ANNVILLE – Phoenix Music had three touchdowns and Gavin Keller added another as Annville-Cleona scored 27 unanswered points to claim their first win in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Five, beating Columbia 27-7 on Friday evening.
Averaging over 400 yards on offense in four weeks, Annville-Cleona (1-1 LL, 3-2 overall) had just 272 yards taking advantage of six Columbia turnovers and excellent possession ground. Three of their four touchdowns have started on Columbia’s half court.
Music, LL’s top rusher at the start of the week, had 198 yards on 30 carries. He was widely featured on the Dutchman’s first touchdown, carrying the ball nine times for 75 yards on an 11-play, 91-yard drive that tied the game at 7 with 2:15 left in the first half.
The AC lead was just seven with less than five minutes to go. After forcing an AC punt, Columbia (0-2, 2-3) had the ball at its own 7. But two plays later, Dominic Funk intercepted Daezjon Giles (6 for 14, 79 yards) and returned the ball to the Columbia 9. Music scored on the next play and followed up Giles’ own interception with a 33-yard touchdown run.
Columbia took the lead on the second play of the second quarter when Steven Rivas recovered a fumble from Keller and returned the ball 39 yards for a touchdown. Rivas also had a season-high 89 yards on 19 carries.
AC’s Funk recovered a Rivas fumble at the Columbia 24 with 1:30 left in the third quarter. Seven plays later, Keller ran from 2 yards to give the Dutch a 14-7 lead with 10:37 left in the game.
Columbia ran four plays inside the AC 20, and two resulted in fumbles, one winless and the other a 13-yard loss.
Defensive lineman Jonathon Shay was involved in at least five tackles for loss and led the AC defense that kept Giles off balance throughout the game.