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Prep Football: Chargers halt Foxes’ attack
CHANCELLOR’S DEFENSE PICKS UP SLACK FOR TEAM’S HOBBLED OFFENSE
BY TAFT COGHILL JR.
Chancellor senior quarterback Darrin Jackson was itching to play in Friday night’s Battlefield District showdown with King George.
Chargers coach Bob Oliver said Jackson was 80 percent healthy after suffering a high ankle sprain in a loss to Courtland on Sept. 28.
Oliver chose to stick with sophomore backup Zander Roysten.
But if Chancellor’s defense continues to play the way it did against the Foxes, it may not matter who lines up behind center.
The Chargers’ defense held King George’s explosive offense in check nearly from start to finish in a 14–7 homecoming victory.
“All year long our defense has played hard and they’ve bailed us out,” Oliver said. “Defense is our life right now.”
Roysten passed for 97 yards and ran for a 15-yard touchdown. But he also threw two interceptions.
However, the Chargers (5–2, 3–1 Battlefield) picked off four passes from King George quarterback Corey Henderson.
Chancellor senior linebacker Chris Purvis returned one of his two picks 36 yards for a touchdown to give the Chargers a 14–0 first-quarter lead.
Henderson was under pressure on the play, as he was most of the night.
“On the defensive line, we’ve got guys who are quick, they are veterans and they can play,” Oliver said. “When a guy is back there in the [shotgun] and we’re putting pressure on him, the the DBs are licking their chops.”
It appeared to be Chancellor’s night from the opening series.
On the third play, senior running back Dominic Kaopua fumbled after a hard hit. A King George player had an opportunity to recover the ball and race to the end zone, but he bobbled it.
Roysten scooped it up and raced 17 yards for a first down.
“If we pick that up and score,” King George coach Jeff Smith said, “that’s a big difference.”
Six plays later, Roysten faked a hand-off to Kaopua and dashed to the end zone from 15 yards away.
“I just saw the defensive end came super hard,” Roysten said. “That gave me the read to pull it.”
The Foxes (5–2, 2–2) thwarted Chancellor’s effort to go ahead 21–0 in the second quarter when Austin Fisk hauled in an interception with the Chargers on King George’s 7-yard line.
The Foxes finally got some offense going when Henderson connected with Jordi Estes on a 56-yard pass late in the second quarter. Two plays later, Estes scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to cap a 90-yard drive.
King George’s next best opportunity to score came in the third quarter. Deshon Brown hauled in a 41-yard reception to give the Foxes a first down at Chancellor’s 17-yard line.
But again, Chancellor’s defense stepped up. Junior defensive end Nate Garrette recorded the first of his two sacks. And on the next play, Purvis hauled in another interception.
“Our defense has been spot on this year,” Purvis said. “We’ve got to make up for the offensive mistakes sometimes, and that’s what we did tonight.”
Chancellor visits Spotsylvania Friday. King George hosts Caroline.
King George 0 7 0 0 — 7
Chancellor 14 0 0 0 — 14
Ch-Z. Roysten 15-yard run (J. Clemens kick)
Ch-C. Purvis 36-yard interception return (J. Clemens kick)
KG-J. Estes 2-yard run (L. Armentrout kick)
First downs10 13
Rushing yardage31-46 31-150
Passing yardage155 97
Rushing: Chancellor—Dominic Kaopua 25-106; Zander Roysten 4-27, TD; Tyler Morton 2-17. King George—Jordi Estes 11-38, TD; Jacob Baker 5-7; Corey Henderson 9-2; Kendall Harvey 6-(-1).
Passing: Chancellor—Zander Roysten 9-15-2 97. King George—Corey Henderson 10-24-4 155.
Receiving: Chancellor—Raymond Buckner 3-54; Brandon Cavalier 2-20; Dominic Kaopua 1-12; Chris Holmes 2-10; Tyler Morton 1-1. King George—Jordi Estes 3-79; Deshon Brown 4-71; Alon Clipper 2-9; Jacob Baker 1-(-4).
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