September 10, 2010 - Point Stadium - Johnstown, PA
For the first time since 1999, Bishop McCort's football started its season with two losses after losing to Central Cambria 39-38 in two overtimes. Each team kicked a field goal in the first extra session, CCs Austin Crimmins from 27 yards out and McCort's Jordan Spangler from 24. In the second OT, Joe Hrbal scored for the Crushers on first down at the 10. Spangler's point after made the score 38-31. Red Devil quarterback Blake Bussard ran it in from the 8 on third down. Central Cambria had lined up for a kick to tie the score when McCort called timeout. CC then decided to go for two. Bussard rolled out to his right and just reached the ball across the plane of the goal line to give the Red Devils the one point victory.
The Crushers took the opening kickoff and marched down the field using up 9:34 but Spangler's 39 yard field goal attempt was wide left. Central Cambria began its drive on its 20 and used 14 plays to cover the 80 yards. Nick Wissinger scored the first of four touchdowns on a six yard run. Crimmins' PAT gave CC the lead, using 7:39 on the clock. McCort tied the game with 2:17 left in the half on a 24 yard pass play from Jesse Cooper to Christian Leech followed by Spangler's kick. The Red Devils had to punt after a three-and-out on its next possession, but the kick was muffed and recovered by CC on the Crushers' 41. Central covered the distance in just four plays with Wissinger scoring from the one with just 30 seconds remaining to set the half time score at 14-7.
Early in the third, CC threatened to pull away when Mitchell Brown took off on an end around and ran for 76 yards. However, Leech didn't give up on the play and just before Brown crossed the goal line, Leech knocked the ball loose which resulted in a touchback. Two penalties pushed the Crushers deep into its own territory and then had to punt. The short kick allowed CC to begin a drive at McCort's 39. Another one yard TD by Wissinger on the 8th play of the drive put the Red Devils up 20-7, but the extra point kick failed.
McCort started another drive at its 20 and on first down, Cooper connected with Leech again on a pass covering 48 yards to the Central Cambria 32. Five plays later senior Anthony LaRue carried the ball in from the 9 which made the score 20-14. After the Red Devils went three-and out again, Larue picked up the punt on a bounce and rambled 59 yards into the endzone. Spangler's kick put the Crushers ahead 21-20 after three quarters.
Central Cambria took the lead again on a 12 play, 71 yard drive with Wissinger scoring from the six. Bussard ran for the two-point conversion to put the Red Devils ahead 28-21. The Crushers tied the game again on a 36 yard pass play from Cooper to Spangler with just 1:04 left in the fourth. Central Cambria's next drive after losing a fumble near midfield. It appeared that the Crushers were going to run out the clock and go into overtime, but the Red Devils used their timeouts wisely and forced McCort to punt. The snap went over Spangler's head which allowed CC to try a 33 yard field goal. The kick was wide left which set up the extra sessions.
Ken Salem's postgame remarks: "On the positive side, our kids battled. They continue to fight hard and they overcame a lot of their own mistakes. I told them tonight if we can eliminate the turnovers and the mental mistakes that have plagued us for the first two weeks of the season, we would have two victories. We're getting better. But it's all about the details and it's about us tightening things up a little bit and not putting ourselves in a hole against good football teams. We're coming up short because we are not executing as well as we should.
"We had a great effort, but great effort is expected at McCort. The thing I was really excited about was the character we displayed when we made some of those bad decisions that resulted in points and we were able to come back. It was another learning experience, but we're not out here just to learn. We are out here to win and we have to execute a little better and a little more consistently.
"We're going to continue to get better. We were better this week. We just made a few more mistakes at critical times that gave Central Cambria life. I thought we had them on the ropes at times, but when you make those big time mistakes with penalties and turnovers against a good football team it's going to cost you.
"We're going to continue to work hard. I thought we had a great week of practice. We've got some kids with great attitudes and good work ethics. We are not in a panic mode. We have a lot of good football players who are making a lot of good plays.