Dalton burns Browns for one of best games of career

Published: Sunday, October 01, 2017 @ 7:14 PM

Dalton has big day

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had one of the best games of his career Sunday in Cleveland, completing 25 of 30 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-7 win against the Browns.

Dalton’s passer rating of 146.0 was the second highest of his career behind the 146.8 he posted in a 37-3 win at Cleveland in 2015. In fact, three of Dalton’s top four passer ratings have come against the Browns. He had a 139.8 against them in the teams’ first meeting in 2015.

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“I feel like I got into a good rhythm and was seeing things well,” Dalton said. “I was able to get the ball to different guys, and felt like I was in a good rhythm today.”

Dalton completed 19 of his first 20 passes, including 16 in a row at point. The only other time a Bengals quarterback completed 16 consecutive passes in a game was Ken Anderson’s 20 in a row in a playoff game against the Jets on Jan. 2, 1983.

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Dalton’s only incompletion of the first half came when he overthrew running back Giovani Bernard on a screen.

The Bengals went back to the play in the closing minutes of the first half, and Bernard turned it into a 61-yard touchdown for a 21-0 lead.

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“It’s one of those things, when you get the opportunities to have a call like that, you want to make the play,” Dalton said. “Our guys did a good job.

“There’s a lot of season left,” he added. “You can’t get two wins before you get one. It’s a good start for us and we have to carry it into next week and use it as momentum.”

Prep football: Carlisle shrugs off rough start, handles Eagles 28-20

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 2:06 AM

            Carlisle’s Spencer Mays carries the ball through the Eaton defense during Thursday night’s game at Laughlin Field in Carlisle. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Carlisle’s Spencer Mays carries the ball through the Eaton defense during Thursday night’s game at Laughlin Field in Carlisle. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Mike Brown got the answer he was hoping for Thursday night.

His Carlisle High School football team staggered into an early 13-7 deficit with some self-inflicted wounds, but the Indians rose up and showed their mettle in a 28-20 triumph over visiting Eaton at Laughlin Field.

“We practice to play the perfect game, and I think something we did pretty early on was try to help the team understand that you’re not going to play the perfect game,” Brown said. “And then it comes down to, ‘What are you going to do when it happens?’

“Our kids responded in a positive way, and we played really hard. We’re going to watch film and there’s still going to be a lot of things going into Week 10 that we need to fix, but I think our kids take pride in playing hard every snap.”

Carlisle rolled up 339 rushing yards with a four-headed ground monster: D.J. Chambers (15 carries, 108 yards, two TDs), quarterback Jake Moore (19 carries, 104 yards, TD), Spencer Mays (16 carries, 87 yards, TD) and Dane Flatter (eight carries, 40 yards).

“Our offensive line has really come together for how little experience we had coming into the season,” Brown said. “As a head coach who’s a former offensive lineman, if you can pound the ball a little bit, you’re having fun.”

The Indians improved to 6-3 and kept their Division V, Region 20 playoff hopes alive heading into next Friday’s regular-season finale at home against Dixie.

“We’re not worried about the playoffs. We’ve just got to get the ‘W’ and let God do what he does,” Chambers said. “Coach Brown’s been in the playoffs every year, and we’d kind of feel like we let him down if we didn’t make it. But we know that he loves us at the end of the day. We’ve enjoyed playing this year either way.”

Eaton’s first two touchdowns came with very little offensive effort. Carlisle fumbled the ball away on its first drive, and the Eagles’ Caleb Puckett ran 14 yards for a TD on the next play.

Early in the second period, Chip Parker put the visitors up 13-7 when he scooped up a CHS fumble near midfield and scampered for a touchdown.

“I thought we were kind of beating ourselves,” Mays said. “We were making mistakes we don’t typically make. We just had to find who we are, get in at halftime and pick it back up for the second half.”

The Indians did take a 14-13 edge into the break after a 34-yard scoring run by Chambers with 5:31 left in the second stanza, but it was a first half the hosts couldn’t feel very good about.

Carlisle then scored on its first two possessions of the third quarter, two drives that were all on the ground. Chambers ripped off a 90-yard touchdown run on the opening play on the fourth period, but it turned out to be his second penalty-negated TD of the night.

Chambers also had two touchdowns called back in last week’s game against Milton-Union. Nobody would’ve blamed him for reacting with frustration, but he didn’t.

“Everything happens for a reason,” Chambers said. “The O-line blocks the whole game, so if it happens every once in a while, I’m fine with it. You just go back and hopefully make another play.”

The Eagles (3-6) closed the gap to 28-20 on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Venable to Zac Schmidt with 8:36 left. It was a four-play, 30-yard drive.

Eaton got one more possession starting at its own 22 with 5:19 remaining. Two sacks (the first by Mays, the second by Mays and Nathan Berger) and an incomplete pass later, the visitors punted, and the Indians ran out the clock with three first downs.

“I think it’s hard for some of these guys that haven’t been around a lot of success to have that winner’s mentality that we’re trying to preach over and over and over again,” Eagles coach Brad Davis said.

“They played a little harder than us down the stretch, which is a little frustrating. We were concerned with our consistency throughout the year, and I think we saw tonight that we were still inconsistent. We looked like a good football team at some points and looked like not a very good football team at other times.”

Davis said Carlisle showed its will to win by grabbing control of the game when it mattered the most.

“When that’s happening to you, we’ve got to have guys step up and say, ‘That’s not going to happen anymore,’ ” Davis said. “I’m not sure we had a whole lot of that tonight.”

Eaton got outgained 365-114 in yardage. Puckett ran 10 times for 71 yards before leaving the game with an undisclosed injury in the third quarter, and Venable (8 of 12 for 40 yards) and Jordan Lewis (2 of 4 for 8 yards) both saw time at quarterback. Venable was intercepted once by Moore.

Mays matched his career high in rushing attempts and found success with a bulldozing style of running.

“That’s kind of what I do,” Mays said. “It’s just send me up the middle a lot, and I run as hard as I can and give it all I’ve got. That’s all I can do.”

The Eagles will take a three-game losing streak into next Friday’s home game against Valley View.

Eaton 7-6-0-7—20

Carlisle 7-7-14-0—28

E: Caleb Puckett 14 run (Anna Black kick)

C: Jake Moore 16 run (Ande Allison kick)

E: Chip Parker 55 fumble return (Kick failed)

C: D.J. Chambers 34 run (Allison kick)

C: Spencer Mays 7 run (Allison kick)

C: Chambers 4 run (Allison kick)

E: Zac Schmidt 8 pass from Ryan Venable (Black kick)

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch spotted in stands after ejection

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 1:28 AM

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Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch got ejected from their 31-30 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half.

There were reports that Lynch put on his street clothes and headed for his car. However, he was actually spotted in the stands at Oakland Coliseum, via College Football Reddit.

Marcus Thompson of The Athletic confirmed that Lynch was indeed in the stands during the game.

That is a classic example of Lynch living life his own way. Most players would be in the locker room watching after an ejection, but he decided that it would be more fun to be among the Raiders’ fans for the rest of the night.

Lynch was ejected for making contact with a referee. There was an altercation after Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters hit Raiders quarterback Derek Carr late. His teammates were not happy with Peters and went after him. Also, Peters was flagged on the play.

Lynch sprinted off of the sidelines to try and get Peters out of the skirmish, and in the process moved a referee out of the way.

The Raiders improved to 3-4 on the season with a win over the top team in their division, so the night had a happy ending. However, Lynch will soon be hit with a $30,ooo fine, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.


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Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph has confidence in Bennie Fowler III

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 12:33 AM

Bennie Fowler III has an excellent opportunity to truly make a name for himself on Sunday afternoon when the Denver Broncos take on the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Broncos will extremely short-handed at wide receiver with Emmanuel Sanders (ankle), Isaiah McKenzie (ankle), and Cody Latimer (knee) already being ruled out for the game against the Chargers. On top of that, two-time All-Pro Demaryius Thomas is dealing with a calf injury that limited his practice availability this week.

Thomas is expected to play on Sunday, but with Sanders out, Fowler will get the start and will serve as Denver’s No. 2 wide receiver. Head coach Vance Joseph is confident the former undrafted free agent can get the job done.

“I think he does,” Joseph said on Thursday when asked if Fowler has the ability to be a legitimate No. 2 wide receiver. “Bennie’s a smart guy, he knows what to do and that’s half the battle as far as being a one or a two. I don’t know what that means, I mean you would know better than I would. He’s a receiver and he’s the next guy up, so he’s the number two. He was the number two last week from time-to-time. That has no relevance as far as who plays. When he’s out there, he’s a one, you can say that also.”

With his increased role, Fowler could be in for a career day on Sunday, which would go a long way in solidifying his place on Denver’s roster going forward.

Oakland Raiders knock off Chiefs after fourth encore on Thursday night

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 12:13 AM

The Oakland Raiders did not make win that they needed against the Kansas City Chiefs easy on Thursday night.

On a final drive that included a 4th and 11 conversion, the Raiders appeared to have won the game on a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Derek Carr to tight end Jared Cook with 16 seconds remaining, but after review the referees ruled that he was down near the goal line.

The next play was a touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Crabtree, but that was called back because of offensive pass interference. On the following play the Chiefs appeared to stop the Raiders as the clock expired, but defensive holding was called on safety Ron Parker.

The Raiders got an untimed down for the game, and Carr threw an incomplete pass to wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. However, Chiefs cornerback Eric Murray was called for defensive holding.

That gave the Raiders one more untimed down from the two-yard-line and he completed a pass to Crabtree to tie the game at 30. Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio made the extra point to give his team the 31-30 win.