Hilltoppers be-Deviled by Central Cambria
Written by: Josh Funk on Saturday, October 18th, 2008
WESTMONT, Pa. – If you looked closely at Westmont Hilltop’s 2008 season results, you would begin to see a familiar theme. The Hilltoppers always kept things interesting for a time, and, in keeping things close, were able to upset Johnstown and Richland Township.
Despite a close score through the first 44 minutes, Central Cambria made certain it didn’t get snake bit at Price Field.
The Red Devils (6-2) scored two touchdowns in the final 3:45 of the game to pull away from the pesky Hilltoppers (2-6) 28-13 from Westmont Hilltop Middle School Saturday afternoon.
Central entered the game on a four-game winning streak, but early on, that streak appeared to be in jeopardy.
Westmont drove right down the field, behind the running of TJ Keklak and Dan Price, and the accurate arm of Josh Swick. It was Swick’s 11-yard fade pass to David McKolosky that gave the Hilltoppers a 7-0 lead with 7:55 left in the opening quarter.
The Devils answered with 14 unanswered points. Ben Ridgeley (4 rushes, 42 yards) took a scissors play reverse 26 yards to knot things up at 7-all, and quarterback Tim Myers (5-of-9, 58 yards, TD, INT) hooked up with Michael Leary for a 21-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 14-7.
Both offenses then stalled. Neither team really moved the ball with any consistency for the remainder of the half, but that all changed on Central Cambria’s second possession of the second half.
Following an Andrew O’Saben four yard run, Myers’ pass was tipped and intercepted by Westmont’s #77, Justin Ketchum. All 6’5, 320 pounds of Ketchum rumbled to the end zone to narrow the Devils’ lead to just 14-13.
But that’s as close as Westmont would get. While the Hilltoppers did gain over 200 yards of offense, and also while keeping the game respectable, turnovers killed the Hilltoppers in this game. The turnovers came in the form of four interceptions, three thrown by Keklak (2-of-10, 42 yards, 3 INT), and one from Swick (8-of-15, 73 yards, TD, INT).
Keklak’s third interception was a big time dagger. Ridgeley snatched the ball and returned it 60 yards down the Central Cambria sideline for a 21-13 lead, stealing any Hilltopper momentum back to the red and black.
Swick’s interception, which gave Central the ball at the Westmont 25, O’Saben (27 rushes, 124 yards, TD) sealed the Devil victory with a 25-yard touchdown run.
For the game, Central ran for 170 yards and gained 228 yards of total offense.
Keklak added 54 rushing yards on 22 carries, enabling him to surpass 1,000 rushing yards on the season. Keklak now has run for 1,033 yards on the year.
Stephan Chessa added 13 rushing yards for Westmont, while Swick chipped in with 19 rush yards on four carries.
During Central Cambria’s five-game winning streak, the Red Devils have now outscored their opposition 189-77.
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