C-H finds opponent, victory
HOUSTON – It took a bit of good fortune, but the Chartiers-Houston football team ended up with an opponent for the season’s fourth weekend. And the Bucs didn’t welcome their guests very kindly.
Originally scheduled to face Imani Christian, which dropped its football program in mid-August, the Buccaneers were fortunate to get a matchup against Conemaugh Township, a Class A team from Somerset County.
It didn’t matter much to Buccaneers wide receiver Miles Williamson, who put together a solid all-around effort in Chartiers-Houston’s 31-16 nonconference victory, the third consecutive win for C-H.
“We definitely didn’t want a bye week,” said Chartiers-Houston head coach Terry Fetsko. “We have a tough schedule coming up and we needed to stay sharp.”
Williamson made big plays catching the football, rushing it and in the return game to help pace an efficient attack Bucs attack. He caught six passes for 87 yards with a pair of touchdowns, and added another 65 yards on the ground.
“We need to make an effort to get our best players the ball more,” said Fetsko. “Miles is certainly one of those guys and he came through big for us tonight.”
After Imani Christian dropped their football program because of a lack of players, it left the Bucs (3-1) with an open slot on their schedule. Conemaugh Township (0-4) had the same thing happen to it when Rockwood, another District 5 team from Somerset County that competes in the WestPAC with the Indians, dropped its program shortly before the season opener.
However, the game wasn’t worth the two-hour bus trip for the Indians as they struggled to move the ball against the C-H defense for most of the night.
“The game reps are important,” said Conemaugh Township head coach Sam Zambanini. “We had a couple of guys get banged up, but we are a young team and it was a good learning experience.”
C-H took a 14-0 lead before halftime, and squandered a few opportunities, too.
The Bucs moved the ball on their opening drive, but Indians linebacker Mike Gindlesperger picked off a Kaleb Susko pass inside the Conemaugh Township five-yard line.
Chartiers-Houston, however, would strike on its second drive.
After a short punt, Susko found Williamson with a 12-yard touchdown pass to put the Bucs up 7-0.
C-H often had good field position, thanks to some sloppy special teams play from Conemaugh Township, but didn’t do much with it until late in the second quarter when Spencer Terling scored on a four-yard run. Williamson made his presence felt on the drive, catching a pass from Susko for 15 yards and gaining 30 more on a sweep.
After a long kick return from Williamson to start the second half, C-H reached the end zone three plays later when Susko hit A.J. Meyers with a wide receiver screen that went 36 yards. The screen turned out to be the perfect call as the Indians were coming with a heavy blitz.
“We saw on film that once they start blitzing heavy, then they like to do it a few times in a row,” Fetsko said. “We figured we would throw a few screens at them, and we had some. The one to A.J. was executed perfectly. Lucky call at the right time, I guess.”
After an Indians punt, the Bucs struck quickly on Williamson’s second touchdown catch, a 15-yard strike from Susko to make it 28-0.
It was a very good night for Susko who completed 10 of 14 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns.
The Indians’ offense found some life in the fourth quarter behind Kody Ofsanko. Usually a wide receiver, Ofsanko got some carries at tailback and provided a spark with 80 fourth-quarter yards on nine carries and a pair of touchdowns.
“Winning means a lot,” added Williamson. “We didn’t win much last year and winning early in the season helps build confidence. We have some tough games coming up, but we need to keep doing what we are doing and keep getting better.”