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Campbellsville High School assured themselves of a first-round home play-off game and probably the top seed in the district with a mud-filled 14-12 victory over Williamsburg at Dave Fryrear Field on Friday.
“These guys are making an old man out of me,” Eagles’ head coach Jason Chappell remarked after CHS’ second nail-biter in the last three weeks.
“But, the mark of a good football team is when big-time players make big-time plays.
“Our offensive line did a great job and just like Lynn Camp it was just a guts game.”
Campbellsville (5-3 overall and 3-0 in the district race) took a 6-0 lead in the second quarter when Thomas Downs used a Bryton Taylor block to go 31 yards around left end.
However, Williamsburg (3-5, 2-1) tallied two TDs in the last four minutes of the half to lead 12-6 at intermission. Seniors Ryan Moses and Dusty Brown hooked up on 24- and 38-yard pass plays.
After a scoreless third quarter, Taylor’s sack on fourth down started a 76-yard CHS march with Aaron Schwoebel hitting Taylor on a 61-yard hook-up and a face-mask penalty.
Thomas Downs went the final eight yards on two carries to tie the game at 12-12 with 8:59 remaining.
According to Chappell, Schwoebel called the two-point conversion (‘“he said coach this will be open”), a pass to Thomas Downs, to put the Eagles on top 14-12.
However, Campbellsville still had to stop the Moses to Brown offense to secure the win. Joe McKenzie intercepted a pass in the end zone with 6:11 remaining, Jamarcus VanCleave recovered a fumble on the Eagles’ 6-yard line at 3:22 and Jaqil Taylor intercepted a pass at 1:23 which enabled CHS to run out the clock. Dennis Novak had a touchdown-saving tackle after a Moses to Brown connection of 34 yards just before McKenzie’s pick.
“Williamsburg’s a good football team and they’ve been getting healthier the last couple of weeks,” Chappell said. “I’m really proud of the kids and our whole coaching staff.
“The next two weeks we’ve got to continue to get better and improve on our mistakes.”
After an off week this week, the Eagles host Clinton County on Oct. 23 before visiting Washington County in the regular-season finale on Oct. 30.