The Caroline High School varsity football team took on Chancellor High School in the 2013 homecoming game that had been delayed due to weather, defeating them 26-20 in an Oct. 14 game that was the most exciting of this season.
Both teams were very evenly matched, with their athleticism and excellence of coaching becoming evident as the game progressed. The Chargers of Chancellor challenged Caroline’s Cavaliers with the play of freshman quarterback Jason Brown and senior running back Deandre Miller.
“We adjusted for the running back and then there was the quarterback,” commented Coach Jeremiah Ross of the Cavaliers.
Countering the Chargers’ offensive weapons were the Cavaliers’ own strengths. In particular, Rasharrd Harris threw for a season high 428 yards, which put his year to date total at 1,706 yards, and there is a lot more football to be played.
Keyshawn Johnson continued to be Harris’ favorite target with 178 yards in receptions and two touchdowns followed closely by Aason Pankey with 140 yards receiving and one touchdown. Chad Boxley added 85 yards in his usual crunching manner of running and scored a touchdown.
Boxley’s 16-yard jaunt through the defense of Chancellor and into the end zone followed a Caroline fumble recovery and broke a 20-20 tie in the game with 1:35 remaining on the clock. A missed point after touchdown (PAT) brought the scoring to an end with Caroline the victor 26-20.
In the third quarter, Caroline again broke a tie game and went ahead 20-13 on a 35-yard pass play from Harris to Johnson with 7:13 left in the quarter. Brando Garcia’s successful PAT gave the Cavaliers a 20-13 edge.
Caroline struck hard to begin the game. Winning the toss and electing to receive the initial kickoff, Harris took advantage of the speed of his receiving corps and with only 17 seconds into the game connected with Keyshawn Johnson for a 66-yard touchdown play. Garcia’s kick proved to be true and the Cavaliers were on top 7-0.
Following a strong defensive goal line stance by the Cavaliers that gave them the ball on their own 1-yard line, Harris again connected with another of his receiver corps, this time Pankey for a 99 yard pass play for a touchdown. A failed 2-point conversion left the score at 13-0.
In the fourth quarter, Chancellor gave Cavalier fans something to worry about as quarterback Brown completed a 15-yard pass to Kofie Jones with 8:44 left in the fourth quarter. Kicker Austin Seipp added an extra point to bring the score to a tie at 20-20.
Chancellor’s initial score came at the 11:09 mark in the second quarter on a 2-yard run by Miller. Seipp’s extra point kick was good and the score at this point was 13-7 Caroline. With 3:08 remaining in the half, Brown connected with Jones for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion failed and the score was tied at the half 13-13.
Coach Ross commented on the game, “I am very pleased with the effort they put out tonight. It was a very competitive game and the team fought hard throughout.”
Caroline continues to improve weekly, but so does every other team in the Battlefield District. Friday, the Cavaliers face a big challenge as it takes its 3-3 record and travels to battle the 4-2 Courtland Cougars.
CAROLINE 13 0 7 6 26
CHANCELLOR 0 13 O 7 20
TEAM STATISTICS CA CH
First Downs 15 17
Rushing-Yardage 22-46 49-275
Passing -Yardage 428 149
Passes 17-36-0 9-14-1
Punts 4-35.5 4-35.5
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 4-3
Penalties-Yards 11-100 10-80
Rushing: Caroline–Chad Boxley 16-88, TD; Rasharrd Harris 7-(-42). Chancellor–DeAndre Miller 27-110; Jason Brown 10-63; Quincy Pfost-Banks 2-58; Kofie Jones 4-22; Orlando Jones 5-12; Kemoni Dunn 1-7.
Passing: Caroline–Rasharrd Harris 17-36-0 428. Jason Brown 9-24-1 149.
Receiving: Caroline–Keyshawn Johnson 6-178, 2 TD; Aason Pankey 3-142, TD; Jaquan Monroe 4-30; Darius Leacock 2-21; RayQuan Smithers 1-40; Tyler Dudley Paige 2-15. Chancellor–Quincy Pfost-Banks 1-44; Kofie Jones 3-40, 2 TD; Emanuel Jenkins 1-27; Brandon Cavalier 3-22; Kemoni Dunn 1-6.