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Tigers hold off Pirates, 36-34

Buck Ringgold
bringgold@swtimes.com
Charleston's Bryton Ketter, center, rushes into the Cedarville secondary as Dalton Garrett attempts to tackle in the second quarter on Friday, Oct. 2 in Charleston.

CHARLESTON — Cedarville came into Friday's 3A-1 showdown with Charleston attempting to make some history.

However, the Tigers dashed those plans for the Pirates.

In a wild fourth quarter that saw both teams score three touchdowns, Charleston held off a potential game-tying two-point conversion with 20 seconds left to edge Cedarville, 36-34, at Alumni Field.

Here are five takeaways from the win by the Tigers, who moved into sole possession of first place in 3A-1:

1. Second-half team

For the second consecutive week, the Tigers made their presence felt after halftime.

Charleston, which scored five second-half touchdowns last week in a win at Greenland, had four TDs after halftime in Friday's win.

"It's just the second-half mentality we've had all year," Charleston coach Ricky May said. "The kids have responded at halftime and we just came out with a big win (Friday)."

2. Great Scott

A reason for Charleston's increased production in the second half of Friday's win was the play of sophomore quarterback Brandon Scott.

In the opening half, Scott passed for just 31 yards and was held to minus 17 yards rushing. But in the final two quarters, he rushed for 72 yards and a TD while completing 7-of-9 passes for 81 yards.

"The first half, I just had too many mistakes," Scott said. "The second half, we cleaned it up.

"The (minus) 17 yards that I had, was on me; I should have thrown (the ball) away or done something with it, but the second half, our line, they played amazing. They got me into space where I could make something and it got me to where I could get yards."

3. A clutch play

Scott also threw two fourth-quarter TDs, both going to senior Dalton Curtis, who began the season as the Tigers' starting quarterback before being shifted to receiver.

The second TD came with 5:35 left as Charleston faced a fourth-and-19 from the Cedarville 31 in a 28-all score. Scott launched a deep ball that landed in the hands of Curtis, who was wide open in the back of the end zone.

"I just dropped back and I knew two of my guys were going to be down there and I knew one of them was going to make a play, so I just threw it up to them and all the glory to Dalton, he made the play,“ Scott said.

Charleston then went for two and got it, as senior Breckon Ketter ran it in to give the Tigers a 36-28 lead.

4. Oh so close

Cedarville responded with a 16-play 72-yard drive that ended when junior tailback Darryl Kattich — who rushed for 197 yards — scored from 4 yards out to cut the Tiger lead to two with 20 seconds left.

The Pirates then attempted the potential game-tying two-point conversion, but a pitch was mishandled. Cedarville recovered, but the Tiger defense swarmed to ensure the Pirates didn't cross the goal line.

"They had pretty well moved the ball down the field on us on that play, so I kind of felt like they would do that again," May said. "So we had our defense shaded that way a little bit, and they just got off the ball quick and made a good play."

Charleston's Bryton Ketter then recovered the onside kick, allowing the Tigers to run out the clock.

5. Tiger tradition

Cedarville went into Friday's game seeking its first win against Charleston since 1985, and the Pirates had never won at Alumni Field.

Also, the Pirates were aiming for their first 5-0 start in school history.

But the Tigers, especially their seniors, dug deep to deny Cedarville the chance to record one of its biggest wins.

"We came out and just needed a little leadership. ... We knew what we had to do and we did it," Breckon Ketter said. "We knew we were in a dogfight, but we knew what we had to do and we had to get it done."

Ketter, who played inside linebacker, finished with 14 tackles and also returned a fumble 35 yards for a TD to put Charleston up 28-14 with 10 minutes left before the Pirates rallied to tie the score.

Up Next: Cedarville (4-1, 1-1) travels to face Hackett next Friday, while Charleston (3-2, 2-0) goes to Mansfield that same night.

Charleston 36, Cedarville 34

Cedarville;6;8;0;20;—;34

Charleston;0;7;7;22;—;36

First Quarter

Ced — Turney 18 pass from Dickens (run failed), 7:05

Second Quarter

Cha — Brec. Ketter 18 run (Taggart kick), 10:38

Ced — Turney 28 run (Kattich pass from Dickens), 3:42

Third Quarter

Cha — Scott 11 run (Taggart kick), 7:52

Fourth Quarter

Cha — Curtis 23 pass from Scott (Taggart kick), 10:54

Cha — Brec. Ketter 35 fumble return (Taggart kick), 10:00

Ced — Partain 4 run (Kattich run), 8:34

Ced — Partain 28 run (run failed), 8:12

Cha — Curtis 31 pass from Scott (Brec. Ketter run), 5:35

Ced — Kattich 4 run (run failed), :20

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Cedarville, Kattich 24-197, Partain 13-81, Turney 2-34, Mitchell 4-21, Team 2-1, Dickens 1-(-11); Charleston, Scott 18-55, Brec. Ketter 5-36, Brev. Ketter 1-20, Team 1-(2), Bry. Ketter 1-(-3).

PASSING — Cedarville, Dickens 6-15-1 76; Charleston, Scott 11-15-0 112.

RECEIVING — Cedarville, Turney 4-55, Metcalf 1-17, Kattich 1-4; Charleston, Bry. Ketter 4-19, Curtis 3-62, Hamby 1-19, Brev. Ketter 1-5, Hudson 1-4, Brec. Ketter 1-3.

Cedarville's Darryl Kattich breaks into the open field against Charleston on Friday, Oct. 2 at Charleston.