Chargers Overcome Slow Start; Win Over I-35 by 35-7
ACGC's 35-7 win over Interstate 35 wasn't the one sided affair that it appears to be. It took a while for the Chargers to put enough points on the board for the Charger faithful to breath a little easier.
Despite out gaining the Roadrunners in total yards by a three to one margin in the first half, the Chargers led by just a single score at 7-0 at the halftime break. Unofficially the Chargers gained 195 first half yards while the visitors from Truro totaled just 65 yards. It was the first time since the overtime win over Greene County in the season opener that the Chargers were seriously challenged.
ACGC's first score came after forcing the Roadrunners to punt on their initial possession. The Chargers drove from their own 33 yard line to the visitors 21 yard line before the drive stalled and they had to give the ball up on downs.
The Chargers' second possession was more fruitful when they drove 62 yards in seven plays with quarterback Brock Littler scoring on a 13 yard run with 2:01 remaining in the initial quarter. Charlie Crawford's successful PAT increased the lead to 7-0 which is how the quarter AND the first half ended.
The third quarter was more fruitful for the home team, as the Chargers scored on both of their possessions in the quarter. After I-35 attempted an unsuccessful on side kickoff, ACGC needed just six plays to drive 52 yards and hit pay dirt. With Gavin Cornelison gaining thirty yards on the drive and Cayden Jensen adding twenty two including an eight yard scamper to the end zone with 9:32 showing on the clock, the Charger lead went to 14-0 after the PAT.
When I35 was forced to give up the ball on downs at the ACGC 36 yard line, Littler engineered a 64 yard drive to the Roadrunner end zone. With Littler, Jensen, and Cornelison each picking up yards, Cornelison scored on a sixteen yard run with 1:14 left in the quarter to increase the Charger lead to 21-0.
The Charger defense once again forced the Roadrunners to punt the ball away early in the fourth quarter. ACGC then drove the ball 58 yards in just five plays to pay dirt, with a 35 yard pass from Littler to Crawford the big gainer on the drive. Crawford scored on a three yard run with 8:17 on the clock and added the PAT to increase the Charger lead to 28-0.
The visitors got on the board on the ensuing kickoff when Evan Williams returned the kickoff 85 yards for a TD, and the PAT was added to make the score 28-7.
The final scoring of the game came on the next Charger possession which was a 7 play, 56 yard drive that ended with a Cornelison 41 yard TD run with just over four minutes to go in the game. Crawford completed a perfect PAT day to make the final score 35-6.
The Charger offense gained nearly 500 yards, with 451 coming on the ground and 37 through the air. Cornelison again led the rushing stats with 240 yards on 24 carries, while Jensen totaled 98 yards.
Defensively, Cornelison game up with the most tackles--9.5 that included four solos. Griffin Ayaers was next with 5.5 tackles, three of which were solos.
"Six and oh. Pretty special thing we have going here," Charger mentor Cody Matthewson commented on Saturday after the game. "We need to continue to build on it because the road doesn't get any easier.
"We took care of business on Friday and I think everyone within thirty miles knows what week seven brings into Charger Stadium. That's all that needs to be said. See everyone on Friday."
The reference to "week seven" refers to the fact that arch rival Panorama is the next game on the Charger schedule. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM.
Score by quarter:
I-35 0 0 0 7--7
ACGC 7 0 14 14--35
Charger statistics: Passing: Brock Littler (3 passes, 1 completion for 37 yards and touchdowns)
Rushing: Charlie Crawford (5 carries for 45 yards and 1 touchdown) Cayden Jensen (7 carries for 98 yards and 1 touchdown) Gavin Cornelison (24 carries for 240 yards and 2 touchdowns)
Receiving: Charlie Crawford (1 reception for 37 yards and no touchdowns)
Kick returns: Cayden Jensen (1 return for 40 yards)
Punts: Cayden Jensen (1 for 41 yards)
Kickoffs: Charlie Crawford (6 for average of 46 yards)
PAT's: Charlie Crawford (5 for 5)
Tackles: Ben Marsh (4.5 total-2 solo-0 sacks) Charlie Crawford (.5-0-0) Reid Rumelhart (3.5-3-0)
Austin Kunkle (2.5-1-0) Anthonny Solorzano (1-1-0) Cayden Jensen (5-3-0) Brock Littler (1-1-0) Dawson Muller (1-0-0) Griffin Ayers (5.5-3-0) Gavin Cornelison (9.5-4-0) Seth Reno (.5-0-0) Preston Zimmerline (.5-0-0) Dallas Jacobe (1.0-0-0) Hayden Tunick (1.0-1-0) Payton Jacobe (1.0-0-0) Mike Fuller (2.0-2-0) Jedd Weinkoetz (2.5-2-0)