A bad first quarter in which they dug a deep hole was too much to overcome for the Chariton Charger Varsity football team in a 41-6 loss to Centerville in their regular season finale at Reynolds Field in Chariton Friday night.

The loss gave the Chargers a final regular season record of 0-7. Chariton will face Centerville again in their first round District playoff game this Friday night, Oct. 16, at Centerville at 7 p.m.

On Friday, the Chargers got off to a slow start and were unable to stop Centerville early falling behind 28-0 after one period. The Big Reds dominated up front and moved the ball downfield with ease to score and build the big early lead. They added one more score in the second period to go up 34-0 at halftime.

“They just beat us badly up front tonight and controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage. Their linemen are just bigger and better than ours and their quarterback does the read option really well. Our linebackers were also nowhere to be found tonight. They didn’t read their keys at all that we worked on all week in practice,” Chariton Head Coach Curt Smyser said.

Coach Smyser also noted that two Chariton punts including one with a bad snap and the other that was blocked led to easy touchdowns for Centerville. The Big Reds also scored touchdowns on two slant passes they threw on the single receiver side that Chariton didn’t make tackles on.

“If we take away those four big plays, the outcome could’ve possibly been altered. I thought our defense played well the last two and a half quarters. I thought Sam Primakov played well at tailback when he came in. It was also the best game that Jayden Allen-Winston has played on both sides of the ball this season,” Coach Smyser said.

Read the October 13, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader/Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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