RUTHERFORDTON — It was one for the spotlight reel at “The Palace” on Friday evening Sadly, one crew needed to undergo a heartbreaking loss, whereas the opposite exuberantly celebrated the very fact they had been capable of name themselves County Champions. This 12 months, the CHASE Trojans will hold the Rutherford County Championship trophy at “The Farm,” after coming away with a 50-49 victory in time beyond regulation over R-S Central.
“I couldn’t be extra happy with our crew,” CHASE head coach Chris Cogdill stated ecstatically. “They stored preventing and stored preventing and we discovered a approach to win on the very finish. Hats off to Coach Hutchins and his workers and his crew. They performed a heck of a recreation and people children didn’t give up both. It got here down there to the tip. We’re actual banged up and I don’t know the way we’re going to area a crew subsequent week, however we’ll determine it out. Proper now, we’re going to get pleasure from this one for the subsequent couple of days.”
CHASE started the sport on their very own 39 yard line after a kickoff return by Damian Boykins. The Trojans stored their assault on the bottom, speeding the ball on 9 straight performs as Kaden Hampton and Cameron Wilkins put the offense within the crimson zone. On the ninth play of the drive, Stoney Hicks took the handoff and located pay grime. Caleb Lawson drilled the additional level, placing CHASE forward 7-0.
The CHASE protection would make a play on the following drive. On the second play from scrimmage, R-S Central quarterback Jaiden Coston rolled out to his proper and tried to hit Jayden Hooper on a deep ball, however Taivon Derisma batted the ball proper into the arms of an oncoming Kiylan Miller, who secured the interception. After an extended move completion from Hampton to Miller, Hampton hit Boykins for a 23-yard rating. After the additional level, CHASE led 14-0.
The Hilltoppers offense would reply in simply 5 performs. After a primary down run by Toms, Coston dropped again to move on third-and-17 and located John Henry Norris on their own and he carried the ball to the CHASE 4. On the subsequent play, Toms took a toss sweep into the endzone for the rating. The additional level was no good and CHASE led 14-6.
As soon as once more, the Trojans would go on an extended march. Touring 68 yards in 10 performs, the CHASE offense continued to seek out success operating behind the offensive line. Finally, Miller would run it in from 5 yards out and Hampton would discover Anthony Smith on the two-point conversion, leading to a 22-6 lead.
On the subsequent Hilltoppers possession, Coston would reply together with his legs. Dealing with a 2nd-and-5, Coston turned on the jets and sprinted 53 yards to the home as R-S Central lower into the lead, 22-13.
The Trojans would once more go on a 10-play scoring drive. Utilizing the bottom recreation for almost all of the best way. Confronted with a 4th-and-11 from the R-S 27, Hampton discovered Derisma large open for the landing and CHASE led 29-13 after the additional level.
R-S Central would return to work on their subsequent drive. After a 23-yard rush by Tyler Logan, Coston would cowl 29 yards over three performs, ultimately scoring on a one-yard run to carry R-S inside 10, 29-19.
CHASE would discover the endzone as soon as extra earlier than the halftime buzzer sounded. Hampton moved the ball down the sector together with his legs earlier than discovering Boykins for a 19-yard landing move with 58.3 left within the opening half. After the additional level, CHASE led 36-19.
That rating would maintain till halftime because the protection was capable of get a cease heading into the break.
The Hilltoppers wasted no time slicing into the deficit within the second half. Tasked with attempting to return all the best way again from a 17-point deficit, the offense acquired issues rolling with large runs by Ken Hines III together with a 34-yard gallop, which arrange a three-yard speeding landing. Toms would convert the two-point conversion, making the rating, 36-27.
Subsequent, it was the Hilltoppers defensive unit who made a play. After giving up a primary down, R-S Central bowed up and compelled a Trojans punt.
Beginning the drive at their very own 17, Hines and Coston mixed for 71 yards speeding on three straight performs, earlier than Malaki Ryan put the exclamation mark on the drive with a three-yard scamper. Toms once more transformed the two-point strive, pulling R-S Central inside one, 36-35.
CHASE would discover success with its floor recreation on the following possession as Wilkins busted a 24-yard run to the R-S 43 on the primary play of the drive. Hampton would choose up one other first down and after two rushes by Wilkins and yet one more by Hampton, the Trojans had been within the crimson zone. After a 13-yard completion to Derisma, Hampton picked up 5 yards and Miller did the remaining with a two-yard rating. After the additional level, CHASE led 43-35.
On the following kickoff, CHASE recovered a RS fumble. However the Hilltoppers protection would instantly power a three-and-out, returning the ball to the R-S Central offense.
After Toms and Coston picked up 40 yards mixed on back-to-back performs, the offense sputtered, however would discover its rhythm once more advancing contained in the crimson zone. It appeared Toms had introduced the Hilltoppers inside two with an 18-yard landing run, however a holding penalty negated the rating and R-S Central would find yourself turning the ball over on downs.
CHASE appeared poised to run a great chunk of day off the clock after choosing up a pair of first downs, however a holding penalty backed the Trojans up and the Hilltoppers protection pressured a punt, giving the R-S Central offense yet one more alternative to tie the sport up.
Hines III picked up a primary down, as did Norris with a 28-yard run. After a false begin and a brief acquire, Tyler Logan took a toss round the suitable aspect to the home for a 34-yard rating, establishing the all essential two-point conversion try.
After a Trojans timeout, R-S Central’s two-point try was stopped properly brief, however a face masks penalty on CHASE gave the Hilltoppers a second likelihood and they might reap the benefits of it as Coston transformed the attempt to tie the sport at 43 with 95 seconds remaining.
CHASE would work its approach to the R-S 20, however the Hilltoppers protection pressured a cease, sending the sport to time beyond regulation.
On the opening possession of time beyond regulation, Hines III scored on a nine-yard run, however the Trojans had been capable of block the additional level, as R-S Central led 49-43.
Hampton would hold it on back-to-back performs, choosing up eight yards and establishing a two-yard rating by Miller. Lawson would drill the additional level, giving the Trojans the 50-49 victory.
Regardless of the loss, R-S Central head coach Brad Hutchins was happy with his crew.
“I instructed them at halftime that we’re a second half crew and that we had been nonetheless on this recreation,” he stated. “We simply got here up brief. I’m simply tremendous happy with this crew. We’re an excellent soccer program. CHASE is an excellent soccer program too.”
CHASE (4-2, 3-2 Southwestern 2A Convention) will head to South Level for a matchup subsequent Friday, whereas R-S Central (4-2, 3-2) will host Burns on Senior Evening.
CH — 14 22 7 0 7 — 50
RS — 6 13 16 8 6 — 49