Chancellor running back Rodney Woodward staked his team to a 21-0 first-half lead and the Chargers rolled to a 27-0 victory over host Courtland in a Battlefield District game last night.
The Chargers, 0-10 in their inaugural season two years ago, raised their record to 5-1, 4-0 in the district. Courtland, which also lost at home to Chancellor last season, is 5-1, 4-1 in the district.
"It's a real big win," said Chancellor Coach Scott Miller. "This is the big game that these kids really wanted."
Woodward rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior also threw a 17-yard touchdown pass.
"Rodney Woodward played an exceptional game tonight," said Miller. "I think we played well both offensively and defensively."
Chancellor limited Courtland to 35 yards rushing. And with consistent pressure on quarterback Brek Hall, the Cougars managed only five completions in 14 attempts for 58 yards.
Chancellor quarterback Brian Ratliff gave the Cougars the lead in the second quarter. His one-yard keeper capped a seven-play, 47-yard drive that was highlighted by a 10-yard run by Woodward and a 15-yard personal foul on the Cougars.
But Woodward was just warming up.
The Chargers blew a scoring opportunity on Ratliff's fumble at the 1-yard line, but Courtland punted on its next possession.
On first down from the Chancellor 35, Woodward broke outside, jumped one defender, spun from the grasp of another and sprinted 65 yards for a touchdown with 3:21 left in the half.
The Chancellor defense held again, and with only four seconds left in the half, Woodward hit Shawn Szakelyhidi with a 17-yard halfback option pass to make it 21-0.
Woodward rushed eight times for 105 of Chancellor's 160 rushing yards in the first half. Meanwhile the Chargers defense held Courtland to 50 yards, all on the ground.
Woodward finished the scoring with a 24-yard touchdown run with less than one minute to play.