EL PASO, Texas – In a close defensive minded game, a key turnover deep in their own territory cost Chapin a shot at major improvement and a win against their rival Andress Thursday night at Austin’s R.E. McKee Stadium.
While Chapin did show some overall major improvement and went toe-to-toe with the Eagles, their offense was held out of the endzone for the second straight week as they fell to Andress 15-0.
Chapin put up just 172 yards of offense (unofficially), but after their defense made a huge late third quarter stop, a fumble from inside their own ten-yard line proved costly on the scoreboard.
Andress running back Travon Ware ran for 92 yards leading the Eagles. 78 of those yards came on a long and physical touchdown run which gave Andress a 7-0 lead with 3:27 left in the first quarter.
The score would remain 7-0 Eagles late into the third quarter when Andress would pin Chapin inside their five-yard line after a deep punt following a three-and-out from the Chapin defense.
On the very next play, the Huskies came out in an I-formation from the six-yard line and the fumbled exchanged would be recovered by Andress’ Dominic Hernandez at Chapin’s own four-yard line.
Andress pushed themselves back to their own 13-yard line with some pre-snap penalties, but on third and goal play, Jeremiah Tosky rolled to his left and wideout found Camryn Rice for a 13-yard score to the left corner of the end zone. The extra point turned into a fire drill as Jeremiah Cooper scrambled to his left and hit a streaking Travell Ware after a botched kick to make it 15-0 Andress heading into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles ran for 234 yards and played keep away in the fourth quarter. Chapin would have a long fourth quarter drive to try to cut into the lead but turned it over on downs deep in the red zone.
Ware is our Speaking Rock Player of the game for his 92-yard effort on the ground. Hats off to the Andress defense who just as deserving as a unit. They allowed just 51 yards rushing led by linebackers Kiante Liggins and Jesse Cepeda who had strong efforts.
Andress moves to 2-0 on the season and will play El Dorado next week. Chapin will play at Pebble Hills next week.