fourth quarter started. Nick Dom would score two more touchdowns.

The Highlanders would not be able to answer either. The mercy rule started with just over seven minutes to go. The final was Windber 42 and Cambria Heights 0.

W   6-15- 7-14=42

CH 0-  0- 0- 0= 0

W-John Shuster 63 run xp blocked (6-0) 11:41

W- Nick Dom 83 run 2pt Dylan Tomlinson run (14-0) 11:04

W- Tomlinson 21 pass from Aiden Gray xp Jordan Wright (21-0) 2:06

W- Tomlinson 2 run xp Wright (28-0) 10:15

W- Dom 10 run xp Wright (35-0) 7:01

W- Dom 14 run xp Wright (42-0) 0:56

Next week

D5 AA Semi Playoffs Berlin Brothersvalley(8-2) at Windber (9-0)

Note Windber won three weeks ago in Berlin 20-6.

D6 AA Quarter Playoffs Forest Hills (5-5)at Cambria Heights (9-1)

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