Cavs run right past Westview
Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 12:00 pm
By ALLISON JONES
Special to The Press
Playoff seeding was on the line Friday night when Crockett County came to town to take on a struggling Westview in a District 13AA matchup.
The Chargers have been in this same spot before. After loses to Milan and Dyersburg last year, the Chargers finished out the season with three straight victories, the first being a 35-7 victory over the Cavaliers.
But the Cavaliers would not let history repeat itself, beating the Chargers 34-20.
The Crockett County running game proved too much for the young Charger defense. The duo of Johnny Jones (12 carries for 119 yards) and Josh Tatum (11 carries for 109 yards) paced the Cavalier offense that put up 422 yards of total offense.
Westview’s Ryne Vinson completed 10 of his 15 passes for 152 yards, while Quan Williams led the struggling Charger rushing attack with 70 yards on 30 carries.
The rushing attack looked hung over from last week’s game at Dyersburg, in which they only accounted for 28 yards in the contest, by putting up just 19 yards on the ground in the first half.
The offense found more of a rhythm in the second half but was too far behind to put together a rally.
“We have our work cut out for us,” said Westview head coach Don Coady. “We’re still making mistakes. We have to work harder on the practice field and get the kids to understand what we’re trying to do.”
The Chargers found themselves in a hole early. On the first play of the Cavaliers’ second possession, Josh Tatum burst through the line and went 76 yards to put his team on the board, but a failed PAT by Nolan Porter left the Cavalier lead at 6-0.
It only took one play from scrimmage on their first play of the second quarter for the Cavaliers to reach paydirt again. This time it was Johnny Jones who reached the end zone on a 56-yard carry.
But the resulting kickoff brought a much-needed spark to the Westview sideline.
Senior Javiar Gordon gave the Chargers their best starting field position of the contest on a 68-yard kickoff return to the Cavalier 32-yard line.
On the second play from scrimmage, Vinson lofted a pass to Beau Kelly, who made the catch as he was falling out of bounds but was able to drag his foot in bounds. After a short conference, the referees ruled it a catch, putting the Chargers on the eight-yard-line.
Three plays later, Hunter Moore reached the end zone on a one-yard carry, cutting the deficit to seven points.
But it didn’t take long for the Cavaliers to answer. This time they struck through the air on a 65-yard connection from Donavan Mayfield to Terry Allen Beaird.
Crockett County had a chance to add to its lead right before the half. After driving to the Westview 30, Christian Hamilton came out to attempt a field goal but it sailed wide left.
It looked like the tides were changing for the Chargers in the second half. Quan Williams jump-started the half with a 17-yard carry on the first play from scrimmage. Williams touched the ball on seven of the Chargers eight plays from scrimmage of the drive.
Vinson capped off the drive with a short pass to Williams, who took the ball to the house, making it once again a one score game.
But that was as close as the Chargers would come. The defense was able to force a couple of 2nd-and-long situations, but the Cavaliers were able to utilize big plays and once again reach paydirt on a Jones 29-yard run.
A turnover deep in Charger territory set Crockett County up on the Westview 26-yard line. The Cavaliers’ running attack reached the end zone five plays later on a one-yard Mayfield keeper.
The Chargers’ offense put together a balanced attack on their next possession, driving down to the Cavalier 12-yard-line thanks to a couple big passes from Vinson (a 16-yard pass to Gordon and a 14-yard pass to Ty Brown). But Quan Williams was stuffed on 4th-and-2, halting the Chargers’ momentum.
However, the defense came up big forcing a three and out and putting the ball back in the hands of the offense.
Vinson came out firing once again, completing a 50-yard pass to R.J. Scott to the Crockett County 21 and then connecting with Beau Kelly in the end zone for a Charger touchdown.
The Cavaliers running attack was able to run out the rest of the clock, giving Westview its third district loss in as many weeks.
“We have to start winning some games,” said Coady. “We have to go out and prepare and get back on track and start winning some games or the season is over in two weeks.”
The Chargers will face another struggling district foe next week when Gibson County (0-8) visits.
Kickoff is set for 7:30. Published in The WCP 10.16.12