Chapel Hill hangs on to beat Northern Vance
An impressive win almost disappeared in 24-point 3:22 span to end the game, but Chapel Hill hung on to beat winless Northern Vance 28-24 in Big Eight 3-A Conference action at Culton-Peerman Stadium Friday night.
Pumped by a sizable homecoming crowd, Chapel Hill methodically pushed its lead to 28-0, scoring its final touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter.
But Northern Vance wouldn’t go away. The Vikings caught Chapel Hill napping on first down from the Tigers’ 43 with 3:22 left. Kyland Bullock took the ball on an option toss from quarterback Kris Haywood and found Micheal Spinner on a 43-yard scoring pass.
On the ensuing series, Chapel Hill punter Tim Schleich had issues handling a long snap and elected to run on fourth down. He lost two yards, giving the ball back to the Vikings on the Chapel Hill 33, and Devin Anderson took it in from the 1 with 1:29 left.
Northern Vance’s Connor McFalls then recovered an onside kick to set up a 28-yard scoring run with 52 seconds left.
A third straight 2-point conversion cut the lead to 28-24.
Another onside kick recovery, one that might have devastated the Tigers, wasn’t in the cards. Chapel Hill’s Jammond Obie grabbed the kick like his life depended on it and the Tigers knelt out the clock.
“That’s one of the poorest coaching jobs you’ll ever see,” Chapel Hill coach Issac Marsh said. “And I’m including myself. We just didn’t close the game out. Better coaching might have changed that.”
The win might prove costly for Chapel Hill. Starting running back Darius Allen (four carries, 34 yards) was hurt on the second play of the game, appearing to favor his left leg. He returned briefly, but was removed for good after that.
Backup back Lonnie Baldwin (six carries for 21 yards and a touchdown) went down later in the half with an ankle injury and never returned.
Third string back Jeremy Peck, who actually started the opener, came on briefly, gaining three yards on a single carry, but fumbled, and was quickly replaced by diminutive Ricki McDowell (10 for 17 yards) who gained 22 on one carry, two on a scoring run and had no other carries for positive yardage.
“Losing those guys (Allen and Baldwin) really hurt us,” Marsh said. “We’ll find out more about (their condition) later.”
Chapel Hill did have its moments. In fact it dominated the game for 44-plus minutes, offensively and defensively, despite turning the ball over on a pair of muffed punts.
Defensively, Connor Korfas had the game’s only interception and Emmett Thorpe and Brandon Nickerson each had a sack.
Offensively, quarterback Grant DeSelm threw scoring passes of 45 and 15 yards to Andrew Gillespie as the Tigers were building their lead.
NOTES — Chapel Hill basketball fans saw star senior forward Jamella Smith named homecoming queen at halftime.
CHAPEL HILL 28, N. VANCE 24
Northern Vance |0 |0 |0 |24 — 24
Chapel Hill |7 |14 |0 |7 —28
CH — Lonnie Baldwin 1 run (Connor Albrecht kick), 3:38
CH — Andrew Gillespie 45 pass from Grant DeSelm (Albrecht kick), 10:00
CH — Ricki McDowell 2 run (Albrecht kick), 0:25
CH — Gillespie 15 pass from DeSelm (Albrecht kick), 11:54
NV — Micheal Spinner 43 pass from Kyland Bullock (Anthony Davis pass from Kris Haywood), 3:22
NV — Devin Anderson 1 run (Haywood run), 1:29
NV — Tamaj Bullock 28 run (Haywood run), 0:54
RUSHING — N. Vance, Tamaj Bullock 23-76, Devin Anderson 11-37, Jonas Simmons 5-14, Kris Haywood 7-39, LaDarrius Hargrave 1-5. Chapel Hill, Darius Allen 4-34, Grant DeSelm 2-17, Lonnie Baldwin 6-21, Jeremy Peck 1-3, Ricki McDowell 10-17, Tim Schleich 1-(minus-2).
PASSING — N. Vance, Haywood 3-10-1 77, Kyland Bullock 1-1-0 43. Chapel Hill, Grant DeSelm 10-21-0 154, Jacob Guskiewicz 0-1-0.
RECEIVING — N. Vance, Micheal Spinner 2-77, Quavon Harris 1-10. Chapel Hill, Albert Nyamaro 1-20, Aaron Hirsch 3-47, Andrew Gillespie 3-74, Brandon Wendel 4-15, Ricki McDowell 1-(minus-5).
Records — Northern Vance 0-7, 0-3 Big Eight 3-A. Chapel Hill 3-4, 2-1 Big Eight.