Too many mistakes, killer turnovers and missed opportunities hurt the Chariton varsity football team in a 14-13 loss at Centerville Friday night.

The loss was the third straight for the Chargers, who fell to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in Class 2A District 8 play. They have three regular season games remaining including playing at Saydel this week, hosting Des Moines Christian the following week and ending the season at Clarke. Chariton is likely out of playoff contention for this season.

“This was a game we probably should’ve won, but the penalties and turnovers kicked our butt. We had three turnovers and seven offensive penalties and we couldn’t finish anything out. Due to the penalties, we started out with first and 20 and second and 15 at times. There were also times when our receivers were open and we missed them,” Chariton Head Coach Curt Smyser said.

Of Chariton’s three turnovers, one was an interception and another was a fumble that occurred deep in Centerville territory and halted possible scoring drives. They also fumbled a punt away during the second quarter, which would’ve given them the ball on about the 50-yard line.

Chariton was starting at their own 20-yard line on a lot of drives. The Chargers ran the ball well enough to win this game, amassing 145 yards on the ground. They also had 200 passing yards for 345 yards of total offense. They just couldn’t finish drives at times and were hurt by killer turnovers and penalties. Chariton outgained Centerville in total yards, 345-253.

Chariton also had an extra point blocked on their second touchdown that would’ve tied the game.

Defensively, Chariton played pretty well except for two long runs they gave up including one later in the first quarter that help set up Centerville’s first touchdown. They also gave up a 61-yard touchdown run to start the second half. Centerville had just one turnover in the game.

“Our kids played hard tonight and our defensive line played well,” Coach Smyser said.

Read the October 8, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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