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Prep Football: Cougars go for two, get the win
BY STEVE FRANZELLO
High school football coaches can often look back on a single play in a season that turns things around.
For Courtland coach J.C. Hall, last night’s decision to go for a two-point conversion in the drizzling rain against Chancellor may have been such a play.
After slugging it out with the visiting Chargers for four scoreless quarters, the Cougars pulled out an exciting 8–7 Battlefield District victory in overtime when Anton Jenkins’ scored on a 4-yard scamper, and then quarterback Eric Washington connected with Chris Carpenter for the two-point PAT.
“It was a typical Chancellor-Courtland football game,” Hall said. “There was no doubt we were going for the two points.”
For four quarters it looked like he might not have thc chance to make the call.
With linemen Sammie Harper and Bruce Creatore leading the way, the Chancellor defense and a wet field made the running tough for the Cougars’ ball carriers.
Except for the hard running of Dominic Kaopua, who finished with 129 yards, the Chargers were having the same problems.
“We played great defense the whole night until one play at the end,” Chancellor coach Bob Oliver said.
The Chargers nearly found the end zone in the second quarter, driving to the Courtland 5-yard line. But a fumble cost them.
Minutes later and with the rain starting to come down steadily, Chargers quarterback Darrin Jackson limped off the field with a badly sprained ankle after taking a hit from Josh Howard anddid not return.
Chancellor got one more chance to win in regulation with 39 seconds left. The Chargers drove to the 20 in three plays, but Jared Clemens’ 38-yard field goal attempt was blocked.
Courtland elected to play defense first in the overtime and it paid dividends, but not before Chancellor scored.
On their third play in the extra session, Kaopua broke through the line and scored from five yards out. Clemens’ PAT then put Chancellor in front 7–0.
After three running plays, the Cougars answered when Jenkins scored on a 4-yard burst to make it 7–6.
It was decision time and Hall didn’t hesitate to go for the win.
“[Chancellor] had been squeezing us inside, so I decided to get outside and make something happen with an athlete on the perimeter,” Hall said. “Washington had the option of running or throwing, and he made the right decision.”
The senior transfer rolled to his right and then found Carpenter in the corner of the end zone for the game-winning points.
“I just threw it over the top when I saw their corner go with [Carpenter],” Washington said. “He did a great job.”
Chancellor 0 0 0 0 7 — 7
Courtland 0 0 0 0 8 — 8
Ch-D. Kaopua 5-yard run (J. Clemens kick)
Ct-A. Jenkins 4-yard run (C. Carpenter from E. Washington)
First downs10 9
Rushing yardage28-127 42-118
Passing yardage111 58
Rushing: Courtland—Joe Tyson 12-53; Anton Jenkins 13-33, TD; Darien Grant 5-17; Brandon Mason 9-12; Eric Washington 2-4; Brandon Taylor 1-(-1). Chancellor—Dominic Kaopua 22-129, TD; Chris Purvis 2-12; Raymond Buckner 1-2; Zander Roysten 2-(-3); Darrin Jackson 1-(-13).
Passing: Courtland—Eric Washington 5-10-1 58. Chancellor—Zander Roysten 5-8-1 69; Darrin Jackson 3-8-1 42.
Receiving: Courtland—Kyle Talley 1-48; Jared Fehrens 2-7; Chris Carpenter 1-3. Chancellor—Brandon Cavalier 2-58; Chris Holmes 4-27; DeAndre Miller 1-16; Tyler Morton 1-10.
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