Chapel Hill Secures “District of Doom” Playoff Spot with 51-19 Win vs. Gladewater
TYLER -- Another Chapel Hill football game, another big night for quarterback Andrew Black and receiver Gabriel Robinson.
The duo connected seven times, twice for touchdowns, as Chapel Hill secured a District 16-3A playoff berth with a 51-19 win against Gladewater at Bulldog Stadium.
Chapel Hill will be 16-3A's No. 2 seed in the Division I bracket, which means an all-but-official first-round matchup with Athens (9-0).
Black completed 18 of 28 passes for 266 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions, while rushing seven times for 79 yards and a touchdown. Black eclipsed the 2,000-yard passing mark with his performance and has now accounted for 34 total touchdowns (21 passing, 13 rushing).
Robinson caught seven of those completions for 149 yards and the aforementioned two touchdowns. He enters Chapel Hill's bye week with team-bests in receptions (42), receiving yards (883), and touchdown catches (11).
Senior two-way standout Wesley Thompson ran six times for 62 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 26 yards. Junior receiver Jeffery Minor snagged five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown, while senior Lex Heckel finished with three catches for 27 yards and a score.
Senior Malik Walker ran for 59 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Classmate Jesse Mumphrey added a touchdown run.
Junior James Reese led Gladewater (3-6, 1-4) with 108 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. He also caught a 58-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Nick Canaguier, who completed 5 of 10 passes for 108 yards, one score, and two interceptions. Sophomore Justice Centers gained 86 yards on 12 carries.
Reese's performance helped him eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season.
Gladewater junior defensive tackle standout Daylon Mack, who recently committed to Texas A&M, had seven tackles, three for loss, one sack, and two forced fumbles. Sophomore linebacker Austin Blanco had 15 tackles.
Gladewater still has a shot at the playoffs, but must beat Henderson at home.