Chargers Advance in Football Playoffs With 40-22 Win
Updated: Oct 25
If there ever was a game in which two teams mirrored one another, it was last Friday's ACGC playoff game with South Hamilton. Both teams run a variation of the wishbone offense, and both head coaches learned that offense as players for legendary Madrid coach Lon Hinkle. In the end the Chargers prevailed over the Hawks, 40-22, and now advance to the round of sixteen next week.
After receiving the opening kickoff and moving the ball into Charger territory, the Hawks turned the ball over on a fumble recovered by Ben Marsh near midfield. ACGC then marched fifty two yards in six plays to pay dirt with Gavin Cornelison scoring from the one yard line. Charlie Crawford's successful PAT gave the Chargers a 7-0 lead.
When the Chargers forced the Hawks to punt on their next possession, the hosts began a twelve play, sixty six yard drive during which all four ACGC backfield players--Cornelison, Charlie Crawford, Cayden Jensen, and Brock Littler--carried the ball. Cornelison got the call to take the pigskin into the end zone at the 14:10 mark of the second stanza. The PAT increased the lead to 14-0.
South Hamilton was not about to give up the battle, and responded with a seventy two yard drive of its own to get on the scoreboard when fullback Austin Bush scored from three yards out. A failed PAT made the score 14-6.
The teams again took turns scoring with each adding a touchdown to their point total. The Charger score came when Cornelison broke through the South Hamilton secondary and raced fifty nine yards for his third of six touchdowns on the night. ACGC's lead increased to 21-6.
Not to be outdone, Bush scored again for the Hawks on a 33 yard run with ten seconds left before the halftime break. The successful two point conversion got the visitors within a touchdown at 21-14.
Following the intermission, ACGC took the second half kickoff and went seventy yards in nine plays to increase its lead to 28-14. Cornelison's number was called eight of nine times on the drive which included a ten yard TD run.
After the teams exchanged possessions, South Hamilton began a ten play, fifty five yard drive that extended into the fourth quarter. Bush again was called on and scored on a two yard plunge to open the quarter. A successful two point conversion got the Hawks within a touchdown at 28-22.
The Chargers scored on their next two possessions to "ice the game." Cornelison carried the ball fifteen consecutive times on those drives, totaling one hundred and five yards with two touchdowns to his credit. The two scores resulted in the final of 40-22.
Cornelison had a "career day", a "monster game", and a "unbelievable performance" all rolled into one! The Charger senior gained a school record 333 yards on 36 carries. He broke his own record of 303 yards set as a sophomore against West Central Valley. Hats off to Gavin and his teammates who helped him put up some incredible numbers.
With the win ACGC improves its record to 8-1 on the season, and moves on in the playoffs
to face South Central Calhoun in Lake City this Friday.
Score by quarter:
So Ham 0 14 0 8--22
ACGC 7 14 7 12--40
Charger statistics: Passing: Brick Littler (1 pass, no completions)
Rushing: Charlie Crawford (5 carries for 35 yards) Cayden Jensen (4 carries for 34 yards) Brock Littler (5 carries for 19 yards) Gavin Cornelison (37 carries for 333 yards)
Kickoff returns: Cayden Jensen (2 for 40 yards) Jed Wenihkoetz (1 for 0 yards)
Kickoffs: Charlie Crawford (7 for 331 yards)
PAT's: Charlie Crawford (5 attempts, 4 successful)
Tackles: Ben Marsh (2.5 total, 1 solo) Charlie Crawford (4-1) Reid Rumelhart (7-3) Austin Kunkle (2-1) Tegan Slaybaugh (2-2) Cayden Jensen (2.5-2) Brock Littler (1.5-0) Dawson Muller 1-1) Griffin Ayers (3-1) Gavin Cornelison (10.5-5) Seth Reno (3-0) Preston Zimmerline (1.5-1) Blake Newby (.5-0) Dallas Jacobe (1.5-0) Payton Jacobe (3.5-2) Jedd Weinkoetz (.5-0)