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At 4-0, How Good Is Chapin?

Posted on Sunday, September 13th, 2015 at 10:56 pm. Posted to Sports.

By Justin Cannon, Chapin News Sports Editor

How good is this Chapin team? Are they ready to take their place among the great mid-70’s teams? Good enough to stand alongside 1987 and 1992? As good as the 1985 and 1995 teams that were the last teams to win multiple playoff games?

It’s really too early to make that judgement, but after winning their first four games, including a shootout with Swansea and a dominating 35-13 win on the road against Newberry, the sky seems to be the limit.

Offensively, the Eagles have so many weapons that it’s nearly impossible for opposing defensive coordinators to scheme against. What most coaches do is find the thing that an opposing offense does the best and endeavor to take it away. Or force a team to become one dimensional by taking away either the run or the pass.

Such methods cannot be employed against the Eagles this year. Quarterback Logan Bailey spreads the ball around his outstanding corps of receivers: Kale Rhame, Joseph Flowers, Evan Estridge, and USC commit Will “Cash” Register.

Each of these are legitimate deep threats as well as excellent route runners and outstanding blockers. Is there a way to cover all of them? Not hardly. Even if a team had the talent and the scheme to reduce the success of the passing game, they would not be able to spare a defender to “spy” Bailey. In that situation, the athletic quarterback would surely make the defense pay by gashing them on the ground.


Eagles outduel Swansea in a wild one at Cecil Woolbright Field

Posted on Monday, September 7th, 2015 at 12:26 am. Posted to Sports.

By Justin Cannon, Chapin News Sports Editor


The most famous gunfight in American history took place in Tombstone, Arizona between the Earps and the Clantons. Another epic shootout took place in Chapin between the Eagles and the Swansea Tigers. While the gunfight at the OK Corral only took a few minutes, the struggle in Chapin took nearly 20 hours to complete. Inclement weather forced a suspension of the game until Saturday afternoon, and even then it took an overtime period to settle the issue. Chapin won 63-60 in the highest scoring game in school history. DSC02848

Quarterback Logan Bailey would account for 8 touchdowns (4 rushing, 4 passing) while racking up 492 yards of total offense (143 rushing, 349 passing). Swansea quarterback Chance Walker was equally amazing, amassing 480 total yards (360 rushing, 120 passing). In what was a seesaw battle, Chapin seemed to have the upper hand heading into the locker room at halftime. The Eagles had a 29-15 lead and were to receive the opening kick of the second half. The Tigers would take advantage of two turnovers as well as a defensive stop to take a 36-29 lead with 11:54 remaining in the game. The Eagles would respond with an 18 yard run by Bailey to tie the score. Chance Walker would give Swansea the lead again via a 62 yard run to the end zone.

Eagle wideout Joe Flowers would score his second receiving touchdown of the night to knot the score again at 43. The Eagles would force a punt, and Ben Fischer would give the Eagles the lead with a 19 yard rushing touchdown. The Eagles attempt at a 2 point conversion was unsuccessful, and the score was now 49-43. Chance Walker would use a 76 yard run to tie the game yet again; the extra point gave the Tigers a 50-49 advantage. Bailey would find the end zone again from 23 yards out and the successful 2 point conversion would give the Eagles a 57-50 lead. Prior to the ensuing kickoff, lightening would flash in the sky and cause a stoppage of play with 2:38 left in the game and 10:15 pm EST. An hour later, the lights in the stadium would go out for a brief period. Finally, at 1:00 am, it was announced that the game would resume on Saturday afternoon.

When the game continued, the Tigers would move methodically down the field and tie the game once again with just 22 seconds remaining. The game that had begun at 7:30 on Friday night was now headed to Overtime at 5 minutes past 1 o’clock on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles would have the advantage of being on defense first. After 3 unsuccessful attempts to reach the goal line, Swansea would settle for a field goal and a 60-57 lead. The Eagles would prevail when Bailey again found the end zone on 2 yard run and a 63-60 final score.

Chapin (4-0) will travel to Newberry next Friday night to take on the Bulldogs. Swansea falls to 0-2 and will host Ninety Six next week.


The Eagles were without defensive lineman Khari Suber. USC commit Will Register only saw limited action. Defensive standout Garrett Reinhart left the game with an ankle injury.

The game was the first time in school history that the Eagles have given up over 50 points and still won the game.

The combined 123 total points was the most in school history.

Eagles whip Mid Carolina 44-7; retain Railroad Bell Trophy

Posted on Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 5:37 pm. Posted to Community, Sports.

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

Touchdown Eagles

Touchdown Eagles

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

The Bell Stays In Chapin

The Bell Stays In Chapin

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

Proposed Classifications For High School Sports

Posted on Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at 3:13 pm. Posted to Education, Sports.

At its executive meeting today, the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) unveiled for the first time the proposed region realignment and expansion to five classifications for high school sports beginning in 2016-17.

The expansion to five classifications is a first for high school sports in South Carolina, though the realignment process takes place regularly every two years based on new schools and enrollment numbers, among other factors.

The list is preliminary; schools may now appeal if they choose. A final version will be voted on by the SCHSL on Sept. 17.

Under the proposed alignment, Mid-Carolina would be in Region 3-3A, along with Broome, Chapman, Clinton, Newberry and Woodruff.

Chapin would be in Region 5-4A along with A.C. Flora, Dreher, Lower Richland and Orangeburg-Wilkinson.

Irmo and Dutch Fork would bin Region 5-5A along with Blythewood, Lexington, River Bluff, Spring Valley and White Knoll.

Jack Enright Graduates From Shepherd Center

Posted on Friday, July 31st, 2015 at 12:51 pm. Posted to Community, Sports.

Jack Enright just officially graduated from the Shephejackgradrd Center Day Program and he has worked so hard all summer!

His mother, Ann Enright, writes; “Thank you to all the wonderful OTs, OTs, Case Mgrs entire medical care team and many friends and families in Atlanta who have been part of this journey away from home, since early March!

Stay tuned for the updates as Jack begins the next journey to walk again in the upcoming months!

Thank you ALL for your support and love our way through this.

Jack Enright suffered a broken neck during a lacrosse game at Chapin High School, and is making a remarkable recovery.

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