Recap of Van Buren's and Alma's River Valley Conference games.
After Chaffin utilized a pair of onside kicks and recovered an early Pointer turnover, the Cougars built a 21-0 lead within the first five minutes of the game.
But that was all Chaffin could do and hold Van Buren’s offense as the Cougars were able to escape Jim Rowland Stadium 21-14 on Thursday in a River Valley Conference contest.
The loss dropped VBFA to 2-4 overall and 2-1 in league play.
The Pointers host Ramsey next week before squaring off against Alma (Oct. 19), Greenwood (Oct. 26) and Harrison (Nov. 2).
The Pointers got on board after they took over on the Cougar 21 with 44 seconds remaining in the first half.
Gary Phillips hit Hayden Roark for a 12-yard strike and added the two-point conversion to make it 21-7 at the break.
The Pointers were able to stop Chaffin to start the second half on a fourth and 14 after a seven-yard sack by Doug Giron.
Xavier McCormick capped a 12-play drive on a one-yard run and the Pointers were within a touchdown with 0:51.5 remaining in the third quarter.
Phillips finished with 15 carries for 37 yards and was 7 of 14 for 90 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
On the Cougar’s final main drive of the night, Chaffin was facing first and goal from the 10, but Caleb Fergeson stepped in and caught a Wehunt pass in the end zone to end the threat. Hunter Laxon had an interception in the first half.
In total, Chaffin had three turnovers and the Pointers had two.
Chaffin opened the game recovering an onside kick and on the first play, Parker Wehunt hit speedy Connor Austin for a 51-yard strike. Wehunt also hit Austin for a 57-yard touchdown pass on the Cougars’ third possession of the game to go up 21-0.
In between those two quick strikes, Chaffin recovered a Pointer fumble and at the 45 and seven plays later Robinson Tran carried it in from two yards out.
Wehunt was 7-of-13 passing for 177 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Austin had six catches for 170 yards.
Alma 28, Darby 7
“The kids responded to adversity really well early in the game,” said coach JD Coursey. “We started poorly, but settled down and played hard and executed well as the game went on.”
Both Seth Cole and Nathan Whalen were dominant on the defensive line again for the Airedales.
Logan Chronister carried the ball for 108 yards and three touchdowns. Chance Billings threw for 77 yards. Jacob Coursey hauled in a pair of passes for 30 yards.
Trey Fuselier had two interceptions and returned one 41 yards for a touchdown. Mikey Shaddon and Jacob Machen also had interceptions.