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Football: Chaps upset Gainesville in season finale
AUBREY -- The Aubrey Chaparrals capped a disappointing season with a gutsy, hard-nosed 31-13 win over Gainesville on Friday night.
Aubrey leaned heavily on its rushing attack and forced the Leopards into two late turnovers to seal the win and end the season on positive note.
For head coach G.A. Moore, the importance of finishing the year strong could not be understated.
"It was awfully important for these guys," Moore said. "I'm proud of them tonight."
A dominant first half by Aubrey's Charlie Radford paced the Chaparrals to a three-point halftime lead.
Looking for their first District 9-3A win of the year, the Chaparrals came out running in the first quarter. Aubrey's opening drive saw the Chaparrals run the ball on eight of nine plays, advancing the ball deep into Leopard territory. But after the drive stalled at the Gainesville 13-yard line, Aubrey (4-6, 1-4) settled for a field goal.
On the ensuing kickoff, Radford came bursting through the coverage to recover the ball inside Leopard territory, his first of two onside kick recoveries in the first quarter. Five plays later, all runs, Radford scampered around the left side for a 14-yard touchdown.
Radford finished the half with 48 yards on six rushes.
Gainesville (6-4, 2-3) countered with a touchdown late in the second quarter thanks to two huge runs from tailback Kenyon Morgan.
Morgan opened the Leopard drive with a 25-yard gash through the Chaparral defense. Three plays later, facing a third-and-18, Morgan broke through the line for a 35-yard gain. Morgan capped the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run with under a minute left in the half.
Both teams relied almost exclusively on the run in the first half. The Leopards ran for 70 yards in the first half and did not attempt a pass. Meanwhile, Aubrey amassed 139 yards on the ground and did not complete a pass in three attempts.
Aubrey's second half was the same rushing game with a different name: Albert Silva. The junior running back burst out of the locker room with a 50-yard touchdown run on Aubrey's second offensive play of the second half. Silva finished the half with 71 yards on 10 carries.
The Chaparral defense forced the Leopards into a three-and-out on the next possession, and what followed was a tough 11-play, 84-yard touchdown drive for Aubrey. The Chaparrals utilized five different rushers during the drive to wear down the Leopard defense.
Coming back from an injury that had him sidelined for much of the district schedule, senior James Wurster finished the drive with a crucial 24-yard pass to convert a fourth-and-4. He later had a 1-yard touchdown run.
Wurster and senior running back Justin Griffin both came back from injury to play in the game.
"[Wurster and Griffin] both worked hard all week and wanted to play," Moore said. "Wurster wasn't healthy, but he played hard."
Late in the fourth quarter, Gainesville cut its deficit to 10 and was threatening to score from the Aubrey 11. But the Chaparral defense flushed Gainesville's Dakota Nichold from the pocket and into a hurried, ill-advised throw. Aubrey's Matt Anson snatched the errant pass out of the air and snuffed out the threat.
On their next possession, the Leopards managed only one snap before fumbling the ball back to the Chaparrals.
Aubrey scored three plays later on a 24-yard hook-up between Wurster and Radford to seal the win and end the 2010 campaign on a high note.
Aubrey 31, Gainesville 13
Gainesville 0 7 6 0 -- 13
Aubrey 10 0 14 7 -- 31
A: Gabriel Vicino 30 field goal, 6:30
A: Charlie Radford 14 run (Vicino kick), 4:06
G: Kenyon Morgan 4 run (Juan Hernandez kick), :52
A: Albert Silva 50 run (Vicino kick), 8:57
A: James Wurster 1 run (Vicino kick), :05
G: Harold Wills 50 from Dakota Nichols (conversion failed), :00
A: Radford 24 from Wurster (Vicino kick), 1:49
First downs 8 12
Rushing yards 27-118 50-264
Passing yards 89 51
Total yards 207 315
Passes 3-4-1 2-6-0
Fumbles-lost 4-1 1-1
Punts-avg 3-39.7 3-45.7
Penalties-yds 5-40 7-45
Rushing: G - Morgan 21-126, Harold Wills 2-(-8), Dakota Nichols 3-(-14), Devyone Lewis 1-14. A - Justin Griffin 9-29, Skyler Starling 13-67, Charlie Radford 12-80, Albert Silva 12-92, Wurster 2-(-13), Anthony Alford 2-9.
Passing: G - Nichols 3-4-1-89. A - Starling 0-3-0-0. Wurster 2-3-0-51.
Receiving: G - Harold Wills 2-76, Morgan 1-13. A - Collin Scribner 1-27, Radford 1-24.