Posted on Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 5:37 pm.
By Justin Cannon, Chapin news Sports Editor
The Chapin Eagles defeated the Mid Carolina Rebels handily in front of a capacity crowd at Cecil Woolbright Field on Friday night. Dual threat
quarterback Logan Bailey led the way for the Eagles with 307 yards of total offense (217 passing, 90 rushing) and four touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 passing). The Rebels, sporting new look Alabama style helmets and grey pants, were in the game early but faded as the night progressed. The game was played with a lot of intensity, as indicated by the number of penalties (27) and penalty yards (260) With the win, Chapin retains possession of the Railroad Bell Rivalry Trophy.
The Eagle receiving corps of Evan Estridge, Will “Cash” Register, Kale Rhame, and Joe Flowers also had an outstanding evening. Estridge came up with two big time touchdown receptions: one from Bailey in which Evan reached behind the helmet of a Rebel defender, and another from reserve quarterback Trad Beatty that resulted in Estridge wresting the ball from a Mid Carolina safety in the end zone as he tallied 77 receiving yards. Register, a University of South Carolina commit, was as good as advertised. Making clutch plays look easy, “Cash” provided a big target for Bailey and proved hard for the Rebels to bring down. The unsung hero of the Eagle offensive effort was running back Ben Fischer, who was able to grind out yards between the tackles but was Superman-esque in pass protection. Fischer’s ability to pick up blitzes and both backside and play-side pressure from Mid Carolina’s defensive ends.
Defensively, Chapin was led by Corey Bianco, Garrett Reinhart, Khari Suber, and Caleb White. Suber had 4 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. Caleb White added 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 3 pass breakups. Chandler Johnson contributed with an interception, his second of the year. Rebel quarterback Trey Stone was largely held in che
ck; other than a few “Hail Mary” type passes, Mid Carolina could gain little momentum offensively. The death knell came when Stone was nearly buried in his own end zone. His desperation pass was completed to an ineligible receiver, and the end result was a safety.
With the win, the Eagles improve to 2-0, and host the Swansea Tigers next Friday night at 7:30 pm. Mid Carolina, 0-1, will host the Saluda Tigers next Friday at 7:30 pm at Lon Armstrong Field in Prosperity.
The win was Coach Justin Gentry’s 30th at Chapin, placing him at 3rd most coaching wins, behind Hall of Famers Eddie Muldrow and Cecil Woolbright
The Eagles’ 44 points is the most scored against Mid Carolina in school history
The win was the ninth consecutive home win for the Eagles, the most in series history
The 93 points through 2 games are the most in school history