Chatham High School’s varsity football team turned the ball over three times as Nelson County capitalized on the turnovers to beat the Cavaliers 35-19, Friday night on the road in Nelson County. Chatham took the opening drive into the red zone, but fumbled the ball after a completed pass. The Governors gambled on a fake punt during a drive that earned Nelson County seven points. Chatham was unable to handle a pooch kickoff, and Nelson converted that turnover into a 14-0 lead. Ethan Reynolds fired back with a pass to Zae Edmunds who took the ball 34 yards to cut Nelson’s lead to 14-7. The momentum shift was short-lived as Chatham fumbled the ball again. Nelson County turned that turnover into another touchdown. The score stood at 21-7 at halftime.
Chatham’s defensive adjustments hampered Nelson County’s offensive efforts in the second half, but the Governors managed to score on a kickoff return and a deceptive bootleg play. Chatham scored two touchdowns in the second half with Ethan Reynolds throwing touchdown passes to Carlos Mendoza and Jacob Pickral.
“We have been really fortunate to catch some breaks this year and tonight just wasn’t one of those nights.” said head football coach Matt Allen. “I thought we played well enough at points to win, but we didn’t capitalize on opportunities and we turned the ball over. Hats off to Nelson as they have improved tremendously.”
Quarterback Ethan Reynolds was 11 of 26 for 156 yards and three touchdowns; Reynolds carried the ball 20 times for 56 yards. Michael Gunnell had 16 carries for 79 yards. Zae Edmunds had one catch for a 34-yard touchdown. Micah Robertson had two catches for eight yards. Jacob Pickral had two catches for 31 yards and one touchdown. Carlos Mendoza had a twenty-yard touchdown catch. Peyton McCoy had two catches for 36 yards. Jojo Hanks had two catches for 20 yards.
Jacob Dalton was the leading tackler with nine tackles. Jacob Doss had eight tackles and a quarterback sack. Nick Williams had seven tackles. Jacob Pickral, Brae Adkins, and Bradley Giles had six tackles apiece. Michael Gunnell had five tackles. Isiah “LT” Harris had five tackles. Kaleb Moore had an interception, Shane Hunt recovered a fumble, and Caleb Oakes blocked a kick. Chatham will play Appomattox at home this Friday.
The junior varsity football team beat Nelson County 39-8. Coach Marcus Clements gave every player on the team abundant playing time. Quarterback Jonovan Coles scored two touchdowns and also scored a two-point conversion. Dermont Kyle scored a touchdown. Kendell “Prime Time” Sanders scored a touchdown on a direct snap from the Wildcat formation. Xavier Craft scored a touchdown on one of his three pass receptions. Terrell Fitzgerald scored a touchdown on a pass reception. Defensive player of the game Vic Harris had two interceptions from his cornerback position.
The varsity volleyball team beat William Campbell in three sets. Hannah Goins had two aces, five digs, add three kills. Abigail Giles and Taylor Lester had 10 digs apiece. Keslee Hylton had four kills. Sage Crider had seven aces, seven digs, and four kills. The volleyball teams will play Nelson County and Appomattox this week.
Chatham’s cross country teams will run in the Greater Danville Metro Championships at Angler’s Park Oct. 23 against Altavista, Appomattox, Chatham, Cumberland, Dan River, Galileo, George Washington, Gretna, Hargrave, Magna Vista, and Tunstall.