Chatham High School’s varsity football team defeated William Campbell 36-35 last Friday. The first half belonged to William Campbell. Chatham’s defense came up with some timely stops as the offense struggled. William Campbell put up 15 points in the first half despite being turned away from the goal line on several occasions. Carlos Mendoza hit a field goal to bring the score to 15-3 at halftime.
The offensive line lobbied for run blocking during the halftime intermission. The big boys wanted to put Campbell’s defensive personnel on their heels. With the Generals on their heels, Zae Edmunds took the snap from Nick Williams and ran around the left side for a 53-yard touchdown. Jacob Pickral intercepted an errant pass and ran it back to William Campbell’s four yard line. Pickral put a move on one defender that left the would-be tackler grasping at air. Zae Edmunds ran for another touchdown behind an offensive line determined to impose their collective will on their foes. The Cavaliers successfully attempted a two-point conversion.
The Cavaliers surprised the Generals with an on-side kick that Jacob Doss recovered for Chatham. The ensuing drive stalled, and the Generals put up another eight points bringing the score to 23-18 going into the fourth quarter.
Chatham put together a drive that stalled well within Carlos Mendoza’s range, and Mendoza added three points to Chatham’s score. Brae Adkins forced a fumble that Chatham recovered near mid-field. Nine yards later, the Cavaliers were fourth and one with 1:30 left to play. Zae Edmunds kept the ball on an inside zone option, and took the ball to the end zone. Nick Williams added two points to the total giving Chatham a 29-23 lead.
William Campbell needed two plays to score their next touchdown. The Generals could not convert the extra point leaving the game tied at the end of regulation.
William Campbell received the ball first during overtime. The Generals scored, but failed to convert the extra point. Chatham’s chance ended well. Zae Edmunds played the decoy as Nick Williams snapped the ball directly to Michael Gunnell, and before the defense knew what happened Gunnell was dancing in the end zone. Carlos Mendoza gave Chatham the point that they needed to prevail. “Carlos Mendoza must have ice in his veins to nail two key field goals, and handle that last extra-point in overtime, said head football coach Matt Allen.
The Cavaliers rushed for 349 yards on 58 carries. Zae Edmunds had 15 Carries for 168 yards and three touchdowns. Michael Gunnell had 27 Carries for 130 yards and one touchdown. Ethan Reynolds had nine carries for 24 yards. Steven Taylor had six carries for 30 yards.
Offensive linemen Caleb Oakes and Ja’Ron Barksdale had six pancake blocks apiece. Fullback Michael Gunnell had three pancakes.
Bradley Giles led the team with 15 tackles and one forced fumble. Michael Gunnell had 13 tackles. Zae Edmunds had seven tackles and one forced fumble. Jacob Doss had six tackles and a fumble recovery. Nick Williams had six tackles and a tackle for loss. Jacob Pickral had an interception.
Matt Allen wants to keep his team focused on the upcoming game, “We play a much improved Nelson team next week. This as a very important game. The trip to Nelson would be a big one to come away victorious from.”
The junior varsity football team beat William Campbell 27-0 in their first shutout of the year. Dermont Kyle ran for over 150 yards and one touchdown. Brandon Quintero successfully kicked an onside kick, and recovered the kick himself. Kendall “Prime Time” Sanders rushed for close to 100 yards, and scored two touchdowns from the quarterback position. Sam Hutcherson scored touchdown from four yards out. Vick Harris hawked the ball from his defensive back position, and advanced the interception eight yards before he was tackled. Chancellor Long had a fumble recovery.
The cross country teams competed against four other teams in the wilds of Naruna. The boys took second place. Gabriel Medlin was the overall winner with Caleb Wright coming in second place. Both runners were awarded medals for their efforts. The girls came in first place. Savannah Carlsen earned a medal for her third place finish.