The Chariton Charger football team closed out the 2019 season with their third straight dominant performance with a 49-6 win over Clarke at Osceola this past Friday night. The win was the third straight for the Chargers, who ended the season at 5-4.

Chariton scored at least 40 points in each of their last three games including a 61-13 win over Saydel two weeks ago and a 41-13 win over previously unbeaten and #5 ranked Des Moines Christian last week.

“We played really well for three weeks in a row. We ran the ball really well tonight and threw it well too. Our defense played really well again too. It was a great way for our seniors to go out. After the first series, we figured out what Clarke was doing defensively and we moved the ball pretty well,” Chariton Head Coach Curt Smyser said.

Chariton’s defense held the Indians to minus three yards passing, nine first downs and 102 yards rushing, a lot of which came on the game’s final drive. They also intercepted a Clarke pass and recovered a fumble.

The Chargers broke open a 7-0 game with 28 points in the second period to lead 35-0 at halftime. They added one more touchdown in the third and fourth quarters and didn’t give up a touchdown until the final play of the game.

Chariton amassed 380 yards of offense including 288 yards rushing. Senior tailback Dylan Cain rushed for 186 yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns in his final game at Chariton. He finished the season with over 1,000 yards rushing.

Senior offensive guard Hunter Koehn got to run the ball and rushed for 37 yards on three carries and one touchdown.

Senior quarterback Graden Arnold didn’t have to throw a lot but threw the ball well going 4-6 for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Jackson Curnutte caught three passes for 69 yards and one touchdown. Senior wideout Payton Lavender caught a 23-yard touchdown and also ran for a 41-yard touchdown as well.

Defensively, Nick Wood had three solo tackles, six assists and two tackles for loss. Cain had five solo tackles, six assists and one tackle for loss. Jordan Mundy had one solo tackle, seven assists and three tackles for loss.

For the second straight year, Chariton will lose a very good senior class and Coach Smyser reflected on this.

“We lose a great group of 20 seniors, four or five of which have started since they were freshmen. We’re also deep in linemen with five senior linemen. We lose Dylan, who set a new single game rushing record against Des Moines Christian and the new school career tackle record. Nick Wood set the career school tackle for loss record. They’ll all be very hard to replace,” Coach Smyser said.

The districts will change again this winter like they do every two years. Coach Smyser said that Chariton will remain in Class 2A but doesn’t have any idea what district they’ll be put in or who they might be playing next season.

Chargers score first

About midway through the first quarter on a first and 10 from the Indian 46, Cain picked up two yards to the 44 and Nick Wood ran it to the 40 to set up third and four.

Read the October 29, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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