Friday’s regular season finale was bumped up a day due to concerns with the weather forecast. In the end, Horn Lake prevailed with a final score of 16-6.
Horn Lake wasted no time putting points on the board. After a long kickoff return, the Eagle offense had a short field and took advantage with a short touchdown run giving them an early 6-0 lead after a missed point after.
The Charger’s first drive did not last long and after just three plays, Andrew Norton punted down to the Horn Lake seven-yard line. The defense stepped up, though, and forced a turnover near midfield when Michael Johnson picked up a lateral pass that had been dropped.
Norton punted once more inside the Horn Lake five-yard line this time. Neither team could get much of a drive going until late in the second quarter. The Chargers stalled on their best drive at the Eagle’s 29-yard line with a turnover on downs.
Horn Lake put together one more scoring drive with just over two minutes remaining before the half. The defense kept them out of the end zone, but they were able to knock through a field goal extending the halftime lead to 9-0.
The third quarter contained little action to write home about. Both teams continued to exchange punts and turnover on downs back and forth.
The fourth quarter provided more action. With six minutes remaining, there was quite the midfield scuffle and the game paused shortly. Following that, Horn Lake punched in another touchdown extending their lead to 16-0.
Southaven responded with their best drive of the night. Chillers hooked up with freshman receiver, Isaiah Brevard on back to back plays. The first put the Chargers inside the 10-yard line and the second put Southaven on the scoreboard with a seven-yard touchdown. The offense could not convert the two-point conversion and trailed 16-6.
The defense forced another three and out and the offense took over in great field position after a poor punt, but Chillers tossed an interception with a minute and a half remaining to all but end it.
Pending a few other games, this should put the Chargers in the playoffs as the four seed for our district playing the number one seed from district two on the road next week.