Logan Bailey scrambled and found a wide open Evan Estridge in the end zone for the successful 2 point conversion attempt to give Brookland Cayce their first lose of the season. Chapin moves their record to 4-1 on the year, and has a bye next week.
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.