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Trinity falls to Chartiers Valley

Posted Tuesday, October 06, 2009 by Ed Dalton

Trinity falls to Chartiers Valley

10/3/2009 3:31 AM

HEIDELBERG - Fittingly, in the program's 50th season, Chartiers Valley finally reached the big 5-0.

The Colts improved to 5-0 for the first time in school history with a 30-12 win over visiting Trinity in Class AAA Big Seven Conference action.

However, their fifth win was almost overshadowed by the fate of another number 5, sophomore quarterback sensation Wayne Capers, who had to be helped from the field after injuring his ankle three minutes into the second half and did not return. Capers, who threw for his seventh touchdown and ran for his 11th before the injury, walked into the locker room on crutches after the game.

"We don't know (the extent of the injury)," said Chartiers Valley coach Chris Saluga. "We'll find out (today). He's getting an X-ray. The doctor said it didn't look serious, but we'll see."

The Hillers (1-2, 1-4) rallied from a 13-0 halftime deficit after Capers left the game. On Trinity's ensuing possession, Dan Miller scooted around the right end from 18 yards out to put the Hillers on the board. A possession after Chartiers Valley kicked a 19-yard field goal, Hiller senior quarterback Andrew Steratore hooked up with Dusty Avolio on a 36-yard touchdown on a huge fourth and six play that pulled the Hillers to within 16-12 with just under 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Steratore completed seven of 12 passes on the night for 98 yards with no interceptions. "Probably the best game of his career, as far as being the manager of the football game. He grew up a lot tonight," said Trinity coach Ed Dalton.

But with the game in the hands of reserve quarterback Rob Lamonde, Chartiers Valley responded to Trinity's second score by embarking on a 61-yard touchdown march that culminated in a 17-yard touchdown run by Beau Carson, who had thrown a halfback option pass earlier in the drive to move the sticks. The Colts put the game out of reach when they pounced on a Hiller fumble on Trinity's next possession, and quickly converted that into a Lamonde six-yard keeper to account for the game's final score.

"We're still turning the ball over, putting the ball on the ground," said Dalton of the Hillers' two giveaways that the Colts cashed in for nine second-half points. "You just can't do that against a good team."

Meanwhile, Saluga was encouraged by how his team responded in the face of adversity.

"That's the second time (Lamonde) has come off the bench for us in two years and done that," said Saluga. "He's a winner. I'm proud of those boys and how they rallied together to prove that we're not a one-man team."

Trinity was sabotaged by the big play and some crippling penalties in the first half. Chartiers Valley amassed 127 of its 149 yards in the first half on three plays, netting just 22 yards on their 17 other snaps. But they maximized their opportunities, scoring on the game's second play from scrimmage as Capers hooked up with Carson on a 73-yard touchdown. They closed the half with a 10-play 94-yard drive capped with Capers' one-yard sneak. However, on the third play of the drive, Trinity appeared to stop Capers on third down but was called for a facemask penalty that preserved the drive. It was one of five penalties in the first half for the Hillers.

"Crucial, crucial calls," said Dalton, not hiding his displeasure. "In a big game like this, officiating should not be noticed."

Despite going into the locker room down 13-0, Trinity otherwise executed its game plan, dominating time of possession in the half, 15:12-8:48 with its ball control offense and stout defense.

"We ran the clock well, played time of possession pretty well," said Dalton.

For the game, Trinity rushed the ball 37 times, netting 100 yards. Miller led the team with 55 yards on 16 carries.

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