BISHOPVILLE - Lee Central High School fell to Chesterfield 21-12 at home on Friday in a Region IV-2A matchup between two teams that appeared to be heading in opposite directions entering the night.The Stallions came into the game with a 3-1 overall …
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BISHOPVILLE - Lee Central High School fell to Chesterfield 21-12 at home on Friday in a Region IV-2A matchup between two teams that appeared to be heading in opposite directions entering the night.
The Stallions came into the game with a 3-1 overall record and fresh off a 19-18 road win over Central to open the season. The Rams entered at just 1-3, scoring six total points over their past two games.
Lee Central looked the part of the favorite in the early going, marching down the field in the opening five minutes, and scoring on a 10-yard touchdown run by Edward Benjamin with 7:18 remaining in the first quarter.
Chesterfield managed to answer late in the second quarter after the Stallions turned the ball over on downs. The Rams ran the ball into the end zone and connected on the extra point to take a 7-6 lead into halftime.
The teams exchanged possessions early in the third quarter with Stallion punter Jaquaze Myers pinning the Rams deep in their own territory with a 48-yard punt. After a 5-yard penalty pushed Chesterfield back to its 4-yard line,, the Rams connected on the play of the game, a 96-yard touchdown reception over the top of the Lee Central secondary to stretch their lead to 14-6.
"It was definitely deflating," said Lee Central head coach Justin Danner of the play. "We were hopeful that we could hang our hats on our defense, which we normally do, and be able to hold on long enough to figure it out offensively. Giving up a big play on defense definitely lets the air out of you."
The Stallions struck back, however, when Benjamin notched his second touchdown of the game, an 8-yard run to cut the deficit to 14-12. The Stallions attempted a 2-point conversion but were stopped just inches from the goal line.
Lee Central's offense stalled after the first quarter. The Stallions were playing with a new center after losing its starter to an injury last week. The replacement came out with his own injury in the first quarter, disrupting the team's offensive flow.
"I thought that we were resilient in the second half, trying to find a way to get the offense going, to try to find a way to score," said Danner. "I think having to move different people around didn't help us. But that's the game that we play; it's next man up, and you gotta have guys behind guys ready to go."
Chesterfield added the clincher with a 25-yard touchdown pass with 4:26 remaining to pull ahead 21-12.
"I definitely want to take my hat off to Coach (Michael) Mains over at Chesterfield," said Danner. "I thought he got his kids up and ready to come steal a win out of here and they did."
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