SILVER SPRING TWP. — Cumberland Valley ran over and through the CD East defense for the second time in three weeks as it rolled to a 62-9 victory in the first round of the District 3 Class 6A football playoffs Friday night at Cumberland Valley’s Harry Chapman Field.
The Eagles will host No. 4 Hempfield, a 31-28 winner over Dallastown next Friday in the semifinals.
Top seed Cumberland Valley (9-2) rushed for 346 yards and quarterback Jared Plessinger completed 7-of-9 passes for 179 yards and three scores. Penn State commit Charles Katshir caught five passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns and intercepted two Panther passes.
“I thought we started a bit slow, but we knew they are a very good team and they would come out with some intensity and we just needed to weather that storm,” Eagles coach Mike Whitehead said. “Our senior leadership was good and they made plays. Jared is capable of the accuracy he showed today and we knew we would be able to throw the ball because of where their safety was playing to stop the run.”
No. 8 CD East (6-5) lost to CV 42-3 two weeks ago in a home game. In that game, the Eagles’ offensive line pushed the Panthers around. CV was also able to contain Kane Everson, the athletic and elusive Panthers quarterback, by having Christian Arrington spy on him and keep him within the pocket. Everson wasn’t able to use his feet to get on the edge and extend plays.
The Eagles did the same thing on a cold Friday night to open the postseason, but this time Everson stayed within the pocket and threw the ball. CV picked him off four times and recorded five interceptions on the night.
Michael Jones rushed 27 times for 147 yards and one score in his final game for CD East. The Panthers lost two fumbles as CV held them to 229 yards of total offense.
East picked up a 20-yard field goal from Anthony Calamia to take a quick 3-0 lead after an Eagles’ fumble was returned 50 yards to the 4-yard line by Lucas Waters. CV’s defense stiffened and forced the field goal.
After that it was all CV.
Jake Palmer scored from 9 yards out and then Galen Witmer bulldozed in from the 1 and the Eagles led 14-3.
Palmer, who finished with a team-leading 111 yards on 11 touches, again raced in from the 9 and then Plessinger found Cole McCoy in the right flat for a 28-yard score before hitting Katshir on a fly pattern for 42 yards and another score with less than 30 seconds left in the half.
“This is the playoffs and it is time for us seniors to step up and play hard,” Katshir said. “Jared threw the ball well and we talked about him just throwing a ball down the field and I would try to get it. It worked, but it was really nice to see our second group of players step up and make plays.”
Plessinger found Katshir again early in the second half for 23 yards and score.
Connor Madison and Maximos Dell’Anno each scored during the mercy rule from 33 yards out. Later, Anthony Fye recovered an East fumble in the end zone for a score.