WEEK 7 FOOTBALL Fourth quarter rally lifts Chapin past White Knoll
Penalties in the red zone and a couple of key missed fourth down attempts made the difference as the Chapin Eagles survived a “Homecoming” scare from the White Knoll Timberwolves.
The 21-17 win made Chapin (5-2, 1-1) the fourth consecutive team to post a victory after losing the previous week to Region 5-5A powerhouse rival Dutch Fork. Later in the evening, Northwestern made it 5-0 for teams coming off a loss to the Silver Foxes when it defeated Clover for its firstr win of the season.
White Knoll got on the board first with a 28-yard field goal from Luis Orellano after penalties pushed them back late in their initial drive. Chapin answered on the first play of the second quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run from running back Trey Lyles.
After a Timberwolves’ fumble recovery, the Eagles answered with an interception as possession swung back and forth in the waning minutes of the half. White Knoll scored on a 57-yard pass play from quarterback Aveon Smith to wide receiver Aiden Myers with 35 seconds remaining to regain the lead 10-7.
The Timberwolves looked to continue their surge in the third as they took their first drive of the second half into the end zone with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Smith to wide receiver Darius Derrick-Jones.
Chapin (4-2, 1-1) grounded out their running game and punched it into the end zone twice in the remaining minutes of the game. It started with a 11-yard touchdown run from Taison Thomas and followed with a 5-yard touchdown run from Trey Lyles with five minutes remaining in the fourth after converting a critical fourth down attempt.
A final drive from the Timberwolves (4-3, 0-2) ended as they turned the ball over on downs in the final seconds.
Chapin quarterback Roger Pedroni finished with 142 passing yards, 127 to Jaylin Thomas on nine receptions. Smith threw for 205 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushed for 129 yards in the loss. Caleb Meyerland and Jaylan Johnson had 11 tackles each for the Timberwolves.
Chapin travels to River Bluff, which is coming off a 56-14 loss to Dutch Fork, while White Knoll travels to Spring Valley for a non-region contest.
WEEK 7 FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCORES
North Augusta 28, Airport 10
Batesburg-Leesville 33, Silver Bluff 19
South Aiken 40, Brookland-Cayce 35
Dutch Fork 56, River Bluff 14
Blythewood 21, Irmo 14
Oakbrook Prep 21, Northside Christian 6
Pelion 34, Edisto 23
Strom Thurmond 41, Swansea 21
Calhoun Academy 46, W.W. King 14