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Washington edges CHS 21-20 in regular wrap-up

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Eagles host Nicholas County on Friday (7:00) in play-offs.

By Bobby Brockman

Campbellsville failed in its attempt to end the regular season with five straight wins as the Eagles were edged 21-20 at Washington County on Friday night.

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The two items that had haunted the CHS (6-4) all season came back to life on this Halloween eve as the Eagles failed to sustain a solid running attack and the lack of a kicking game.

Other than Donovan Pittman's 74-yard touchdown run, Campbellsville gained only 65 yards on its other 29 running plays.

And while each team scored three touchdowns, Washington County converted on its three extra-point kicks and the Eagles were 1-3 on two-point tries.

Washington County struck first on Quan Turner's 31-yard scamper eight plays into the contest in Springfield.

After Aaron Schwoebel completed five passes on Campbellsville's first drive, the Eagles lost a fumble on the Washington County 14.

However, CHS held and Schwoebel connected with Chris "Pee Wee" Smith and Bryton Taylor before Thomas Downs ran 2 yards to set up a Schwoebel to Taylor 20-yard score.

Trailing 7-6, the Eagles held the Commanders again before Pittman's long run at 9:46 of the second quarter, which gave Campbellsville its first lead at 12-7.

Turner replied 1:30 later with a 42-yard score and Washington County went back in front 14-12.

Schwoebel completed five passes and then called his own number from a yard out and then connected with Taylor on the conversion and CHS led 20-14 with five minutes left before intermission.

The Commanders (3-7) responded again with Turner setting the stage for a one-yard plunge at 2:34 to put Washington County back in front to stay at 21-20.

Neither team scored in the second half as the rain persisted. However, the Eagles had numerous scoring opportunities but failed to cross the goal line for the potential game-winning tally.

The Eagles moved to the Commander 6-yard line on their first drive of the third quarter were on the WCHS 11 early in the final frame.

Turner surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for Washington County with 159 yards on 22 carries.

The Commanders had 313 of their 332 yards in the first half while the Eagles had 286 of their 389 in the first two periods.

Schwoebel passed the 2,000-yard barrier with 250 yards on 20-37 passing.

Taylor caught 11 passes, further putting him in the record book as the top receiver in catches in yards in CHS gridiron history. His touchdown catch tied him with Sham Gabehart for the most TD receptions (nine).

Despite the disappointing loss in the regular-season finale, Campbellsville enters the play-off scene as the district's No. 1 seed and will host Nicholas County (4-6) on Friday night at 7:00.