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It was an epic Battlefield District varsity football game that will be remembered for years to come. After a dominating first half by Chancellor, the Foxes rallied back to come within two points of winning their homecoming football game. With 5.4 seconds left on the clock, Chancellor’s interior line rose to the occasion and blocked a field goal attempt by King George kicker Steven Cocke.
With 23-7 lead going into the third quarter, it appeared that the Chargers were in control; however, the Foxes defense shut down Charger scoring for the remainder of the game. The Foxes offense seized each and every scoring opportunity to cut the Charger lead to 23-22, but as fate would have it, the Charger defense stood their ground when it counted the most.
Clad in royal blue and gold, waving banners, blowing horns and screaming every time the Foxes touched the ball, the infamous 12th man (the Fox faithful) was in full force. More than 1,300 fans attended the game. A tribute to Anthony Feather who tragically died in an auto accident while driving to an after prom party took place prior to the game. Feather’s family and friends honored the former Fox standout by retiring his number (#36).
In the first quarter, the Chargers capitalized on a Fox short punt, which led to solid field position on the Foxes 30-yard line. After a 19-yard run by Jeff Sawyer to the 19-yard line, Micah Cunningham connected with Dominic Kaopua for a 19-yard touchdown.
A little over minute later, after recovering a Fox fumble, Alexander Jackson scored from 5 yards out.
Although the Foxes committed another fumble that led to a safety, they never lost their poise. With 5:41 left in the first quarter, defensive lineman Joshua Endicott intercepted a Charger screen pass for a 33-yard touchdown.
In the second quarter, the Chargers scored their final touchdown of the game with a 12-yard touchdown to Alexander Jackson. The Chargers led at haft-time, 23-7.
In the third quarter, the Foxes recovered a Charger fumble, which led to 45-yard scoring drive, courtesy of a Tevin Jones 25-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Joines.
With 7:52 left in the game, full back DJ Lewis bolted through the Charger defense for a 13-yard gain, down to the Charger 4-yard line. Moments later, Delonte Chisley scored from 4 yards out, to cut the Charger lead down to 1 point (23-22).
After the Foxes stopped a fake Charger punt attempt, they used the clock to their advantage by attempting a 35-yard field goal. As fate would have, with just 5.4 seconds left in the game, the Chargers managed to block the field goal.
On Friday, the Foxes travel to Spotsylvania, while Chancellor will have their hands full with James Monroe. James Monroe is currently first in the Battlefield District with a record of 4-0, 6-1. With the win over the Foxes, Chancellor (3-1, 5-2) has moved into second place. After losing their third game in a row, the Foxes occupy fifth place. Spotsylvania and Caroline both have win less records.
With playoff possibilities quickly becoming a distant memory, the Foxes hope to finish the rest of the regular season on positive note, as they are scheduled to play James Monroe (Nov. 5, away), and Caroline (Nov. 12, home, senior night).
Leonard M. Banks