Derrick Webb & Knute Bonner Staff Writers
Momentum is the key to the outcome of any football game.The Chillicothe Cavaliers learned this first hand, the hard way, on Friday night as they opened the season with a second consecutive loss. While nursing a seven point lead throughout the first half, the Cavaliers’ tides quickly turned with a turnover to start the second half.¬† That turnover was the first of many things that led to a downhill spiral within Chillicothe’s game plan. The first half went as planned for the Cavaliers as they drew first blood with senior quarterback Max Corcoran’s 88 yard scamper into the end zone.¬† In fact, the Cavaliers out gained Big Walnut’s offense by 121 total yards but it was those costly mistakes that decided the game.¬†
Starting with a converted fumble recovery to seven points on the board for Big Walnut, it ended with another single half breakdown for the Cavalier football program. The Cavaliers’ offense came to a standstill while gaining only 26 yards in the second half while Big Walnut flexed their muscles and racked up 205.The outcome? A closer than it looked 28-7 score with the Cavs on the losing end.
¬†¬†¬†¬†“We played a good second half last week and a good first half this week. If we can put the two together, we’re going to be alright,” said head football coach Ron Hinton.
¬†¬†¬†¬†Hinton was of course referring back to the 55-30 loss the Cavaliers suffered to the hands of Hamilton Township in week one.¬†¬†
In that game, Chillicothe went the exact opposite in scoring directions while being down 28-8 after the first half and then making it a game in the second half by scoring 22 points in the third quarter.
The Cavaliers will look to bounce back from a second straight loss and have another week of hard work and preparation to look forward to.
¬†¬†¬†¬†Walter Schausell led the defense with 8 tackles while Knute Bonner and Dylan Osborne combined for 16 tackles and 3 sacks between the two.
The Cavaliers (0-2) will be at home for the first time in 2010 this Friday when they face the Fighting Tigers of Ironton who are 2-0 and are coming off a 29-13 non-league win over Russell High School (Russell, KY).