Chatham High School’s varsity football team lost to Gretna last Friday. Chatham’s 6-4 record is the 14th winning season in school history, and the first winning season since 2013. The Cavaliers qualified for the playoffs this year. This is the fourth time in school history that the Cavaliers have made the playoffs. Coming off a 1-9 season last year, Chatham’s six wins represent a 500% increase in wins which is the most improvement amongst teams in the Dogwood District, and in Region 2C.
Michael Gunnell rushed for 87 yards on 19 carries against the Hawks. Gunnell wraps up the regular season with 1064 rushing yards. Quarterback Ethan Reynolds threw for 1424 yards and 18 touchdowns, and rushed for 709 yards and five touchdowns this season. Reynolds needs 165 passing yards to surpass 5000 passing yards for his career at Chatham High School.
Caleb Oakes passed Nick Mitchell on the single season pancakes list. Oakes flattened his 43rd defender of the season last Friday. Mitchell had 41 pancakes his senior year. The big boys up front are a much more effective unit this year. The offense line allowed the Cavaliers to gain 717 rushing yards in 2018. The offensive line allowed the Cavaliers to gain 2,136 this year.
Bradley Giles, a four-year defensive starter, made over 100 tackles for the second consecutive season. The Cavalier defense caused 29 turnovers this year compared to 17 a year ago.
This team beat Altavista for the first time since 2007. This team swept Campbell County schools (William Campbell and Altavista) for the first time since 2005. Coach Matt Allen had great praise for the efforts this year’s team, “After going 1-9 in 2018, I would argue this group will go down as the most overachieving group in Chatham football history.”
The Cavaliers will face Appomattox at Appomattox this Friday at 7 p.m. for the first round of the playoffs.