Owl Victory: Owls hold off Riverdale—rally for a 20-13 winSep 9th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Top Story
By: J. Bickford
After jumping out to a 14-0 first half lead behind two long touchdown runs of 55 and 30 yards, Chalmette held off a pressure-driven rally by Riverdale in the second half and then the Owls, who held a 14-13 lead, marched nearly 90 yards and scored the game’s final touchdown to seal a 20-13 victory in its own high school football jamboree last Friday at Bobby Nuss Stadium.
Chalmette’s first year starter at quarterback, senior Timmy Alphonso raced 55 yards with 13:33 to play in the first half and senior Maynor Ayala booted the extra point for a 7-0 lead to start the game.
About four minutes later, junior Connor Lambert who plays both running back and strong safety on defense raced and bowled his way for a 30-yard TD run for a 14-0 lead after Ayala’s PAT kick. Riverdale scored its first points when Donte Jackson took the ensuing kickoff and pranced 99 yards on the kickoff return to cut the score to 14-7 with Roberto Gutierrez’s extra point. Jackson seemed to place his back foot on the goal line or over the line, which in high school rules prevents a player from returning a kickoff. Officials didn’t stop the play and the Rebels of Jefferson Parish were getting ready for a rally.
Second Half In the second half, Riverdale put pressure on the Owl offense by placing its entire defense within a couple of yards of the line of scrimmage.
The Rebel plan worked and Gregory Jinks jarred the ball loose from Alphonso and then scored on the 44-yard fumble return. Michael Richardson blocked the extra point kick as Chalmette held a shaky 14-13 lead.
R i v e r d a l e continued to pressure the Owl offense as they lost yards on running plays and committed several penalties and were forced to punt. The Owl defense led by Walter Sterling with five tackles and three others with four tackles each – Jalin Scott, Connor Lambert and Erin Rodgriguez kept the Riverdale offense in check, forcing a punt.
Deep in its own territory, Chalmette marched the ball over 90 yards and scored with 70 seconds to play to seal the victory.
Kemori Junius led the Owls with 101 yards on 10 runs with 69 of the yards coming in the strong first half by CHS. Alphonso finished with 85 yards on the ground (81 came in a dominating first half when the Owl offense rushed for 197 yards of the final 247 ground yards gained). He completed two of three passes for 26 yards with a big completion of 26 yards to Michael Richardson on the Owl final drive to seal the win.
Chalmette finished with 273 total offensive yards as Lambert gained 47 of his 61 yards in the first half on a mere five runs. They recorded 14 first downs.
Defensively, Chalmette controlled the Rebel offense as they gave up 125 of 157 total yards on five strong plays by Riverdale. The Owl run defense was strong giving up a mere 37 yards on 16 runs and four fumbles with the Owls claiming three of them. Scott recovered two fumbles while Mason Mitchell recorded a sack and made three stops as did Richardson and David Richard who had a tackle for loss yards as well.