"It was a cold and windy night on the turf of southern Guthrie County." So begins the seventh chapter in the saga of this fall's ACGC football team; a saga that continues to titilate the loyal followers of the Charger gridiron boys. Although this chapter was not as dramatic as some of the earlier ones, it treated Charger fans with a sixth win of the season and sets the stage for more drama in the final two chapters of the regular season. We will take a glimpse of what lies ahead in chapters eight and nine, but first a look at what transpired in chapter seven.
It was indeed a chilly night in Stuart last night and a 15-20 mph wind didn't add to anyone's comfort. As cool as the evening was, the ACGC offense was hot and fulfilled Charger fans' expectations. There was no doubt in anyone's mind who would be the victor in last night's Charger game at West Central Valley. The Wildcats are winless on the season and have not provided much competition for any of their opponents. Last night was no exception as ACGC raced to a 24-0 lead after the first quarter and didn't allow WCV to cross the midfield stripe until Charger reserves were playing in the third quarter.
Gavin Cornelison accounted for all of the Charger scoring in the opening quarter, as he scored on runs of 2, 4, and 5 yards and added two point conversions after each of the touchdowns. Cornelison's first score came at the end of a six play, sixty three yard drive to open the game. Colby Jacobe provided the longest run on the drive when he carried the pigskin 33 yards to the WCV 2 yard line to set up Cornelison's initial touchdown.
Following a three and out for the Wildcat offense, ACGC drove 56 yards in nine plays with four different Chargers carrying the ball. Cayden Jensen's thirteen yard scamper was the longest run on the drive and set up Conelison's four yard touchdown plunge. The two point conversion made the score 16-0.
After the Wildcats fumbled the ball away on the first play in its next possession, the Chargers marched thirty two yards for its next score. A fifteen yard penalty on the drive didn't stop the Chargers from scoring and Cornelison hit pay dirt from the five yard line with :40 remaining in the quarter.
The second stanza was more of the same with the Chargers adding three more scores and with the Wildcats unable to successfully move the ball. When ACGC held WCV on its own 35 yard line, the Chargers took just three plays to score with Cornelison again finding the end zone on a six yard run. After a PAT kick failed the score sat at 30-0.
When the Wildcats lost seven yards on its next possession to its own nine yard line, and were forced to punt, the Chargers drove 41 in three plays yards for another score. After Cornelison gained two yards and Jacobe ran for another twenty one, Bryce Littler's touchdown pass to Gunnar Larsen covered eighteen yards and increased the lead to 38-0 following Cornelison's two point conversion.
The Chargers' final score of the half came after another Wildcat three and out. ACGC moved the ball from its own 45 yard line with Cornelson carrying the ball five times for forty seven yards including a 1 yard run for the TD. After the PAT kick failed and WCV lost twelve yards on its next possession, ACGC took a 44-0 lead into halftime.
With Charger reserves playing virtually the entire second half, the Wildcats were better able to move the ball and scored its first points on a sixteen yard run at the 8:17 mark of the third quarter. ACGC responded with a forty yard drive that ended with an Wildcat pass interception to end the third quarter.
Both teams scored a touchdown in the final frame. The Charger reserves put together a nice seven play 54 yard drive to score with 6:09 left in the game to make it 50-7. Freshman Seth Reno carried the ball four times for twenty seven yards including a four yard touchdown run. The Wildcats scored with one second remaining in the game on a forty three yard run. With the PAT kick the game reached its final score of 50-14, and completed chapter seven of our story.
Considering that the Chargers will face solid opposition in its final two games, a "breather' came at a good time. Now, about chapters eight and nine. The scene for both will be the Charger home field. Next Friday ACGC will face Panorama which lost its first game of the season last night when it fell to second ranked Van Meter, 20-0. The ninth chapter will be on Friday, October 25 when Mount Ayr comes to town. The Raiders have also lost only once on the season, a 14-6 defeat at the hands of Panorama last week. Both games have major playoff implications. If the Chargers win both, they will be virtually assured of a playoff berth. One loss will create an iffy situation for the team, while two losses will most certainly eliminate the Chargers from any playoff possibility. (It all depends on the team's Rating Percentage Index (RPI)--more about that next week.) It appears that the team's fate lies in its own hands. Let's see how chapters eight and nine unfold. See you Friday! Go Chargers!
Score by quarter:
ACGC 24 20 0 6--50
WCV 0 0 7 7--14
Passing: Bryce Littler: 1 pass, 1 completion for 18 yards, one touchdown;
Seth Danker: (1-0-0)
Rushing: Griffen Ayers: 3 attempts, 28 yards, 0 touchdowns; Gavin Cornelison: (17-102-5);
Charlie Crawford: (5-24-0); Seth Danker: (3-28-0); Kolby Jacobe: (6-81-0); Cayden Jensen: (4-50-0); Bryce Littler: (7-56-0); Seth Reno: (6-39-1); Reid Rumelhart: (1-10-0)
Receiving: Gunnar Larsen: 1 reception for 19 yards, 1 touchdown
Tackles: Griffen Ayers: (0 solo, 1 assist); Gage Buttler: (3-2); Gavin Cornelison: (1-6); Charlie Crawford: (0-1); Seth Danker: (1-0); Dallas Jacobe: (0-1); Gunnar Larsen (0-3); Brock Littler: (1-0); Ben Marsh: (1-2); Lucas Marsh: (0-1); Dawson Muller: (0-1); Christian Nolte:
(2-0); Cole Plowman: (1-2); Seth Reno: (1-3); Reid Rumelhart: (1-0); Clayton Wardyn (1-1);
Nolan Wheatley; (0-4); Quynton Younker: (1-4); Peston Zimmerline: (0-2)
Fumble recoveries: Cole Plowman: 1 for 0 yards returned; Nolan Wheatley: (1-0); Quynton Younker (2-0)
PAT kicking: Mackenzie Rumelhart: 4 attempts with 0 made
Kickoffs: Charlie Crawford: 8 for 36.25 yard average
Kick Off Returns: Charlie Crawford: 1 for 19 yards; Gunnar Larsen: (1-15)
Punt Returns: Charlie Crawford: 2 for 8 yard average