The Campbellsville Eagles moved to .500 on the season with a solid defensive performance in triumphing 20-14 at Bethlehem on Friday night.
“They are a good football team,” Eagle coach Jason Chappell offered. “Our defense played hard, but there are still things we didn’t do right. However, we gave great effort and I’ll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day.”
After chewing up seven minutes of clock on the game’s opening drive, Bethlehem quarterback Clay Owens dove into the end zone from a yard out, and the homestanding Eagles took an early 8-0 lead as the conversion was successful.
The Eagles of Campbellsville wasted little time in answering as Bryton Taylor took a screen pass from CHS senior signalcaller Aaron Schwoebel 24 yards late in the quarter to get on the board. The conversion was successful, tying the score at 8-8.
Following a defensive stand, CHS took the lead. After making a 22-yard connection with Chris Smith, Schwoebel again found Taylor on a screen pass. Taylor would do the rest of the work, going 32 yards for the second CHS score. The conversion try failed, making the score 14-8.
Bethlehem left points on the board late in the half. Following a 46-yard kick-off return and a 20-yard gain on a fake punt, BHS’ Luke Wimpsett fumbled in the red zone. CHS’ Dennis Novak was there for the recovery, and Novak would later add an interception to his stat line.
BHS struck in the middle of the third quarter on an 11-yard QB draw by Owens.
The score remained tied at 14 until the middle of the fourth quarter. With 5:35 remaining in the game, Schwoebel hooked up with his favorite target yet again when Taylor ran a stop-and-go route, finding himself wide open down the sideline. A beautiful pass from Schwoebel put CHS on top to stay 20-14.
Although, BHS had a chance to tie late in the game, hopes died when Wimpsett dropped what would have been a 32-yard gain from Owens.