The boys fell to Mid Carolina last night 72-66. Leading scorer for Chapin was senior Blake Edwards with 26 points , he is now averaging 29.5 ponts per game. Chapin is 1-1 on the season after defeating River Bluff 33-32 Wednesday night.
Chapin football is over. It’s a sentence I haven’t wanted to see all year but it’s here. And while it may have ended without a playoff win, this season has been one of the most memorable ever. After sitting in the press box Friday night for the first time this season I noticed what was truly made this season memorable. It wasn’t the incredible 3-0 start, It wasn’t watching Logan Bailey dance in the pocket and make incredible throws, it wasn’t Chandler Engel plowing through defenders, It wasn’t the overtime win against Brookland-Cayce, it wasn’t watching the defense crush defenders, it wasn’t the blowouts or the losses. No the most memorable thing about this football team was the community that they built and how Chapin came together for it’s football team.
Sitting in the press box I saw that community like I’ve never seen it before. As a student you mainly only notice the other students, but up in the press box I noticed the adults and parents. All were as loud and involved in the game as the student section was. These were the same people who made the trek to Swansea, battled the rain against RNE , and endured the cold last Friday night. Students and Parents alike came together this season over this team and that’s something we can’t take for granted.
As a senior this year of football has meant exponentially more than all of the other years combined. And thanks to this community of people I have made memories that will last me a lifetime and I hope you have too. Chapin football I can’t thank you enough, you warriors on the field, have given us a gift we can never forget. Thank you Chapin football, thank you.
When Coach Justin Gentry was hired in 2010 he knew the future was bright. With each season came improvements, milestones and brotherhood. To the class of 2015, they were the ones who “bought in.” They were hardened through the rough times, stood through the injuries and stuck with the program that Coach Gentry worked so hard to build. They saw the undefeated region season, the double OT “miracle at the Cecil” and lets not forget the back to back dismantling of our rival Mid-Carolina. For some of these guys it’s the last time they will ever play a snap of football, but it's not the last time they will make the Chapin community proud. As a part of the Class of 2015, I’ve been honored to cover them this season. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of us. So with a lump in my throat, I’m going to sign off on my last football report of the year. It’s been MY pleasure.
Here are a couple of the links to the "Senior Spotlights" that were written before the season.
The Chapin Varsity Girls tennis team is 18-2 on the year and have advanced to the 2nd round of the playoffs after defeating Seneca High School 6-0 Thursday afternoon. The Lady Eagles starting 7 (listed below) have proved to be consistent all year and are looking for a long run in the State playoffs. Their next match is Monday, opponent TBA.
1. Savanna Fuller
2. Mary Kathryn Dickson
3. Katie Koon
4. Emily Head
5. Olivia Cartwright
6. Emily Sawvell
7. Emily Kibler.
Logan Bailey and the Chapin offense seemed to be clicking on all cylinders offensively in the first half, striking quick on their first possession of the game. The Chapin defense who has produced stops all year, did not have an an answer for Dreher's option offense. Turnovers and a missed PAT proved to be crucial for the Eagles in the 2nd half, with a pair of fumbles coming from Chapin running backs that halted the momentum and ultimately led to a Dreher score. Late in the fourth quarter trailing by 8 points, Chapin's offense marched down the field and with another miraculous scramble, Logan Bailey found Noah Schelble in the back of the end zone with 1 second left on the clock. Chapin lined up to go for the 2 point conversion to try to force to game to overtime. Bailey took the snap, scrambled around but his passing attempt would be denied and Dreher would hold on in ultra dramatic fashion. Chapin falls to 6-3 on the year and 2-2 in region play. They will take on the Camden Bulldogs at 7:30 on October 31st. With the suspension of both Dreher and Camden from the playoffs and appeals to set forth in the coming future, the seeding for the Chapin Eagles in the playoffs is unclear. You can watch Senior Night and the game live here under the "watch live" link.
Due to a lack luster effort on my part, I was unable to overlook the preview our contributor Joe Devine submits on Thursday before the game, but it was brought to my attention that it was more of a reading of the future than a preview...
Here it is, word for word,
"Friday night looks to be a big night the the (5-2) eagles. Not only is it Homecoming and Breast Cancer awareness night, but the Eagles need the region win against the (1-6) Lower Richland hornets, to stay afloat after last weeks region win. The game seems to favor the Eagles comfortable as Lower Richland is allowing 26 points a game and the Eagles high powered offense is averaging 27 points a game. The no fly zone defense is only allowing a stingy 17 points a game and The Hornets offense has been slacking scoring only 17 points a game.
The key to this game will be the play of the offensive line. In the eagles two losses this season quarterback Logan Bailey has had minimal time to throw the ball and this causes the high powered offense to break down. It will be key for the line to work well and give Bailey time to go through his progressions and hit his open receivers. Limiting turnovers is key as well, as in the two losses this year for the eagles they have lost the turnover battle.
Another problem that seems to be mounting is the injury bug. The eagles seem to have been ravaged by injuries last week. After getting back defensive back Nate Blankenship some weeks ago, the eagles have been missing some key starters. Both running backs Chandler Engel and Stephan Washington has been injured and won't play on offense, along with senior starting receiver Anthony Gones. On defense, starting linebacker Jordan Day is also missing this game.
That being said the Eagles should just fine against the struggling Hornets. I predict phenomenal line play and an outstanding game for Bailey throwing the ball and a breakout performance from junior running back Ben Fisher, who is starting due to injuries to starting running backs Chandler Engel and Stephan Washington. The Eagles defense will be suffocating and look for big games from safety Nate Blankenship and linebackers Alex Shealy and Garrett Rinehart. I predict a 35-12 win for the Eagles!
and for the doubters here is a picture of the email he sent me with it time stamped...
There you go folks 10/16/2014 at 2:09 PM
Well Played Mr. Devine.
When it rains it pours. Chapin found a way to get it done tonight and capture their first region victory of the season. Chapin's last region lost came against AC Flora October 5th 2012, and the Eagles will be taking on the Falcons, Thursday at Memorial field in Columbia. Stay tuned for a recap of tonight's action.
Chapin leads Richland Northeast 14-8 at halftime. Costly penalties have been the theme for the eagles so far in the first half. Chandler Engel who is the leading rusher for Chapin left the game mid way through the 2nd quarter. Live updates will continued to be tweeted throughout the game at @ChapinSportsNet on twitter.
On Friday at Spring Valley High School, the Chapin Eagles (4-1) will be taking on the Richland Northeast Cavaliers (0-5) in both teams first region match up of the season. RNE is new to 3A region IV, replacing the Westwood Redhawks who moved up to 4A. Chapin is coming off a region championship in the 2013, and is looking for the same result this season. Live updates will be provided, please follow @ChapinSportsNet on twitter.