Chapin season ends in heartbreak

Special to New Chapin News

The Chapin football team has experienced the full spectrum of the highs and lows of sports over the past two weeks.

A week ago, the Eagles pulled out a 41-38 victory over River Bluff in the regular-season finale. Chase Cline’s 49-yard field goal earned Chapin fourth place in Region 4-5A.

The pendulum dramatically switched a week later for the Eagles. This time, it was Chapin who watched in agony as Enzo Mori kicked a 44-yard field goal with two seconds left to lift the Knights to a 28-27 win.

Mori’s kick capped a furious comeback from 21-10 for Stratford in the fourth quarter. The final two minutes saw four lead changes.

The Knights took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Chapin responded with a 1-yard touchdown run by Anthony Turnbow following a turnover and a 35-yard touchdown pass by Brady Albro to Khalen Bostick to take a 14-7 lead.

It remained a seven-point game until Mori’s 25-yard field goal with 9:57 left. Albro then completed a 45-yard pass to Bostick on third down to set up a 14-yard touchdown reception by Jacob Nerone with 3:52 left.

A questionable reception on a long bomb thrown by Jachin Davis set up a 2-yard pass to Jacob Deacon and a 2-point conversion by Elijah Riley to make it 21-18 with 3:01 left.

As Chapin looked to run out the clock, Albro’s screen pass was intercepted by Riley who returned it 55 yards for a touchdown. The PAT made it 25-21 with 1:32 left.

Albro made amends by driving the Eagles 80 yards in 56 seconds. His 22-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Shepphard put Chapin back on top but the missed PAT kept the score 25-21 with 34 seconds left.

A few completions and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty set up Mori for the game-winning kick. Chapin finished the season at 6-5.

Photo by Charlie Bryant | The Gazette – Chapin and Stratford in the first round of the Class 5A Lower State playoffs

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