Chatham High School’s varsity football team beat Randolph Henry 50-26. Quarterback Ethan Reynolds was 19 of 36 for 252 yards and three touchdowns. Reynolds carried the ball 11 times for 102 yards and a rushing touchdown. Michael Gunnell scored three touchdowns in three different ways. Gunnell ran the ball eight times for 60 yards and one touchdown. He caught a touchdown pass from Ethan Reynolds. Gunnell also blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown.
Steven Taylor had seven carries for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Zae Edmunds had his way with Randolph Henry’s defensive backs. Edmunds had eight catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Clayton Deak had five catches for 57 yards. Miach Robertson had a couple catches for 38 yards. Michael Gunnell, Peyton McCoy, Steven Taylor, and Carlos Mendoza had a reception apiece.
The offensive line provided potent protection for the skill players. Rodney Walker, Caleb Oakes, Nick Williams, and Ja’Ron Barksdale dominated the line of scrimmage. Michael Gunnell and Nick Williams tied for the most pancake blocks in the game with two apiece. A pancake block occurs when an offensive player flattens his assigned opponent like a pancake.
The defense contained Randolph Henry’s double wing offense by reading their keys and using that information to get to the ball. Bradley Giles had 13 tackles. Nick Williams had 10 tackles; two of those tackles were behind the line of scrimmage (known as a tackle for loss). Brae Adkins had 10 Tackles. Jacob Dalton had nine tackles, three tackles for loss, and two fumble recoveries. Jacob “Nails” Doss had eight Tackles. Michael Gunnell had seven tackles, one tackle for loss, one quarterback sack, one blocked punt, and one fumble recovery. Zae Edmunds had seven Tackles.
Nick Williams ran in a two-point conversion, and also threw for a two-point conversion. Steven Taylor scored a two-point conversion. Carlos Mendoza was three for four on extra point attempts.
Head football coach Matt Allen was complimentary of his coaching staff: “I was proud of the halftime adjustments our staff made, he said. “I think we outscored them 36-6 in the second half when we kept the starting defense out on the field which is good! Defense has been much improved as they have produced seven takeaways and 29 tackles for loss in two games.”
“I am very impressed by Defensive Coordinator Ben Paris and what he and the defensive coaches have been able to put together thus far, said Allen. “I think they have allowed us to be able to start off games a bit slow offensively, and not dig ourselves a hole. Now, it’s our job (the offensive staff) to really get rolling offensively.”
The junior varsity football team defeated Randolph Henry last Thursday. Dermont Kyle made three 60 plus yard runs to score three touchdowns for his team. Quarterback Jonovan Coles scored one touchdown with his arm, and another touchdown with his feet. Kendall Sanders scored a touchdown too. Brandon Quintero made all of his extra point attempts. The defense held the Statesmen to under 100 yards of total offense. The football teams will face Tunstall this week.
The golf team won their second match of the season at Winton Country Club. Chatham (160) defeated Dan River (185), and Nelson County (227). Matt Arnold (35), Dixon Erwin (38), Grant Reynolds (41), and Grayson Haskins (46) shot the scores that counted for the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers confronted windy conditions in their third match of the year. Chatham (191), defeated Gretna (197), Dan River (198), and Altavista (219) at Tuscarora Country Club. Matt Arnold (34) and Grant Reynolds (49) shot well enough to contribute their scores to the team total. Dixon Erwin, Tanner Merricks, and Cody Snow shot 54 strokes apiece. The team took two of the three tied scores to amass their four score sum.
The cross-country teams traveled to Roanoke last weekend to compete in Cave Spring High School’s Knights Crossing race. Runners from across the eastern United States helped make this the largest VHSL sanctioned race in recent history. Caleb Wright, Gabriel Medlin, Carter Boon, Tanner Boon, and Grant Gibson ran in a field of 210 competitors.
Caleb Wright is the race runner-up with a time of 16:22. Gabriel Medlin placed 26th with a time of 18:17.40. Carter Boon ran a 19:09.5, Tanner Boon ran a 21.28.2, and Grant Gibson ran a 23:27.2. Savannah Carlsen placed in the middle of the pack in her race with a time of 25:58.40.