Central Cambria’s successful second season continued Saturday afternoon at Westmont Hilltop’s Price Field.

After a 1-2 start to the season, the Red Devils have rebounded in a big way and notched their fifth straight victory, 28-13, over the Hilltoppers (2-6) in a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference game that was close until the fourth quarter.

“We’ve been saying all week that Westmont is a good football team and have lost a couple of close battles,” Red Devils coach Ken Bussard said. “They are better than their record and have some people that can hurt you and are very big up front. It was nip and tuck the whole way.”

Andrew O’Saben had 122 yards on 26 carries, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the season while Westmont’s T.J. Keklak finished with 57 yards on 22 carries, also topping the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season.

Holding a narrow 14-13 advantage heading into the fourth quarter, Central Cambria picked off a pair of Westmont passes that led to scores.

Ben Ridgeley intercepted a Keklak pass and returned it 60 yards for a Red Devils touchdown. Tyler Delauter’s extra-point kick put Central Cambria ahead 21-13 with 3:45 left to give the Red Devils some breathing room.

On Westmont’s next possession, O’Saben intercepted a Josh Swick pass and brought it back to the 25. O’Saben scored on the next play and Delauter added the point after to set the final.

“I think the key factor in the game was when we were able to return that interception for a touchdown by Ben Ridgeley and then Andrew O’Saben’s interception,” Bussard said. “We’ve given up yardage on defense, but we don’t give up a whole lot of points. We’re that bend but don’t break defense.”

Westmont took the opening kickoff and started its drive from the 33, marching 67 yards on nine plays, capped by an 11-yard Swick pass to David McKolosky (six catches for 83 yards).

Stephan Chessa’s kick put the Hilltoppers ahead 7-0.

Central Cambria turned right around and moved 63 yards on six plays, with Ridgeley scoring from the 26. Delauter’s kick evened the game at 7.

Westmont went for it on fourth down on its next possession and ended up turning the ball over to the Red Devils on downs at the Central Cambria 33.

Five plays later, Central Cambria quarterback Tim Myers hooked up with Michael Leary for a 21-yard touchdown.

Delauter hit the extra point kick to put the Red Devils ahead 14-7.

Two promising Westmont drives were stalled in the second quarter, ending respectively on interceptions by Central Cambria’s Ridgeley and Marshal Lipnic.

“We felt we were just as physical with them up front but you can’t win ball games when you throw the ball away four or five times,” Westmont coach Matt Glennon said. “We told the kids at halftime that we were still in the ball game. We tell the kids every week we have a chance to win or lose a ball game and it depends how smart you play, how hard you play and how physical you play. We played pretty physical (Saturday), we just didn’t play very smart. That was the problem.”

Westmont lineman Justin Ketchum made a key play in the third, tipping a Myers pass into the air then intercepting and returning it 10 yards for a Hilltoppers touchdown.

Chessa’s kick was blocked, but Westmont trailed by just a point.

“I’ve been doing this for a thousand years it seems and it seems like every time you come down here to play Westmont on Saturday afternoon, you’re going to be in for a battle,” Bussard said. “It’s just a difference in routine and it doesn’t matter how prepared you think you are and how much you talk about it. It’s just not the same as a Friday night.”

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