Central Dauphin Overcomes Turnovers To Beat Manheim Township 21-10 (Game Review and Video)
Posted September 1, 2013 2:38 am
Central Dauphin was able to overcome several turnovers to beat Manheim Township 21-10 in both team’s 2013 season opening game. Central Dauphin rode a steady performance from quarterback Nate Dickey ( 13/22, 140 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) and over 150 yards and two touchdowns combined from running backs Malachi Holmes and Raleigh Sirb to come away with the victory.
Both teams failed to generate any points on their initial possessions. On Manheim Township’s second possession, they were able to move the ball all the way down to Central Dauphin’s 15 yard line. They would have to settle for a 32 yard field goal by Mitchell Hirsch and take a 3-0 lead.
Later on in the quarter, Central Dauphin quarterback Nate Dickey hit Jake Notenstine with a nice pass to get deeper into Manheim Township’s territory.
END OF FIRST QUARTER : MANHEIM TOWNSHIP 3 CENTRAL DAUPHIN 0
Central Dauphin started the second quarter on Manheim Township’s 16-yard line. Brett Cooney made two tough grabs during this drive to help the Rams position themselves inside of Manheim Township’s 5-yard line. However, their drive would be thrwarted by a turnover as Dickey fumbled the ball during a scramble. Michenzie Foltz of Manheim Townshiprecovered the ball.
Not to be outdone, Spencer Joppy of Central Dauphin strips a Manheim Township running back and the Rams get the ball once again in Manheim Township’s territory.
After Dickey competes a pass to Malachi Holmes, running back Raleigh Sirb punches it in from the 1-yard line to give the Rams a 7-3 lead.
Manheim Township had a hard time getting their spread offensive going and Central Dauphin was not content to let their quarterback sit back their and pick them apart. They were able to get two sacks on Manheim Township including this one by Central Dauphin lineman Brett Cooney.
END OF SECOND QUARTER: CENTRAL DAUPHIN 7 MANHEIM TOWNSHIP 0
Central Dauphin quarterback Nate Dickey threw an interception late in the second quarter. He would commit his third turnover on the night by throwing another interception.
Manheim Township would make the Rams pay as running back Cartier Morton would take a pitch and turn it into a 35-yard touchdown run to give Manheim Township a 10-7 lead.
In what was probably the defensive play of the game for Central Dauphin, defensive back Shay’Quan Weedon broke up what was going to be a big play for Manheim Township. If the Manheim Township receiver hangs onto the ball, it’s possible that they end up scoring and increasing the lead by ten points.
Manheim Township had been playing pretty good defense against Central Dauphin all night. They began to wear down a little bit in the fourth quarter and Central Dauphin was able to get their running game going a little bit. Raleigh Sirb was able to help the Rams move up the field with a couple of nice runs.
Central Dauphin turned the heat up on Manheim Township’s quarterback during the next series. The Rams would collect two sacks against Manheim Township including this one below by Enrique Armas.
END OF THIRD QUARTER – MANHEIM TOWNSHIP 10 CENTRAL DAUPHIN 7
Spencer Joppy of Central Dauphin was having a pretty good night on the defensive side of the ball and this play below pretty much sums it all up.
On Central Dauphin’s next offensive series, Nate Dickey hit Malachi Holmes caught a screen pass and ran for a 33-yard gain on a screen pass that got the Rams deep into Manheim Township’s territory.
Several plays later, Central Dauphin would cash in as Cody Zimmeran catches an 11-yard touchdown pass from Nate Dickey to put Central Dauphin up 14-10.
Central Dauphin would once again shut down Manheim Township’s passing attack and get the ball back. The Rams would proceed to give Manheim Township a steady dose of Malachi Holmes mixed in with some Cody Zimmerman running the ball. The end result was a 3-yard run by Malachi Holmes that put Central Dauphin up 21-10.
FINAL SCORE: CENTRAL DAUPHIN 21 MANHEIM TOWNSHIP 10
CLEEZY’S FINAL THOUGHTS
Central Dauphin probably finds itself fortunate to come away with a victory after committing three turnovers. A lot of credit goes to the way Central Dauphin’s defense played all night. They got excellent effort all-around, especially from Spencer Joppy, Cody Zimmerman, Brett Coon, and Steven McNeal. Manheim Township’s spread offense is never easy to deal with and the Rams were able to get enough pressure on Manheim Township to disrupt their passing game.
All in all, it was a good way for Central Dauphin to start off their year. They showed a lot of balance on offense and their going to need that and more as they travel to play away at Bishop McDevitt (35-14 winners over Harrisburg in week one).