Chatham cross-county runner Caleb Wright is the 2A state runner-up. Wright came in second to Austin George III of East Rockingham High School who ran a personal record 16:00.00 in the state championship race. 

Wright ran a 16:13.50 at Green Hill Park in Salem, Virginia. Chatham’s Gabriel Medlin took 11th place with a time of 17:03.20.

Football

Chatham High School’s football team fell to the region’s top seed Appomattox in the first round of the playoffs. 

Appomattox is an offensive juggernaut with many weapons. 

It was one of Chatham’s better offensive performances against Appomattox in several years.

Ethan Reynolds threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Reynolds also ran for 88 yards. The three touchdown passes allow Reynolds to surpass the school record for touchdown passes in a single season that he set last year. Ethan’s touchdown passes to Jojo Hanks, Micah Robertson, and Kaleb Moore gave Reynolds 21 touchdown passes this year.

Ethan Reynolds rewrites the Chatham Football record books with over 5000 passing yards, 54 touchdown passes, and 10 rushing touchdowns. Ethan completed over 300 passes, and his first and last career touchdowns both came at Appomattox High School.

Michael Gunnell rushed for 80 yards in the game. Gunnell gained over 1100 yards in his first season at running back. Gunnell is truly a throwback player having to play inside the box on defense too.

Rodney Walker was granted a wish Friday night. The offensive lineman lined up in the backfield, took a handoff, and gained 13 yards on one carry. 

If True Stanley ever dreamed of recovering a fumble, that dream came true last Friday. Stanley’s fumble recovery is Chatham’s 30th takeaway of the season.

Michael Gunnell led the team in tackles with six. Bradley Giles, Brae Adkins, and Ryan Eanes had five tackles apiece. True Stanley forced a fumble that he subsequently recovered for the Cavaliers. Bradley Giles is the team’s leading tackler this year with 106 tackles on the season. Jacob Doss (80), Brae Adkins (79), and Michael Gunnell (66) made many tackles over the course of the season.

This is the fourth playoff appearance in school history, and the 14th winning season in school history. 

The Cavaliers eclipsed the 300 point mark as a team (the third most points scored in a season in the last 21 years of Chatham football). The team forced 30 takeaways on defense.

“This is probably the most improved team in the district, and in the region,” said head football coach Matt Allen, “I am very proud of this team.”

The only part of the fall seasons remaining are the individual honors that will be conferred on select fall sports participants.

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