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Charlie Katshir scores three times and Cumberland Valley rushes

for 300 yards in rout at Carlisle


Fall 2016SENIOR EAGLES Class of 2018

From the very first drive, Carlisle had nothing going its way.  Cumberland Valley marched 82 yards on 11 plays (10 rushes), took up more than five minutes and scored 

with relative ease, setting the stage for a 37-7 clinic on Carlisle’s Homecoming.  On a misty, soggy night, the Eagles (6-1, 3-1 Commonwealth) rushed for 317 yards on 55 carries at Ken Millen Stadium. Penn State-bound Charlie Katshir scored three times on 11 carries, finishing with 105 yards.  Jake Palmer rumbled for 132 yards on 19 touches, and Austin Kupko chipped in 55 stripes on 11 totes.  Connor Madison added a 3-yard run, and Conner Strous threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Cole McCoy.  Gavyn Barnes ran for 67 yards for Carlisle, and Mastrangelo caught three passes for 77 yards and a score.

“It goes back to doing the little things well: staying low, doing what you’re coached to do,” Thundering Herd coach Brett Ickes said outside the locker room after the game.  “The simple fact is we have a mental block. We, as these kids, just don’t believe in themselves to take those teams on and finish the job. We’re gonna get there, we will, but it’s gonna take time.”

The Eagles, gearing up for remaining contests with Lower Dauphin, CD East and Harrisburg, punted just twice, picked up 18 first downs and 317 rushing yards, and never turned the ball over.  They forced three turnovers and held the Herd (4-3, 0-3) to just 90 yards before a garbage time 64-yard TD pass from Cole Wolaver to Joe Mastrangelo.  CV also recorded a safety when Gavyn Barnes fumbled on a punt return near the goal line and recovered in the end zone under a pile of Eagles, making it 9-0 midway through the first quarter.

Katshir’s scores came on a first-quarter dive into the end zone from 2 yards out, a second-quarter, 48-yard sprint after a cutback just past the line of scrimmage, and another 6-yard run in the third quarter.  But the standout safety, projected to be a linebacker in Happy Valley, was seen after the game with a sling around his right arm.  The injury and its severity was not disclosed.  Senior quarterback Jared Plessinger did not dress for the game. Instead, classmate Conner Strous got the start.  He finished 1-for-4, his lone completion a 14-yard scoring strike to Cole McCoy to end the opening drive.

For the second straight week Carlisle put senior Gavyn Barnes at quarterback.  The converted wide receiver led a spirited win over Susquehanna Twp in his debut at QB, but the Eagles were noticeably prepared for him after watching film.  Barnes, a shifty runner, was held to just 9 yards on eight carries and finished 5-of-11 for 69 yards and an interception.  He eventually gave way to Wolaver when the game was out of reach.

“It’s one of those things where I debated it over the weeks.  When you got an athlete like him, you gotta get him the ball,” Ickes said. “People don’t know this about the young man, he can throw the ball.”  But multiple designed rollouts and even good blocking for long stretches rarely bore fruit.  Barnes missed some open players on several occasions, either deciding to take off or because of accuracy.  He did hit sophomore running back Trystin Sulich twice for 49 yards on posts across the middle of the field.

DEFENSIVE STARS:  Barnes is a great athlete, but the entire Cumberland Valley defense swarmed the ball Friday, making it tough for him to get much going.

GAME-CHANGING PLAY:  After taking a 7-0 lead, Cumberland Valley recorded a safety on the ensuing kickoff to make it 9-0 and suck the energy out of Carlisle.