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The Carlinville High School football coaching staff includes, from left, assistant coach John Reels, assistant coach Ryan Tosh, assistant coach Ken Garrison, assistant coach Quinn Steiner, head coach Chad Easterday, assistant coach Alan Cooper, assistant coach Mike Bolomey, assistant coach Don Borgini and assistant coach Michael Morrison. Photo by Eric Becker of the Macoupin County Enquirer~Democrat.
The 2017 Carlinville High School football captains are, front row, from left, Donovan King and Josh Hinzman; back row, Gabe Long, Max Rogers, A.J. Chapman and Garrett Campbell. Photo by Eric Becker of the Macoupin County Enquirer~Democrat.
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Game Changer Award
Saturday, September 16
By Dave Kane
PANA -- After seeing a 20-0 first-quarter lead vanish by late the first half Friday night, Carlinville High School decided this wasn’t going to be a replay of last year’s disappointing football loss to Pana.
And the Cavaliers did it with old-fashioned ball control.
After falling behind late in the second quarter but regaining a one-point halftime lead, the Cavaliers used a 13-play, 94-yard drive that used up more than five minutes in the third quarter.
Capped by Tucker Hughes’ 1-yard touchdown run, the drive gave Carlinville some breathing room -- and the CHS defense some much-needed rest -- as they eventually took a 55-39 victory that gave them sole possession of first place in the South Central Conference.
“Our linemen had a great push on that drive,” said Hughes, who gained 78 of 103 rushing yards in the second half.
“We drove the ball straight down. It was a great drive and a great effort. We thought a little bit about last year. There were swings back and fourth with momentum. It was a great battle. I respect that (Pana) team. They’re a great team and it was a great game.”
Another Carlinville running back, Garrett Campbell, gained 60 of his 80 yards after halftime.
The Cavaliers, ranked sixth in The Associated Press Class 3A poll, took the outright lead in the SCC with marks of 4-0 overall and in the league. Pana slipped to 3-1 and 3-1.
The outcome helped the Cavaliers (4-0 overall and in the SCC) erase the memory of last year’s 25-23 loss to Pana, which trailed Carlinville 23-6 in the first half. But Carlinville coach Chad Easterday said his team kept its poise.
“To be honest with you, we try to preach that this is this year and just stay in the moment,” Easterday said. “We rarely talk about revenge or getting back at someone.
“Our kids didn’t panic, and that was a key. We had to survive until halftime, then made some adjustments.”
Carlinville’s early 20-0 lead included two scores set up by fumble recoveries by the Cavaliers’ Kyle Dixon, who also caught quarterback Jarret Easterday’s first two touchdown passes.
Easterday finished 19-for-25 passing for 241 yards and four touchdowns, including a 14-yard scoring pass to Jake Ambuehl to open a 48-39 lead with 10:21 left in the fourth quarter.
But the Cavaliers had to overcome an impressive night for Pana quarterback Jacob Beeson, who finished 7-for-15 passing for 362 yards and five touchdowns, with the TD passes ranging from 42 to 82 yards.
Beeson’s 82-yard scoring pass to Jared Beyers gave the Panthers (3-1 and 3-1) their first lead at 33-28 with 2:14 left in the first half. But Carlinville regained the lead with just :37 left in the half as Easterday hit Josh Hinzman on a 39-yard scoring pass for a 34-33 halftime lead.
Chad Easterday, father of the Carlinville coach, said the Cavaliers had to make a choice on how to defend against Beeson and the Panthers.
“You have to pick your battles, and we decided to try to get pressure on (Beeson),” said the Carlinville coach. “We weren’t going to allow them to run the ball right at us; we wanted to make them throw vertically down the field, and they did that.
“But our coaching staff made some great adjustments at halftime.”
After Hughes’ 1-yard TD capped Carlinville’s long drive, Beeson connected for one more long scoring pass: a 64-yarder to Jack Armstrong with 2:19 left in the third. But Carlinville finally got a defensive stop, and the Cavaliers got insurance scores on a 14-yard TD pass from Easterday to Jake Ambuehl and a 20-yard run by Easterday.
But Beeson was hurt with 5:07 left in the game and was taken by ambulance to Pana Community Hospital.
Pana coach Trevor Higgins said it appeared Beeson, who went down along the Pana sideline after being tackled by a Carlinville player, may have injured his right shoulder. But the extent of the injury wasn’t known.
“It was a late hit, but I’m not going to call (the Carlinville) defender a dirty player or anything,” Higgins said. “We wish it didn’t happen, but it did.
“We’re just thankful it wasn’t anything more serious than a shoulder injury.”
Higgins was pleased that his team responded to the early deficit. But he said the Panthers ’had other miscues that led to the loss.
“That drive was big,” he said of Carlinville’s third-quarter march. “But we had our opportunties."
"We had a few key drops from receivers, and we missed on a few blocking assignments."
“But they had a couple of good drives against us and we just couldn’t stop them. My hat’s off to them. They’re a good team with some good athletes, but we have some good ones too."
“It was a hard-fought game, and they came out on top, unfortunately for us.”
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