Andrew Black + Reginald King Carry Chapel Hill Past Gladewater, 17-6
[By Colby Fleet, Special to ETSN.fm]
GLADEWATER -- Chapel Hill quarterback Andrew Black and receiver Reginald King teamed to give the Bulldogs a 17-6 win over Gladewater on Friday night at Jack V. Murphy Bear Stadium.
Gladewater (3-6, 0-5 in District 16-3A) visited the red zone four times in the first half against Chapel Hill (3-7, 2-4), but was unable to reach the end zone.
Black completed 10 of 16 attempts for 207 yards and two touchdowns with one interception, and King hauled in six catches for a 123 yards and one score. Jamarcus McCowin was also a threat in the game, rushing for 109 yards on 19 attempts. He also caught one pass for a 46-yard touchdown in the victory.
On the first possession of the game, Black fumbled and sophomore defensive lineman Daylon Mack pounced on the ball at the Bulldogs’ 41-yard lin.
But with 7:06 left in the first quarter, Gladewater’s Tyler Price found a crease in the Bulldogs’ defense for what appeared to be a 19-yard touchdown run. However, it was negated by a holding call that killed the potential first score of the game.
The Chapel Hill defense held, and Black then directed an eight-play drive, connecting on four passes. He found a wide open King down the seam for a 22-yard score and a 7-0 lead.
Gladewater squandered away two opportunities on its next two possessions. Thirteen plays in to the second quarter, McKenzie Stephens fumbled the ball at the Bulldogs’ 2-yard line and Ledarrian Christain recovered to crush Gladewater’s drive.
Gladewater got the ball after a Chapel Hill punt with 4:48 remaining in the half, but witnessed the same result. It took 10 plays for quarterback Derrick Daniels to lead the Bears down to the Bulldogs’ 12-yard line, but Sammy Guzman stepped in front of a Daniels throw at the 2-yard line and returned the interception 47 yards to his own 49-yard line.
Chapel Hill caught a break on the final play of the half. What would have been a 20-yard loss from the Bears’ 5-yard line turned into an untimed down ending in Jesus Lopez's 20-yard field goal and a 10-0 halftime lead.
With 3:56 left in the fourth quarter Gladewater used a special teams touchdown to get on the scoreboard. Daedrian Gordan caught a Chapel Hill punt at his own 25-yard line and outran the Bulldog defenders to the end zone for an electrifying 75-yard punt return to decrease the lead, 10-6.
After Gladewater failed to recover an onside kick, Black connected with McCowin on a swing pass out to the left, and he would do the rest en route to a 46-yard trip to paydirt for the game’s final score of the night.
Daniels completed 4 of 11 passes for 45 yards and two interceptions and rushed for 38 yards on 15 attempts, while Price was the Bears’ lone standout with 104 yards on 17 touches. Defensively, Nick Johnson added an interception that he returned for 35 yards.
Christain recovered a fumble and caught two passes for 38 yards for the Bulldogs, while Guzman and Blake Mayfield added interceptions tallying 67 return yards in the Bulldogs’ victory.