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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Big plays boost Cavs
The Caroline football team was backed up at its own 1-yard line in the first quarter of its Battlefield District homecoming contest against Chancellor Monday night.
But with a passing attack like the one head coach Jeremiah Ross has implemented, there aren’t many bad spots on the field.
Caroline sophomore quarterback Rasharrd Harris launched a perfect strike to speedster wide receiver Aason Pankey over the middle of the field for a 99-yard touchdown pass.
Harris passed for 428 yards and three touchdowns, and the Cavaliers scored the game-winner on a 16-yard run from Chad Boxley with 1:55 remaining in a thrilling 26–20 victory. It was the third straight win for Caroline (3–3, 1–0 Battlefield) after a 0–3 start.
The game was originally scheduled for last Friday but was postponed because of rain.
“With the coverage they played on us, I knew we were going to have one-on-one versus him,” Ross said of Pankey, an All-Area track and field sprinter. “And if you go one-on-one versus him there’s not going to be too many people that are going to be able to run with him.”
The Chargers (1–4, 0–1) had trouble keeping up with the rest of Caroline’s receivers, too.
Junior wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson racked up 176 receiving yards and two touchdowns, including a 67-yard scoring reception on the game’s first play from scrimmage.
Chancellor marched down the field on its ensuing possession but freshman quarterback Jason Brown was intercepted by Jaquan Monroe at the Caroline 1.
On the next play, Harris found Pankey in stride for a 13–0 advantage.
“We gave up 13 points in 30 seconds of a football game,” Chancellor head coach Bob Oliver said. “But one thing about our football team is we’re going to play all four quarters.”
Oliver was encouraged because his young squad responded.
Running back Jamal Jones, who amassed 107 rushing yards, scored on a 1-yard run to pull the Chargers within 13–7 with 11:09 remaining in the second quarter.
Chancellor also began to slow down Caroline’s offense throughout the middle of the game. The Chargers tied the score at 13 on Brown’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Kofie Jones with three minutes left before halftime.
The score was tied at 13 at intermission.
The Cavaliers struck first in the second half on Harris’ 34-yard touchdown pass to Johnson one play after Chancellor lost a fumble on a muffed punt.
“We made the young mistakes tonight,” Oliver said. “We’ve got to clean those things up.”
Chancellor responded again when Brown found Kofie Jones on a 14-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal to tie the game at 20 with 8:44 left.
The teams traded punts and Caroline had a chance to take the lead but Harris was sacked by Kyrie McCain for a 12-yard loss on fourth down from the Chancellor 38.
However, the Cavaliers recovered a Chancellor fumble on third down to take over at their own 41-yard line. Immediately Harris heaved another bomb to Pankey, who came down with it for a 41-yard gain. Boxley rumbled in on the next play.
“It was the play I always tell them to run,” Boxley said. “I trust that play and I trust my line to block well on that play. My guard pulled right. I cut off the block and handled the rest.”
Caroline recovered a Chancellor fumble on the final possession. Boxley said “it feels good” to avenge last season’s 69–0 loss to the Chargers.
Chancellor hosts James Monroe Friday. Caroline visits Courtland the same night.