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 BY JEFF FALK

 SOUTH LEBANON – First they channeled their emotions. Then they became opportunistic.

 Ultimately, they controlled the line of scrimmage and generated some big plays.

 But the real key might have been what the Cedar Crest Falcons didn’t do.

 On a pleasant Friday night at Ed and Jeannie Arnold Field at Earl Boltz Stadium, Crest’s ability to manage the start of the game – and the season – proved pivotal in its 28-6 triumph over Lebanon, in the 48th renewal of the Cedar Bowl. The Falcons scored the season-opening rivalry’s first 28 points – including a pair of touchdowns 45 seconds apart at the end of the first quarter – then pretty much held the Cedars at bay the rest of the way.

 Falcon junior quarterback Chris Danz completed 12 of 16 pass attempts for 184 yards and three touchdowns, to three different receivers. Meanwhile Cedar Crest senior rusher Tyler Cruz toted the rock 21 times for 86 yards and a touchdown.

 Despite the pre-game hype, the contest unfolded pretty much the same way that most of the previous six Cedar Bowls had. The victory was the seventh straight for the Falcons in the series – by a combined margin of 298-90 – one that Cedar Crest now leads 32-15-1 all time.

 “At times, we cashed in on a couple of their mistakes,” said Cedar Crest head coach Rob Wildasin, who’s never been on the wrong side of a Cedar Bowl outcome. “But we made some mistakes in the second half. It would be fun to see who benefitted more from the other’s mistakes.

 “It unfolded like a Week One or a Week Zero game,” continued Wildasin. “There was some bad football out there. Honestly, I think it was all that (first game mistakes, the rivalry, nerves).”

 “I feel like they’re (the Falcons) ready to go,” said Lebanon head coach Gerry Yonchiuk. “It was that deer-in-the-headlights thing again. Once we relaxed and settled down, we played good ball.

 “The amout of mistakes we made in the first quarter, in the first half, hurt us,” Yonchiuk continued. “But the second half was a whole different game. We played hard. They played hard.”

 Cedar Crest needed just 2:27 of game clock to assume a 7-0 lead, after stopping the Cedars on downs near midfield. Cruz did the honors from one yard away, but the touchdown was set up by a 34-yard hook-up between Danz and end Nick Achey.

 “Football’s not like other sports,” said Wildasin. “You can’t get a feel for who you are until you play a game. Yeah, I learned something about our team tonight. We’ve got some things to work on.

 “I thought defensively we would play well, and we did,” added Wildasin. “We were on the field a lot. That’s what carried us. We got a couple of plays here and there. It played out about the way I thought it would.”

 “They really put it to us last year,” said Yonchuik of Crest’s 42-19 win at Lebanon Alumin Standium in 2018. “I didn’t feel that way this year. It was the mistakes. They (the Falcons) rose up and did what they do in the red zone. Our guys kind of did it to themselves.

 “I thought the physicality of their offensive line and their defensive line was impressive,” Yonchiuk added. “If they have you in a double team, they don’t come off you. They got into us.”

  It was the combination of a long Falcon march, a quick Cedar three-and-out and a big CC play that extended Cedar Crest’s lead to 21-0, 11:34 before the break.

 First, Cedar Crest drove 64 yards in ten plays to get Danz’s six-yard scoring strike to Brayden Koehler, with 19 ticks remaining on the first-quarter clock. Then on the first snap of the Falcons’ next possession, Chris Rios turned a simple quick-hit from Danz into a 54-yard touchdown reception down the right sideline.

 “It’s a good marker,” said Wildasin. “I think both teams can say this – now we know who we are. Now we know what we have to do in the next nine games. Now we know what we have to fix. But I’m glad this week is over.

 “Chris (Danz) did a good job,” Wildasin continued. “He managed it. He did what I thought he would do.”

  “You’ve got to score, and then you’ve got to make a stop,” said Yonchiuk of playing from behind. “The key is capitalizing on that drive (that failed just before halftime) that would’ve made it 21-7, and then keep chipping away.

 “He’s (Danz) a good athlete,” continued Yonchiuk. “His dad’s a former quarterback. He gets good coaching at home. He made good decisions.”

  The Falcons drove the second-half kickoff 62 yards in four plays to get the score that made it 28-0. The big play was Danz’s 39-yard touchdown toss to Cole Miller over the top of the Lebanon defense.

  The Cedars got on the board with 8:15 remaining, on junior quarterback Isaiah Rodriguez’s 14-yard dash to the left pylon. It capped a seven-play, 46-yard Lebanon march that resulted from good field position.

 “I’ll have to watch the film,” said Wildasin, when asked if his squad played better in the first half than it did in the second half. “We have a lot to clean up on offense. That’s on me.

 “I thought Lebanon’s defensive line was very good,” added Wildasin. “They’re (the Cedars) going to be very good next year. They’ll do well in Section Three (of the Lancaster-Lebanon League).”

 “The kids were confident,” said Yonchiuk. “Our kids expected to win tonight. There were a lot of preseason mistakes. It took away from us. Would I like to play them later in the year? Sure. But they were better than us tonight.

 “We didn’t play well in the first half,” Yonchiuk. “In the second half, we were OK. Maybe they (the Falcons) left off the gas a little bit. But I thought the second half was the way the game should’ve been.”

 Cedar Crest out gained Lebanon 237 total yards to 184. The Cedars were penalized for more yards in the first half – 71 on nine infractions – than they gained offensively.

 Rodriguez finished with 24 completions on 39 attempts, for 153 passing yards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 2019 Lebanon High Football Schedule

 
 
Date Opponents    
8/23
7:00 pm
Lebanon
at Cedar Crest
   
8/30
7:00 pm
Elco
at Lebanon
   
9/06
7:00 pm
Lebanon
at Pequea Valley
   
9/13
7:00 pm
Donegal
at Lebanon
   
9/20
7:00 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Lebanon
   
9/27
7:00 pm
Lebanon
at Columbia
   
10/04
7:00 pm
Lebanon
at Northern Lebanon
   
10/11
7:00 pm
Ephrata
at Lebanon
   
10/18
7:00 pm
Octorara
at Lebanon
   
10/25
7:00 pm
Lebanon
at Annville-Cleona
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 2019 Cedar Crest Football Schedule
 
 
 
Date Opponents    
8/23
7:00 pm
Lebanon
at Cedar Crest
   
8/30
7:00 pm
Hershey
at Cedar Crest
   
9/06
7:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at York High
   
9/13
7:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at McCaskey
   
9/20
7:00 pm
Hempfield
at Cedar Crest
   
9/27
7:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at Warwick
   
10/04
7:00 pm
Penn Manor
at Cedar Crest
   
10/11
7:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at Manheim Township
   
10/18
7:00 pm
Wilson
at Cedar Crest
   
10/25
7:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at Garden Spot
   
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cedar Bowl History

2019 – Cedar Crest 28, Lebanon 6

 2018 – Cedar Crest 42, Lebanon 19

 2017 – Cedar Crest 42, Lebanon 14

 2016 – Cedar Crest 41, Lebanon 7

 2015 – Cedar Crest 41, Lebanon 7

2014 – Cedar Crest 38, Lebanon 24

2013 – Cedar Crest 40, Lebanon 24

2012 – Cedar Crest 67, Lebanon 0

2011 – Lebanon 47, Cedar Crest 14

2010 – Lebanon 35, Cedar Crest 7

2009 – Cedar Crest 33, Lebanon 14

2008 — Lebanon 39, Cedar Crest 7
2007 — Cedar Crest 30, Lebanon 19
2006 — Lebanon 28, Cedar Crest 7
2005 — Lebanon 14, Cedar Crest 13
2004 — Cedar Crest 34, Lebanon 7
2003 — Lebanon 29, Cedar Crest 24
2002 — Cedar Crest 14, Lebanon 7
2001 — Cedar Crest 42, Lebanon 24
2000 — Cedar Crest 39, Lebanon 6
1999 — Cedar Crest 42, Lebanon 6
1998 — Cedar Crest 63, Lebanon 21
1997 — Cedar Crest 49, Lebanon 12
1996 — Lebanon 41, Cedar Crest 6
1995 — Cedar Crest 28, Lebanon 0
1994 — Cedar Crest 28, Lebanon 0
1993 — Cedar Crest 35, Lebanon 20
1992 — Lebanon 7, Cedar Crest 0
1991 — Cedar Crest 20, Lebanon 14
1990 — Lebanon 35, Cedar Crest 31
1989 — Lebanon 13, Cedar Crest 6
1988 — Lebanon 0, Cedar Crest 0
1987 — Cedar Crest 14, Lebanon 6
1986 — Cedar Crest 14, Lebanon 0
1985 — Cedar Crest 28, Lebanon 23
1984 — Lebanon 23, Cedar Crest 7
1983 — Cedar Crest 14, Lebanon 7
1982 — Cedar Crest 23, Lebanon 0
1981 — Lebanon 15, Cedar Crest 9
1980 — Cedar Crest 15, Lebanon 13
1979 — Cedar Crest 34, Lebanon 0
1978 — Lebanon 14, Cedar Crest 0
1977 — Cedar Crest 20, Lebanon 8
1976 — Lebanon 14, Cedar Crest 6
1975 — Cedar Crest 32, Lebanon 14
1974 — Cedar Crest 39, Lebanon 8
1973 — Lebanon 22, Cedar Crest 0
1972 — Cedar Crest 15, Lebanon 13

Note: Cedar Crest leads the all-time series 32-15-1

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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