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Prep Football: Chargers’ offense puts up big night
BY KURT NICOLL
FOR THE FREE LANCE–STAR
The Chancellor Chargers regained the services of quarterback Darrin Jackson last night and served notices to the rest of the Battlefield District and anyone they might face in the playoffs that they now possess the explosiveness to score at anytime and from anywhere on the field.
Coming back from an ankle sprain, Jackson completed all four of his pass attempts for 160 yards and three touchdowns in a 42–13 victory over Spotsylvania.
The senior shared the spotlight with Dominic Kaopua, who rushed for a career-high 204 yards while scoring on electrifying runs covering 69 and 53 yards.
“You have to give it to the line. They were driving the defensive line 10 yards off the ball and the rest of it was me,” Kaopua said. “We ran the right side pretty much the whole game.”
Already blessed with a strong defense, the Chargers (6–2, 4–1) amassed over 500 yards of offense, including six plays that covered 50 or more yards. At halftime, Chancellor led 28–0 with an impressive 318 yards.
Chancellor slowed down a bit in the second half. Kaopua scored his second TD on the Chargers’ first play from scrimmage with teammate Brandon Cavalier throwing a key block to ensure the score. Tyler Morton found daylight to the outside after hauling in Jackson’s pass over the middle to complete a 55-yard scoring play for his second touchdown.
The Knights (2–6, 1–4) showed considerable spunk by scoring a pair of second-half TDs, one following a fumble recovery and the other on a stellar individual effort by quarterback Ashten Dixon, who scrambled to his left before finding Clinton Ferguson alone in the end zone.
Chancellor 21 7 14 0 — 42
Spotsylvania 0 0 6 7 — 13
Ch-T. Morton 28-yard run (kick failed)
Ch-D. Miller 83-yard pass from D. Jackson (J. Clemens kick)
Ch-B. Cavalier 26-yard pass from D. Jackson (D. Edwards from D. Jackson)
Ch-D. Kaopua 69-yard run (J. Clemens kick)
Ch-D. Kaopua 53-yard run (J. Clemens kick)
Ch-T. Morton 55-yard pass from D. Jackson (J. Clemens kick)
Sp-C. Petitt 1-yard run (kick failed)
Sp-C. Ferguson 35-yard pass from A. Dixon (S. Mondragon kick)
First downs11 12
Rushing yardage31-291 46-103
Passing yardage212 84
Rushing: Spotsylvania—Ashten Dixon 15-49; Aaron Brown 7-22; Josh Morris 6-14; Travis Huber 1-8; James Anderson 8-6; Charlie Petitt 2-4, TD; Darius Carter 2-1; Jon Hall 1-0; Clinton Ferguson 4-(-1). Chancellor—Dominic Kaopua 10-204, 2TD; Jamal Jones 7-41; Tyler Morton 1-28, TD; Steven Coates 5-13; Demetrie Dores 2-5; Darrin Jackson 1-4; Zander Roysten 5-(-4).
Passing: Spotsylvania—Ashten Dixon 7-13-0 84, TD. Chancellor—Darrin Jackson 4-4-0 160, 3TD; Zander Roysten 1-4-0 52; Chris Holmes 0-1-0 0.
Receiving: Spotsylvania—Clinton Ferguson 3-43, TD; Chantz Ballard 2-24; Josh Morris 1-15; Jon Hall 1-2. Chancellor—DeAndre Miller 1-83, TD; Tyler Morton 1-55, TD; DreQuan Edwards 1-52; Brandon Cavalier 1-26, TD; Chris Holmes 1-(-4).