The Cowboys capitalized on their speed to beat Campbell, 42-7.
By JOHN KOVACH
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
CAMPBELL -- The Chaney High football team finally exploded some long-overdue offensive fireworks Friday, and the high-scoring display came just at the right time with the Cowboys' season hovering at the crossroads.
Running back Ed McElroy scored three touchdowns, quarterback Justin Hood contributed two while fullback Devon Johnson also tallied -- all of the scores coming on substantial-yardage runs -- as Chaney capitalized on its speed to rout Campbell Memorial, 42-7, to square its record at 2-2.
"We came limping in here [at 1-2]," Chaney coach Ron Berdis said. "We needed to be 2-2."
35-0 at the half
McElroy's scores came on runs of 57, 9 and 15 yards while Hood tallied on keepers of 49 and 27 yards to power Chaney to a 35-0 halftime bulge.
Then after a scoreless third quarter, Johnson reeled off a 38-yard scoring dash before Campbell averted a shutout on running back Tim Davis' 41-yard TD scamper.
"We are a big-play, big-burst team," Berdis said. "No question, we were opening the holes."
McElroy rushed for 152 yards in 18 carries while Hood delivered 105 yards in seven runs and Johnson 70 yards in four tries.
The Chaney backs were finding the open seams, and once they got into the clear with their speed, they were hard to stop.
"We had some missed tackles and missed assignments," Campbell (2-2) coach John Ryan said. "They took advantage and they capitalized on it."
Ryan said Chaney is a deceiving 2-2 team.
"On paper, they are definitely a good team -- one of the best 2-2 teams in the area," Ryan said.
Ryan didn't make any excuses.
"We made some big mistakes and a good team is going to make you pay for it," he said.
However, the Red Devils did get an outstanding rushing job from Davis, a sophomore, who led all ground-gainers with 163 yards in 22 carries. He was Campbell's lone offensive threat.
Behind McElroy and Hood, the game quickly turned into a runaway.
McElroy streaked 57 yards to his first TD on the second play of the game to cap a two-play, 65-yard drive while Josh Terlecki booted the first of four extra points.
Hood scored later in the first period with a 49-yard keeper on the third play after Chaney took a punt at its 43. The placement was blocked by Mark Such, and the Cowboys led 13-0.
Later in the first quarter, Chaney launched a 50-yard, 10-play drive capped by McElroy's 9-yard scoring dash at 11:04 of the second quarter.
Andrew Bowell intercepted for Chaney at the Campbell 30, and returned the ball 19 yards to the 11. Four plays later, McElroy tallied from the 15.
And after Chaney turned back Campbell's first scoring threat at the 16, the Cowboys put together a four-play, 84-yard scoring drive fueled by Johnson's 39-yard run to the 27 that set up Hood's 27-yard dash.
Johnson got his 38-yard TD run early in the fourth on the first play following a punt.
Davis went 41 yards to Campbell's only TD with 2:39 left in the game on the second play following a punt, to prevent the shutout. George Malacteris kicked the extra point
Berdis lauded his backs, especially McElroy.
"He's been a 100-200-yard guy every week. He's been our horse. He runs the ball hard," Berdis said.
Berdis said Johnson did a good job at fullback filling in for injured Chris Eskew, and that Kielen Dykes also ran well at fullback.
Berdis also was pleased with the play of Jimmy Sullivan at offensive guard in his first starting assignment.