Chapel Hill scoreless in three quarters, Riders win 55-14
The Center Roughrider offense struck in a consistent fashion last Friday against the Tyler Chapel Hill Bulldogs while the Center defense held their opponents scoreless for three quarters of the game.
Center won, 55-14, against the previously undefeated Bulldogs. The victory advanced the Roughriders' season record to 3-1 while it dropped Chapel Hill's mark to 3-1 instead of the 4-0 they were looking for.
Roughrider running back KeAmodre Horace got the team on the scoreboard early in the first quarter a run from mid-field at the 9:58 mark. The point after kick was good to pub Center ahead, 7-0.
It took Chapel Hill just more than a minute later to score and tie things up at 7-7, with 8:48 remaining in the first period. At about the halfway mark of the first quarter, Center came back with their own TD, to regain the lead, 14-7.
Late in the quarter, Chapel Hill intercepted a Roughrider pass which second up the Bulldogs second score of the game, tying things up at 14-14.
But Center came back early in the second quarter on the first play from scrimmage for the Riders when Jason Calloway took a Jake Hanson pass across the goal line to put Center on top once again, 21-14.
The Hanson-Calloway combo did their magic once again at the 9:10 mark in the second period when Calloway latched onto the ball about mid-field and out-ran Bulldog defenders all the way to the goal line. That play widened Center's lead, 28-14.
Horace expanded the Center lead to 35-14 late in the first half when he soared into the end zone untouched on a 60-yard run. The teams went to the locker rooms at halftime with the Roughriders holding that 21-point lead.
Early in the third quarter Horace put Center up 41-14 at the 11:37 mark. The PAT was no good.
While the Rider defense continued holding Tyler Chapel Hill out of the end zone in third quarter, Marques Hall capitalized on a Bulldog miscue when he intercepted a pass and took it into the end zone from 53 yards out.
With a good point after kick, Center was ahead 48-14 with about 7 minutes left in the third quarter.
The Chapel Hill offense was able to move the ball to inside the 10-yard line in the fourth quarter and looked like they might score. But once again the Roughrider defense held tight and the Bulldogs turned the ball over after four downs.
Center's Timothy Davis put the icing on the Riders' victory at the 7:00 minute mark in the fourth quarter when the Center O-line provided him a nice opening in the middle of the Bulldogs defense.
Davis was chased the length of the field by a handful of Chapel Hill defenders but he was never caught on the 82-yard run.
In the waning seconds of the game it appeared Chapel Hill had enough momentum going to at least add another score, but that attempt was thwarted by Jarron Daniels, who intercepted a Bulldog pass to keep Chapel Hill scoreless in the final three quarters of the game.
Big D comes through for Riders
Colton Crawford was named defensive Player of the Game. He had eight solo tackles, eight assists for 16 total tackles against Chapel Hill.
Alao, Week IV of the 2020 prep season, Crawford is rated No. 1 for sacks in Class 4A, Region III; he ranks No. 4 in the state of Texas and No. 36 in the nation, according to stats compiled by the sports webside MaxPreps. com.
Four of Crawford's tackles against Chapel Hill were for a loss of yards and he was also credited with four sacks in Center's defensive effort.
Right behind Crawford in total tackles was Keshun Hoyt with 15. Hoyt had nine solos and six assists in the game.
Aiden Hagler was in on 10 tackles with four solos and six assists in the game. Jamarcus McCollister had four solo tackles and five assists for nine total tackles against Chapel Hill.
As a team the Roughriders had 49 solos in the Chapel Hill game and another 54 assists for 103 total tackles, including four Bulldogs thrown for losses on those plays.
In addition to Crawford's four sacks, Jake Liker, Dreyven Emerson and D. Rankin each had one sack.
Riders' quarterback Jake Hanson had another stellar passing game. He connected on 11 of 18 attempts for 168 yards and two passing TD's. For the season Hanson has hit his mark 48 out of 91 tries for 669 yards and a 52.7 percent completion record.
KeAmodre Redd Horace carried the ball 13 times, picked up 178 yards in the game and averaged 13.7 yards per carry agains Chapel Hill. He had four touchdowns in the game.
In the first four games of the season Horace has been the go-to ball carrier 61 times and has picked up 907 yards. He has averaged 226.8 yards rushing per game and has picked up 17 touchdowns. Horace added another 41 yards receiving and is credited with 948 total offensive yards for the year.
Junior Jason Calloway had three receptions in the game and picked up a pair of touchdowns for the Riders. Calloway had 83 receiving yards in the game against Chapel Hill and 189 yards for the season on 10 receptions.
On the receiving end of Hanson's passes has been Markel Johnson leading the way so far in the season. The junior has caught 18 passes for 260 yards and four TD's. In Friday's game against Chapel Hill, Johnson had three catches for 24 yards.
Rounding out things for the Riders' Friday night game on receptions were Jamal Moore with 35 yards on two receptions; and MarMar Evans with three catches for 24 yards.
Marques Hall had a key defensive play when he picked off a Chapel Hill pass and took it 53 yards for a touchdown.
The Roughriders are scheduled to host their third home game in a row with a 7:30 p.m., kickoff against the Van Vandals. Van comes to Center with a 2-2 season mark and defeated Pittsburg, 30-2, this past Friday.
After Van, the Riders have a bye week on Oct. 2 as they prepare for the start of district play against the Carthage Bulldogs on the road on Oct. 9.
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Scores by quarter
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Center 14 21 13 7 55
Chapel Hill 14 0 0 0 14
Loss — Aug. 28 vs Tatum, 63-62
Win — Sept. 4 vs Jefferson, 48-0
Win — Sept. 11 vs Gladewater, 41-40
Win — Sept. 18 vs. Chapel Hill, 55-14