team dug a big first half hole and wasn’t able to catch up in a 47-21 loss to Albia at Albia’s homecoming Friday night.

The Chargers struggled with giving up big plays and nagging penalties in the first half and trailed 13-0 after one period and 27-0 at halftime. Chariton made a couple of adjustments defensively at halftime and moved the ball better in the second half and put three scores on the board.

“Our defensive backs hurt us tonight not being in the right spots and not tackling. Our D-backs have to cover and not give up the big play. We did a good job of not turning the ball over, but penalties put us in first and long and we’re not a big play offense. We work for every yard and can’t be behind the sticks,” Chariton Head Coach Curt Smyser said.

Albia amassed 497 yards of offense on the night including 420 yards passing. Chariton had 234 total yards and ran the ball well once again with 141 yards rushing.

Chariton won the turnover battle as the Chargers had no turnovers and Albia had three including two interceptions and a fumble. Chariton also had 20 first downs and Albia had 16. Chariton committed six penalties for 32 yards and Albia had nine penalties for 96 yards.

In the second half, Chariton outscored Albia 21-20. “We had an eight minute drive to start the second half. We did a couple things differently with our defensive backs and they were in the right spots and we got a couple of stops in the second half. Ryder McGee ran the ball well once again and Kasyn Paige made a couple of tough catches. Preston Lane had another solid night catching the ball,” Coach Smyser said.

McGee rushed for 78 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown. Sam Primakov rushed for 51yards on 13 carries.

Making his second varsity start at quarterback, Mason Smith played well going 11-25 with 104 yards and two touchdowns. Coach Smyser said that Smith will likely start against Saydel on Chariton’s homecoming this week.

Lane caught five passes for 40 yards and one touchdown. Paige caught three passes for 41 yards. Bates caught two passes for 23 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, Bates had five solo tackles. Linebacker Kaden Fitzgerald had four solo tackles, one assist and one interception. Linebacker Sam Ilyenko had three solo tackles, two assists, two tackles for loss and one sack. Cutler Arnold had two solo tackles, one assist, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Defensive back Josh Desmond had two solo tackles and an interception.

Read the September 29, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader/Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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