38-17 Chapman, at Chapman
Chapman came away Friday with a 38-17 region win playing their Homecoming game against Clinton.
The Panthers improve to 5-1 on the season and take the first region win. Clinton is 2-4 and now 0-1 in the region, next week facing Mid-Carolina, a 14-6 loser to Broome, in the second region matchup. The game turned for Chapman on a roughing the punter call on Clinton in the 3rd quarter. That penalty kept a drive alive, and Chapman scored a touchdown to lead in what had been a 14-10 Clinton leading game. Early on, Clinton led the turnover battle, 2-1, with a pass interception and a fumble recovery.
Kris Holmes racked up 130 yards rushing for the Red Devils. Clinton got two 4th down conversions in an early drive that resulted in a Koko Richey touchdown catch. That gave Clinton a 7-3 lead with 3:50 to play before halftime. After a Chapman TD pass, it took Clinton one play to re-take the lead. Aaron Copeland hauled in a Charlie Craven pass for an 80-yard touchdown.
Then, it was all Chapman in the 3rd quarter. Chapman was called for a flagrant facemask penalty on the 2nd half kickoff, and the two teams had to be separated by the officials. Donte Reeder snagged a low pass, then was flagged for signalling that it was a first down. Holmes was injured as a Chapman defender twisted his leg on a tackle. Chapman scored again on a run with 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.
Two Jalen Carter catches and a Holmes run ended the 3rd quarter with Clinton at the Chapman 5-yard line. The Red Devils got an Elvis Fitz field goal. Chapman scored on a touchdown pass and a quarterback run. Between the two Panthers scores, two runs by Holmes out Clinton past midfield, but Craven trying to escape pressure and throw the ball away, instead threw an interception.
Clinton football head coach Andrew Webb said some penalties naturally occur during the course of a game, but some Clinton penalties against Chapman showed a lack of discipline.