Chapin will be taking on Brookland Cayce Friday September 19th at 7:30. It will be Military Appreciation Night. Everyone come out to Cecil Woolbright field to support your Eagles and witness the unveiling of the new video board.
Chapin suffers their first lost on the season, losing to Newberry High School 34-26. You can re-watch the game at our "Watch Live" tab. Please feel free to discuss the game in the comments below.
The attacks on September 11th, 2001 will forever be seared in the memory of every American who witnessed the horror that Tuesday morning. In the following days after 9/11, time seemed to be at a stand still. Work and Schools were closed, and even sporting events around the country were cancelled. For the first time, Americans were having to live in fear. The resolve of the United States had been tested, but reluctantly like we have done so many other times before; We rose up. Americans from coast to coast stood up and stared fear in it’s eyes. We, as a country found a sense of normalcy in sports, terrorist could destroy our tallest buildings, but they could not destroy the American Way of Life. On September 21st, 2001, the New York Mets took on the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field in New York. In the eighth inning of a 2-2 ball game, the Mets’ Mike Piazza blasted a solo home run to give New York the lead and eventually the victory, but the home run meant so much more. Our way of life had returned, everything had seemed to regain it’s normalcy. Met’s fans were still booing Atlanta’s Chipper Jones, Mike Piazza was still hitting 400 foot moon shots, and the Met’s fans were still determined to find themselves in the playoffs. Finally, it was a normal night in New York City. The power of sports, specifically the Mets comeback over the Braves, gave the entire nation hope. The hope of an American comeback. The healing power of sports proved crucial, through it the revival of the “American Spirit” was made possible. CSPN Sports thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the 9/11 attacks and the heroics of the first responders.
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Chapin has done something this season that hasn’t been done in five years, opened 3-0. This quick start has ignited a fire not only in the team but also in the fans. The Eagles are hoping to continue there winning ways this Friday against the Newberry Bulldogs. The Eagles have been finding success through strong line play and a solid effort from the defense. Termed the No-Fly Zone, the Eagles have allowed 0, 6, and 20 points in their first three games, averaging a stingy 8.6 points a game. This trend hopes continue against a high powered Newberry offense, which has averaged 40 and 33 points in their two games. Look for big impact games from linebackers Jordan Day and Garrett Reinhart to stop the Newberry rushing attack and put pressure on Newberry’s quarterback. The Offense also looks to keep it’s hot streak going with the strong play of dual threat quarterback Logan Bailey. Bailey has been instrumental in keeping the offense humming by keeping plays alive with his scrambling and improvised throws. Look for him and senior running back Chandler Engel to be difference makers Friday. Chapin will have a tough challenge ahead but I’m predicting a 38-28 win in a close contest featuring a lot of offense.
The Chapin Eagles and the “12th Man” arrived at Doug Bennett Field in Swansea, South Carolina determined to push their record to 3-0 on the year after a 22-6 win over rival Mid-Carolina the previous week. It was a slow start offensively for both teams. The Swansea Tigers showed the ability to move the ball early, but the penetration of the Eagle defensive line, led by Senior Matt Bickley proved to be too much for Swansea’s running game. So far this year, Chapin has looked skilled at the linebacker and defensive line spots. They have been able to get pressure on the quarterback and make life easier on Chapin’s secondary who has suffered injuries this season, including Senior safety Nate Blakenship who was diagnosed with mono before Week 0, and should be limited in the upcoming game against Newberry. After a pair of three and outs by both squads early, Chapin strung together some key plays, including punishing runs from Chandler Engel who carried it down to Swansea’s red zone, an area the Tiger’s defense struggled in all night. From 1 yard out, QB Logan Bailey scored on the keeper midway through the second quarter, moving the score to 7-0. Swansea had an answer, after a drive that lasted only 1:37 the Tigers made it all even at 7-7. A key third and out forced by the Eagle defense would prove costly for Swansea. With 53 seconds left in the first half, Logan Bailey scrambled and found Junior Wide Receiver, Evan Estridge for a 22 yard touchdown strike. Swansea tried to create some late first half magic of their own, but there impressive offensive drive ended in a fumble, and the Eagles went to halftime with a 14-7 lead over number 7th ranked Swansea Tigers. The Tigers received the ball in the second half but were stopped by Chapin on there own 47 yard line on fourth down. What seemed to be a key turnover by Chapin’s offense midway through the third quarter, was redeemed by Chapin’s defense, who forced another punting situation for Swansea on fourth down. Defensive stops have seemed to be the theme for the Chapin Eagle squad all season. Justin Dodd’s 26 yard punt return allowed for the offense to have ideal starting field position. Again, it was Logan Bailey who connected with Evan Estridge on a 55 yard touchdown pass, after a missed PAT Chapin pushed their lead to 20-7. Swansea completed a 45 yard pass and found their selves in Chapin’s red zone, but were again denied by Chapin’s defensive line on fourth down late in the fourth quarter. Another rushing touchdown by QB Logan Bailey inside Swansea’s red zone pushed Chapin ahead 27-7 with six minutes left in the game. Unlike the first half, the second half particularly in the fourth quarter, turned into a shootout between these two offenses. Swansea had an answer of their own, taking a 50 yard screen pass for a touchdown. After a failed onside attempt by the Tigers, Chapin took over on their own 44 yard line. Successful in running some time off the clock, punter Evan Estridge pinned Swansea back on their own 6 yard line. On a third and short for Swansea, a botched hand off led to a Chapin Eagle recovery on the Tigers own 2 yard line. Bailey would notch his third rushing touchdown of the night and seal the 34-20 victory for the Chapin Eagles. Logan closed the winning night out throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for three. The Chapin Eagles will be taking on the Newberry Bulldogs, at home on Friday, September 12th.
Thirty minutes prior to kickoff, fans and students were packed in to Lon Armstrong in Prosperity, South Carolina awaiting the kickoff of the Chapin, Mid Carolina rivalry. Hoping to snap their losing streak, the Mid Carolina Rebels could not get anything going against Chapin’s defense, and could not respond to Chapin’s offensive threat. The “12th man” environment of the Chapin student section proved to be a huge asset, disrupting the Rebel offense’s rhythm, causing them to burn costly timeouts throughout the game. After three offside penalties by Mid Carolina on the opening kickoff, The Chapin Eagle offense started with excellent field position, but after a quick three and out, Chapin was faced with a punting situation. Evan Estridge, who has handled the punting duties for most of the season, took the snap and passed the ball to a wide open Noah Schelble, who seemed to be out of play. Schelble took it down the sideline for a first down. Chapin would cap off the drive with a Logan Bailey touchdown run, putting Chapin on the board early 7-0. The Chapin defense proved to be firing on all cylinders, proving that last week’s shut out of Columbia High School was not a joke. After a Mid Carolina three and out, Chapin took over and finished the drive off with a 7 yard Chandler Engel touchdown, a busted PAT attempt would move the score to 13-0 Chapin. After some key passes from Mid Carolina quarterback Corey Stone, the Rebels were moving the ball well and seemed to be controlling the possession of the game. On fourth down, deep in Chapin territory, linebacker Garrett Reinhart recovered a fumbled and the Chapin offense took over with momentum in their hands. Mid Carolina once again found themselves moving the ball down the field late in the second half, a long pass to a Rebel wide receiver was called back by a costly penalty, but the Chapin defense had no time for a sigh of relief as Mid Carolina lined up to go for it on fourth down. Again it was the Junior linebacker, Garret Reinhart who made a tackle in the backfield to hold the score to 13-0 going into halftime. In the second half, once again the Rebels looked to show life on offense, but a pass in the flats was picked off by the Senior cornerback Rakeem Rikard, showing a bursts of speed and some flashy moves, Rikard took it all the way down to the Mid Carolina five yard line. On third and goal with about eight yards to go, Logan Bailey scored on a QB keeper. A blocked PAT attempt moved the score to 19-0, with the Chapin Eagles seeming to have all the momentum in their favor. After a Mid Carolina touchdown, the first Rebel points Chapin has given up in seven quarters of play, Smith Dawsey and the Chapin Eagles would line up for a 33 yard field goal with six minutes left in the contest. After a beautiful snap and hold, something the special teams unit had trouble with all night, “The Leg” Dawsey split the uprights and capped off the night for the Eagles. Late in the fourth quarter, Senior linebacker Alex Shealy grabbed a key interception, which appeared to seal the 22-6 victory for Chapin. The first offensive play after the interception, Chapin fumbled and it appeared the Rebels still showed life, but on fourth down for Mid Carolina, defensive tackle Matt Bickley made a stop in the backfield that iced the win for the Chapin Eagles. After a physical game, much of which was proven at the line of scrimmage, Head Coach Justin Gentry and the Chapin Eagles, captured “The Bell” for the second year in a row, moving the all time record between Chapin and Mid Carolina to 40-17 in Chapin’s favor. Chapin will travel again next week, this time heading to Swansea High School, who in 2013, Chapin defeated 40-21.
In 1889, Martin Chapin and his immediate family moved from Cortland, New York to the Dutch Fork area of South Carolina, that would later be known as Chapin. Shortly after, a railroad was built from Laurens, South Carolina to the capitol city of Columbia. This provided a faster means of transportation due to the increasing demand for cotton and lumber. In 1924, with 129 students spread out in 12 grades, Chapin High School opened it’s doors. With the construction of the Lake Murray Dam in 1927, the Chapin community was destroyed, untouched was the ever important railroad system that kept the town economically stable throughout the Great Depression.
The end of World War II brought an increase in population to the Dutch Fork area, schools became the main priority of town council members and politicians. Little Mountain, Pomaria, and Prosperity High School would all be combined in to what would be known as Mid Carolina High School in 1958. The Chapin Eagles and the Mid Carolina Rebels would first meet on the gridiron the following year, only coming 10 years after the Eagles had adopted their own football team and were no longer the “Flying Dutchmen” which was a team combined with the likes of Irmo and Chapin students. Now with a successful football program in the works and just 8 miles separating Mid Carolina from Chapin, a rivalry was born, one that will go down in history as the greatest in the state of South Carolina.
At least 3 times a day whether you are sitting on your front porch in Prosperity, South Carolina or sitting on your dock in Chapin, South Carolina, a train’s whistle can be heard, still transporting goods into the Capitol City. Today the trains once carrying manual bells have been replaced with automated horns, making the bell the perfect trophy for any good high school rivalry. Once on a freight train, it was rung at it’s station in Little Mountain and it’s station in Chapin, now it’s rung by the victor. One of Chapin’s all time leaders in yards, quarterback Matthew Charpia who served as the starting quarterback from 2011 to 2013 said “There is nothing like ringing the bell after the win, there is so much history to be celebrated in this rivalry and to see it in the right teams hands this year makes it that much better.” Charpia defeated Mid Carolina twice in his career once being the on controversial 5 down situation, in which he spiked the ball on 4th down but it was later ruled the ball was snapped before the referees whistle blew, which resulted in a dead play penalty and a replay of the down. Matt would go on to throw a Hail Mary in the end zone to wide receiver Eric Scheble for the game winning touchdown. Chapin fans called it the “Miracle on Lake Murray, the Rebels called it 5 downs and even called for Chapin’s athletic director to forfeit the game.
With a 25-0 win in 2013 the bell currently resides in the hallways of Chapin High School. Like the people of Dutch Fork, the bells paintwork is split in half. One side shows the famous eagle claw of Chapin and the other side portrays the interlocking “MC” of the Rebels, but it means more. It represents the history these two communities and schools share. Only 8 miles apart, but an 8 miles filled with rivalry and pure hate. Whether it’s 5 downs or hail Mary miracles, the Mid Carolina Chapin rivalry has and will always be the “Battle for the Bell.”
With the field temperature being right around 110 degrees at kickoff, both teams knew they had a tough task ahead of them. Chapin without a doubt proved to be the better team, at one point scoring 4 touchdowns on 4 drives in the first half of action. On a 4th and short for the Eagles, running back Chandler Engel busted a 50 yard touchdown run to put Chapin ahead 7-0 early in the first quarter. Engel, who The State newspaper is spelling Engle, had 18 carries for 127 yards and 3 touchdowns. Will Register, sophomore TE grabbed a 34 yard touchdown reception from QB Logan Bailey late in the first quarter, Bailey just a Junior, showed good presence scrambling from the pocket and making plays happen down field. Columbia High School, using the triple option attack had a hard time moving the ball all night, their leading rusher Quinton Carolina and starting QB Mike Williams couldn't make anything happen against the Chapin defense, which ultimately led to the shut out. Notables on defense include a couple of seniors, Matt Bickley and Alex Shealy, who both grabbed a pair of sacks and kept the Capitols running threat under control the entire night. After 2 more rushing touchdowns from Chandler Engel which pushed the score to 28-0, Chapin on a long 4th down elected to attempt a 40 yard field goal with a minute left. The holder Noah Schelble, who had an excellent night returning punts, handled a low snap and newly added junior kicker Smith Dawsey had just enough leg to put it through the uprights, moving the score to 31-0 Chapin at the end of the half. Chapin came out in the 2nd half, trying to preserve a 31 point lead, electing to move towards more of a conservative offense. Senior running back EJ Gilmore suffered a broken leg (Fibula) on a rushing play late in the fourth quarter, our thoughts are with him and his family today and moving forward toward his recovery. The Chapin defense would stand strong and keep Columbia off the board in the 2nd half and the Eagles would go on to capture Week 0; 31-0. The Chapin Eagles will be traveling to take on their rival Mid-Carolina next Friday at 7:30 PM. You can watch the first half of action (Technical Issues in 2nd half) at the link below:
EJ Gilmore's tweet: