From Staff Reports
OAKLAND — Following his performance in a season-opening win over Southern, Allegany quarterback Trenton Eirich may want to think about changing the first letter in his last name from an “E” to an “A.”
The senior signal caller used the airways to collect four touchdowns and 193 yards on 8-of-15 passing to lead the Campers to a 34-8 victory over the Rams on Maryland’s opening weekend in Oakland Friday evening.
Trenton, who also ran in the final touchdown of the game, paced an Allegany offense that managed 368 yards to Southern’s 146 after the Campers were able to shake a slow start.
Southern made the Campers’ defense bend almost to the breaking point on the opening drive, but Allegany finally stopped the Rams on fourth down at the 12. Southern’s offense barely had time to take a seat before the Rams got the ball back when Allegany fumbled the exchange to a running back on the Campers’ first offensive play of the year.
Seth Kisner, who had two big runs that helped take Southern deep into Campers’ territory on the first drive, got the Rams on the board first with a nine-yard run with 5:05 left in the first quarter. Quarterback Travis Newton punched in the two-point conversion giving Southern an 8-0 lead.
Kisner did most of his damage in the first half and managed to gain a total of 57 yards.
On its second possession, Allegany converted a third down on a pass from Eirich to Derrick Hickle, and then got a 17-yard run from Darian Lopez to help get the Campers rolling. Two plays later Eirich hit Kirk Robinette as the underneath option and Robinette went 26 yards to the end zone for the first of his two touchdown catches. A penalty on the extra point nullified the try for two, leaving Southern with an 8-6 lead.
A big pass between Eirich and Robinette set the Campers up at the Southern 35 on their next drive. Wade McGee broke an 11-yard run to get down to the 17, but things got ugly for the Campers after that. Until Eirich fixed it.
Allegany fumbled a snap on more exchange trouble to get pushed back to the 15, and then had a snap sail over Eirich’s head that seemed to doom the Campers’ drive. The athletic quarterback had the composure to collect the football, then his thoughts, around the 40-yard line and find Lopez wide open to get the second Allegany touchdown with 7:37 left before halftime. Lopez ran in the two-point conversion to give the Campers a 14-8 lead.
Allegany’s penetration helped Michael Barton block a punt on Southern’s next drive, setting the Campers up 40 yards from the end zone. They needed only two plays to get there when Eirich tossed his third touchdown to Dalton Golliday for 40 yards and a 20-8 lead.
Eirich and Robinette got together again on the Campers’ first play of the second half with this one covering 64 yards and Robinette running almost the exact same route as his first touchdown.
Southern made its first play of the second half when Seth Holler intercepted Eirich, and caught a break when the Campers roughed the kicker on a punt to set the Rams up at Allegany’s 47. They would be unable to do anything with the opportunity, though.
Both teams spent the remainder of the third quarter leaning on their defenses, and it wasn’t until Eirich used his legs to run 14 yards for his fifth total touchdown to extend Allegany’s lead to 34-8 after Nate Condor kicked the extra point.
The Campers get their home opener on Saturday when they host MATHS during the afternoon. Southern stays at home and takes on Moorefield on Friday.