Failed 4th down play sends JHS to loss at Chelsea
By Neal Wagner | Shelby County Reporter
CHELSEA – Chelsea Field fell almost silent on Sept. 25 as referees attempted to locate a football beneath a mound of uniformed football players late in the third quarter of the Hornets’ showdown with Jemison.
A few seconds later, the home bleachers erupted in screams, cheers and applause. Jemison had failed to convert on fourth down, just 9 yards from the Chelsea end zone.
Seventeen plays later, Chelsea wide receiver Jake Campbell caught a 19-yard pass from quarterback John Michael Lawley in the end zone shortly before Alex Levinson added the extra point, giving Chelsea a 27-21 advantage.
A few minutes later, Levinson connected on a 38-yard field goal, solidifying the Hornets’ 31-21 victory over the Jemison Panthers.
The Panthers (2-3 overall, 2-1 Class 4A, Region 3) this week will visit Dallas County High (2-3, 2-2) for a region contest.
The Hornets lost their first three games of the season but have gone 2-0 since.
Jemison, meanwhile, will look to continue a trend: the Panthers have lost three times but, in each case, have rebounded to win their next game.
Before Chelsea’s fourth-quarter stop last week, the Hornets and Panthers seemed nearly deadlocked as they traded leads every few minutes.
Chelsea scored on the first drive of the game, during an 11-play series capped off by Lawley’s 7-yard run into the end zone. Levinson added the extra point, giving his team a 7-0 advantage.
The Panthers answered on the next series when Jemison’s Javae Swindle capped off a more than 70-yard drive when he ran 9 yards for a touchdown. Patrick Sims added the extra point.
Early in the second quarter, Chelsea running back D.J. Washington powered into the end zone on a 7-yard run, capping off a 58-yard series. Levinson completed the point-after-touchdown to give Chelsea a 14-7 lead.
Jemison again answered quickly when Isa Bentley dove 1 yard into the end zone on the last score of the first half. Sims connected on the extra point, tying the game 14-14.
The Panthers took the lead for the first time in the game on the first series of the second half when Swindle sprinted 22 yards around right end to score. Jemison took the lead 21-14 when Sims added the extra point.
Chelsea answered on the next series when Lawley snuck 1 yard into the end zone. Levinson tied the game at 21-21 late in the third quarter.