Chatham High School’s varsity football team remains undefeated. The Cavaliers defeated Tunstall 30-26 in an exciting game that kept spectators on the edge of their seats until the final second of the final quarter. The first half was a defensive battle. Carlos Mendoza scored the only points of the half with a 41-yard field goal.
The two teams scored 13 points apiece in the third quarter. Chatham scored 14 points to Tunstall’s 13 points in the fourth and final quarter. There was enough back and forth to keep every fan riveted to the action.
Quarterback Ethan Reynolds was 15 of 30 passing for 186 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Reynolds carried the ball 21 times for 136 yards. Reynolds is now over 4,000 career passing yards. Michael Gunnell had 12 carries for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Steven Taylor had three carries for 16 yards.
Zae Edmunds led the receivers with nine catches for 109 yards and one touchdown. Carlos Mendoza had three catches for 48 yards. Michael Gunnell had a 13-yard touchdown catch. Steven Taylor and Clayton Deak had a catch apiece.
The offensive line paved the way to victory leaving many pancakes in their wake. Ja’ Ron Barksdale and Bradley Giles anchored the line with four pancakes apiece. Rodney Walker and Caleb Oakes had three pancakes apiece. Brae Adkins and Michael Gunnell had two pancakes apiece.
Linebacker Brae Adkins had 15.5 tackles, one and a half tackles for loss (TFL), and one forced fumble. Bradley Giles had 14 tackles, one TFL, and one forced fumble. Zae Edmunds had nine tackles and one pass break up. Jacob Dalton had seven and a half tackles, a half a sack, and one interception. Michael Gunnell had seven and a half tackles, one and a half TFL, and one forced fumble. Jacob “Nails” Doss had seven tackles. Jojo Hanks had six tackles. Nick Williams had five tackles, one fumble recovery, and one forced fumble. Kaleb Moore had two interceptions and a forced fumble. The Cavalier’s defense has 11 takeaways this season.
Punter Jacob Pickral downed two punts inside the 20-yard line. One punt came to rest on Tunstall’s one yard line. Place kicker Carlos Mendoza hit a 41-yard field goal, kicked two kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks, and was three for three in extra points.
Coach Matt Allen is happy with his current situation: “Going into homecoming with a 3-0 record is something special.” Allen was complimentary of Tunstall’s coaching staff. He said, “Hats off to coach Hunsicker and his ball team because I thought they had improved tremendously since game one, and I predict that they will keep on improving into 2019.” The Cavaliers will face Martinsville this Friday for Homecoming.
The junior varsity football team beat Tunstall 22-6 last Thursday. Quarterback Jonovan Coles scored on an 18-yard run from scrimmage. Terrell Fitzgerald scored on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Jonovan Coles. Dermont Kyle powered into the end zone with a four-yard touchdown run from scrimmage.
Chatham’s defense played well in the first half, and pitched a shut-out in the second half. Coach Marcus Clements surprised his opponents with an onside kick that sealed the victory. Austin Elliott had a sack and a forced fumble. Place kicker Brandon Quintero had a kickoff that ended in a touchback, a huge kick that pinned the Trojans deep in their own territory. Quintero was two for two on extra points. He also perfectly executed an onside kick.
The golf team defeated Dan River and Gretna at the Goodyear Golf Course on September 10, 2019. Chatham (181), beat Dan River (194) by 13 strokes, and Gretna (201) by 20 strokes. Matt Arnold (36), Grant Reynolds (47), Dixon Erwin (49), and Cody Snow (49) shot the scores that counted for Chatham.
The Cavaliers ended their next match tied with Appomattox at 168. Appomattox took first place in a sudden death playoff. William Campbell came in a distant third with a team score of 199. Grant Reynolds (40), Dixon Erwin (40), Matt Arnold (43), and Cody Snow (45) shot the scores that counted for Chatham.
The varsity volleyball team beat Magna Vista in five sets 25-18, 28-26, 23-25, 25-27, and 15-6. Jahna Waters served up two aces and had 21 assists from her setter position. Hannah Goins had two aces, seven digs, and five kills. Sage Crider had two aces and 13 kills. Keslee Hylton had 18 kills. The volleyball team will play Bassett and Dan River this week.