The Devils got their due and remained in first place thanks to a 44-26 win over Bishop Guilfoyle on Friday night.

The win puts Central Cambria atop the LHAC Section I at 4-1 (5-2 overall), while the Marauders fell to 3-2 (4-3).

Forest Hills also is 4-1 in the section but lost to Central Cambria last week.

Red Devils coach Ken Bussard described the first half of the game as a “track meet” which began with the Marauders scoring on the game’s opening drive, a six-play drive that ended with Chris Brown’s 21 yard pass to Andrew Passonetti.

The Red Devils answered with a drive of their own, setting the pace for the game by grinding away at the Bishop Guilfoyle defensive line with punishing runs and peppering the defensive backfield with accurate passes.

The Devils tied the score with a 1-yard keeper by quarterback Tim Myers, whose quarterback sneaks were as effective as his passes.

“It was just an athlete behind a pretty powerful offensive line,” Bussard said. “We’ve won four games in a row, and those games were won by the big guys up front. They’ve been opening holes for the running backs and protecting the quarterback. I think that’s a real tribute to those guys up front. I think our physicality wore them down in the second half.”

That physicality also resulted in plenty of “second chance” yards from Red Devils players breaking tackles both at the line of scrimmage and in the open field following receptions.

“It’s just a matter of getting the ball into the hands of these athletes and letting them do what they’re supposed to do,” Bussard said.

The two teams then exchanged touchdowns 16 seconds apart, with Brown connecting with a 72-yard strike to Passonetti on the first play following the kickoff for the Marauders, and Andrew O’Saben running back the resulting kickoff 91 yards.

O’Saben also finished with 233 yards, including a 43 yard touchdown run.

“Andrew has developed as a better back each week,” Bussard said. “He’s seeing the field better and using the blockers better. He’s a threat every time he touches the ball, but he’ll be the first to admit that he’s a better player because of that line in front of him.”

The Maruaders took a bold gamble on a fourth-and-one from their 29 yard line. An attempted fake punt fell short of success when a shuttle pass failed to gain them the necessary yardage. The Red Devils made the Marauders regret the choice eight plays later when Brock Shirk scored on a one-yard run to give the Red Devils the lead for good.

“We were prepared for them,” Bussard said of the trick play. “We had our punt-safe unit in. Anytime you’re dealing with short yardage on a fourth down, you have to be concerned about that. It gave us a short field to work with.”

“The play changed the momentum,” said Marauder coach Marty Georgiana. “But we came here to try to win the game. The play worked before but it didn’t this time. I’ll take the blame for that. But these kids are out there to win.”

Central Cambria added a pair of touchdown runs by Max Michkofsky and a 20-yard-touchdown pass from Myers to Ben Ridgeley.

The Marauders narrowed the lead to 38-26 on Brown’s 18-yard-pass to Leonard Fiore. But it was as close as they got. The ensuing onside kick failed and they were intercepted twice in the end zone to kill late drives.

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