Chapel Hill powers past Bears, clinches playoff spot

Chapel Hill fullback Lex Heckel leads quarterback Andrew Black through a crowd of Gladwater defenders. (Victor Texcucano | Tyler Morning Telegraph)

NEW CHAPEL HILL — This game may have meant nothing in the standings or playoff matchups for Chapel Hill, but that did not stop the Bulldogs from imposing their will on District 16-3A opponent Gladewater in the form of a 51-19 thrashing Friday night.

Chapel Hill 6-4 (4-2) finished its regular season with this win and will have a bye week before facing District 15-3A foe Athens at 7:30 Friday Nov. 15 at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

Chapel Hill head coach Thomas Sitton tried to stress to his team the importance of using the bye week correctly, “it’ll be a good way for us to recover, we’ve had a tough 10-game stretch.

“It’s an open week, but it’s not an off week,” Sitton continued, “we’ve got to prepare ourselves to get better and better every day; and hopefully come into the playoffs with some momentum.”

Momentum was not a problem Friday as Chapel Hill quarterback Andrew Black led the offense in every way imaginable, starting with the first score, an 8-yard rushing TD.

Gladewater 3-6 (1-4) answered back with top recruit Daylon Mack pushing his way into the end zone from four yards out on the ensuing possession.

Wesley Thompson added a 59-yard run for Chapel Hill on its next possession and what looked to be a shootout had broken out.

Unfortunately for the Bears, they had a hard time keeping up.

Gladewater added a James Reese 7-yard TD with 7:56 remaining in the second quarter, but that capped the Bears scoring for the half.

Chapel Hill on the other hand, tacked on two more, a Jesse Mumphrey one-yard plunge and a Jeffery Minor 27-yard TD reception from Black.

Chapel Hill held a 28-13 lead at halftime.

In the second half, more Black and more Bulldog than the Bears could handle.

Black connected on three additional TD passes in the second half; 16 yards to Lex Heckel, 21 and 44 yards to Gabriel Robinson to secure the win.

Chapel Hill will likely look at the first few rounds of the playoffs as a break compared to its pre-district and district schedule. Facing ranked teams like Carthage, Whitehouse, Gilmer and Kilgore takes its toll on any team.

“Our schedule is one of the toughest in 3A,” said Sitton, “we feel like it helps prepare us for this next season that we’re gonna go through and hopefully we can play some great football and get better and better every week.”

Gladewater still has an outside chance at claiming the final playoff spot, but will have to defeat Henderson next week to force a tie. That game is at Gladewater’s Jack V. Murphy stadium next Friday at 7:30.

Gladewater 6 7 6 0— 19

Chapel Hill14 14 16 7— 51

First Quarter

CHHS—Andrew Black 8 run (Johnny Bonilla kick); 5:44.

GWHS—Daylon Mack 4 run (kick failed); 4:31.

CHHS—Wesley Thompson 59 run (Bonilla kick); 4:09.

Second Quarter

GWHS—James Reese 7 run (Marcello Jackson kick); 7:56.

CHHS—Jesse Mumphrey 1 run (Bonilla kick); 6:56.

CHHS—Jeffery Minor 27 pass from Black (Bonilla kick); :35.

Third Quarter

GWHS—Reese 58 pass from Nick Canaguier (Kick blocked); 6:45.

CHHS—Kenyotta Henderson 106 PAT return; 6:45.

CHHS—Lex Heckel 16 pass from Black (Bonilla kick); 2:42.

CHHS—Gabriel Robinson 21 pass from Black (Bonilla kick); :48.

Fourth Quarter

CHHS—Robinson 44 pass from Black (Bonilla kick); 11:12.

GWCH

First Downs1219

Rushes-Yards47-22634-214

Passing Yards92245

Comp-Att-Int5-10-218-27-0

Punts-Avg3-34.52-46

Fumbles-Lost5-34-2

Penalties-Yards2-157-50

RUSHING—GHS: James Reese 15-114, Justice Centers 12-90, Nick Canaguier 4-17, Darnell McKnight 12-9, Daylon Mack 1-4, Kenneth Ainsworth 1-2, Marcello Jackson 1-2, Hagen Cooper 1-(minus 12). CHHS: Andrew Black 9-74, Wesley Thompson 6-62, Malik Walker 9-52, Jesse Mumphrey 5-19, Jeffery Minor 2-17, Ja’Braylon Franklin 1-0, TEAM 2-(minus 10).

PASSING—GHS: Nick Canaguier 5-10-2 92. CHHS: Andrew Black 18-27-0 245.

RECEIVING—GHS: James Reese 1-58, Quanterius Turner 2-25, Justice Centers 2-9. CHHS: Gabriel Robinson 6-85, Jeffery Minor 5-64, Lex Heckel 3-26, Wesley Thompson 3-26.

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