By Jim Hunter
It would be nearly impossible to wipe off the smile on Cambridge Springs coach Clint Rauscher’s face these days.
Two games, two dominating wins.
One week after steamrolling Saegertown, 68-0, Rauscher’s high-flying Blue Devils continued their domination Friday night with an impressive 42-12 victory over Cochranton in Region 2 action.
Two plays prevented Cambridge Springs (2-0, 1-0) from posting its second consecutive shutout.
With 47 seconds left in the first half, Cochranton tight end Garrett Adams got behind the Blue Devils’ defenders for a 38-yard touchdown reception and running back Tyler Buchan hauled in an 8-yard touchdown reception after the Spa fumbled on its own 8.
The smilin’ Rauscher couldn’t wait to meet his players in their traditional after-the-game huddle.
“We’re rollin guys,” he yelled emphatically to his players. “We’re not done yet ... we’re just getting started.”
Rauscher is guiding a high-powered offense. In two games, the Blue Devils have outgained their opponents, 676-265.
As was the case against Saegertown, senior running Colton Noble was the centerpiece to the Blue Devils’ success against Cochranton.
Fresh off his 163-yard, five-touchdown performance against the Panthers, Noble rushed for 148 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns against the Cardinals.
“He’s a monster,” said Rauscher.
Noble stamped his name on the game immediately.
After Cochranton fumbled on its opening play, Noble went off right-tackle for a 14-yard gain and followed with a 4-yard touchdown run to give the Spa a 7-0 lead with 9:16 left in the opening quarter.
On the Blue Devils’ second possession, Noble was the workhorse again — toting the pigskin six times for 45 yards as the Spa went 77 yards on 12 plays, capped off by Noble’s 6-yard touchdown run.
The key play on the drive: Gavin Hohn’s 10-yard run on fourth-and-7 at Cochranton’s 16.
After quarterback Devin Walker scored on a 19-yard run, Noble finished off his three-touchdown, first-half performance with a 24-yard scoring scamper with 2:14 left in the first half.
Rauscher realized Noble didn’t get his yards by himself.
“I thought we executed very well in the first half,” he said. “You have to give our offensive line a lot of credit. They did a tremendous job.”
The Spa mentor gave Noble a break in the second half.
On the Blue Devils’ opening series, fullback Zach Stafford did the majority of the damage. Getting his number called seven times, Stafford rushed for 50 yards and finished with a 2-yard scoring plunge as the Spa increased its lead to 35-6 with 6:59 left in the third quarter.
In the closing seconds of the third period, Cambridge Springs put the final coating on its victory as Walker hooked up with split end Kristofer Silbaugh on an 18-yard scoring play.
The Blue Devils’ defensive pressure gave Cochranton standout quarterback Chad Eisenhooth fits.
Eisenhooth was 11-for-20 for 152 yards and threw two touchdowns, but his uniform was pretty grass stained, too.
“I thought we did a great job in pressuring Eisenhooth,” said Rauscher. “That was our goal and we accomplished it.”
Extra points: Hohn, the Blue Devils’ place-kicker, is worth the price of admission. The booming kicker booted two extra-points into the Smith baseball field and another extra-point onto the Cochranton High School roof ... Buchan hauled in six passes for 84 yards and Adams caught four passes for 68 yards ... Cochranton was penalized 13 times for 106 yards.