Trojans outlast Newton Conover in shootout

Aug. 25, 2013 @ 04:06 AM

The Chase Trojans started the 2013 season with a dramatic win on the road as they scored the final 18 points of the game in a 38-34 win against the Newton Conover Red Devils Friday night.

The Red Devils broke a 20-all halftime tie with a 41-yard TD run by Nick Baker (11 carries for 130 yards), and they pushed their lead to 34-20 with 38.6 seconds left in the third quarter on a 14­yard TD run by Blake Roberts (nine carries for 57 yards) and a two-point conversion run by Tyrell Fleming.

Chase then drove 66 yards on nine plays to get an 8-yard scor­ing run by Josh Wright, closing the gap to eight points.

The Trojans forced a Newton-Conover punt next, with Jordan O’Rourke taking it 77 yards for a TD with 5:09 to play. Chase tried a conversion pass, hoping to tie, but it failed.

The game then made a dra­matic turn when Red Devils quarterback Thomas Corpening, who had 50 of Newton-Conover’s 325 rushing yards, fumbled at the Red Devils 3 after a hit by Chase’s Chandler Casner.

With a first-and-goal, Chase scored the go-ahead TD with 2:58 left when D’Andre Kelly went 4 yards with a pitch left. A conver­sion run failed, but the Trojans, with two scores in less than two minutes, went up 38-34.

On the next possession, Cor­pening fumbled again – at the Red Devils’ 44 – and Chase’s Darius Dowden recovered. That allowed the Trojans to then eat about 95 seconds off the clock before punting.

The Red Devils’ Gabe Davis partially blocked the punt, which ended up going for minus-4 yards, and Newton-Conover had the ball with 50.9 seconds to play.

Four plays later, after backup quarterback Cameron Stanley missed on a crossing pattern, Chase had the ball on downs and then ate up the final seconds.

Wright led the Trojans with 92 rushing yards and two touchdowns while Kelly ran for 69 yards and two scores.

Chase returns to action Sept. 6 when they welcome Bandys to Rutherford County.

*Story contributed by Chris Hobbs/Hickory Daily Record

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Box score

CHASE 38, NEWTON-CONOVER 34

Chase^7^13^0^18 — 38

N-C^6^14^14^0 — 34

C^^N-C

Scoring summary

C—D’Andre Kelly 59 run (Omar Jimeniz kick)

N-C—Anthony Clontz 24 pass from Thomas Corpening (kick blocked)

N-C—Corpening 4 run (pass failed)

C—Josh Wright 36 run (Jimenez kick)

N-C—Tyrell Fleming 10 pass from Corpening (Blake Roberts run)

C—Jordan O’Roarke 59 run (pass failed)

N-C—Nick Baker 41 run (kick failed)

N-C—Roberts 14 run (Fleming run)

C—Wright 8 run (kick failed)

C—O’Rourke 77 punt return (pass failed)

C—Kelly 4 run (run failed)

Team statistics

11^First Downs^16

39-266^Rushes-yards^48-325

0^Passing yards^43

1-4-2^Passes^3-12-0

3-1^Fumbles-Lost^2-2

8-50^Penalties-yards^9-65

Individual statistics

Rushing

C: Wright 22-92, Tyrell Boykins 7-29, Kelly 5-69, O’Roarke 4-77, Team 1-minus 1. N-C: Corpening 14-50, Baker 11-130, Fleming 11-83, Roberts 9-57, Tyler McCombs 1-4, Tre’ Clark 1-0, Alex Johnson 1-1.

Passing

C: Boykins 1-4-2 0. N-C: Corpening 2-8-0 34, Cameron Stanley 1-4-0 9.

Receiving

C: Kelly 1-0. N-C: Josh Ramseur 1-9, Clontz 1-24, Fleming 1-10.