Chapin overcomes slow start to win third straight game
Posted on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at 7:38 am.

By Jeffrey Griffin, Chapin Media Group Sports

CHAPIN, S.C.— Chapin needed a quarter to get into a groove, but the Eagles were able to cruise to a 44-24 victory over Lower Richland at Cecil Woolbright Stadium Friday. Senior Cooper Bemis and junior Trad Beatty shared quarterback duties for the EaglIMG_2882es, and both proved to be effective.

Similar to last week’s win against Dreher, Chapin fell into an early deficit after Lower Richland junior Deonte Jacobs scored on a 3-yard touchdown run. That’s when Chapin head coach Justin Gentry turned to the junior Beatty, who took the Eagles down the field on a 12-play drive that resulted in a Scott Samson 30-yard field goal.

On the Eagles next possession, Beatty led the Chapin offense down the field before Case Barber took control of the offense and scored on a 9-yard run out of Chapin’s “hammer formation.”

After Barber’s touchdown, the Eagles led the rest of the way.

Bemis added a touchdown run of his own from 14-yards out to put the Eagles up 17-6 heading into halftime. He finished with 2 rushing touchdowns in the win.

Lower Richland struck first in the second half when quarterback Tevaughn Higgins found freshman wide receiver Xavier Hopkins on a 12-yard touchdown strike.

That’s when the Eagles were able to add some distance.

Trad Beatty scored on a 41-yard run after keeping the ball on a zone read play. The Eagles defense recovered a fumble lost by Higgins at the end of a long run deep in Chapin territory. Beatty found junior Xzavion Gordon over the middle, and Gordon outran the Diamond Hornets defense for an 81-yard touchdown. Gordon finished with over 100 yards receiving.

Following Gordon’s touchdown, the Eagles added two more touchdown runs from Bemis and Barber. Lower Richland scored two more touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit. With the win, Chapin improves to 5-2 on the season and 2-0 in the region. The Eagles also secured a spot in the AAAA playoffs. The loss drops Lower Richland to 0-7 on the season and 0-1 in region play.