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Chartiers Houston Comes Back to take Down Waynesburg Central 27-24 @chbucs1 @PaBackyard

Written by: on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

 

By Colin Rhodes

As the month of October comes near an end, the warmth and sunshine seen early in the season is replaced with cold and rain of typical Pennsylvania fall weather. This is exactly the conditions of the Chartiers-Houston Buccaneers at the Waynesburg Central Raiders game on Oct. 22. 

Waynesburg Central started the game with a surprise onside kick that they recovered at Chartiers-Houston 45. After making it to the five of the Buccaneers, the Raiders went for it on 4th and Goal with sophomore running back Breydon Woods, who made it in for the touchdown to take the lead 7-0. 

Both teams lost fumbles deep in their opponent’s territory, the Bucs’ senior running back Jordan Irson’s recovered by Waynesburg at their own two, and Woods’ recovered by Chartiers-Houston in the endzone, both in the first quarter. This second one was turned into points by the Bucs on a 38-yard touchdown run by Irson early in the second quarter. The missed extra point would leave them down 7-6 unfortunately. 

Woods answered back with a 71-yard touchdown run shortly after, putting the Raiders up 14-6 while also crossing the 1,000 yard mark for the season. Waynesburg Central scored again in the closing seconds of the first half to go up 17-6 over Chartiers-Houston. 

Waynesburg opened the second half with how they closed the first, on a special teams touchdown. Junior Nate Jones returned the kickoff all the way to the endzone for a touchdown to extend the lead to 18 points. 

Down 24-6, Chartiers-Houston was up to the challenge of coming back. On the ensuing kickoff junior Jessie Orbin took the ball to the Waynesburg Central 24, setting up Irson with a 19-yard touchdown run a few plays later. The Bucs went for two but failed to convert, cutting the deficit to just 12 points at 24-12. 

After no scoring the rest of the third quarter, Chartiers-Houston junior receiver Jake Mele returned a Waynesburg Central punt for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. This time, the point after attempt was good, and it was a one-score game again at 24-19. 

The Bucs did to the Raiders what the Raiders did to them at the start of the game by recovering a surprise onside kick. Chartiers-Houston marched down the field and scored on a 20-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Terry Fetsko to Irson to take the lead. After a successful two-point conversion where Irson punched the ball into the endzone, the Buccaneers led the game for the first time 27-24. 

Waynesburg had one last chance to answer with their own points, but freshman quarterback Jacob Stephenson’s pass was intercepted by Orbin on the defensive side. After picking up the first down on offense, Chartiers-Houston won the game with the final score of 27-24. 

“I told them at halftime, ‘We can’t blink, we’ll be okay,” Chartiers-Houston Head Coach Terry Fetsko said. “‘But we just need to go out and execute the play,’ and we did.” 

As for Coach Fetsko, this win marks his 100th career win as a head coach in high school football spanning two schools. 

“I’ll remember this hundredth win just because of how it took place. It was an interesting type of game. We worked for it.” 

The win gives Chartiers-Houston home field advantage in the playoffs as they finish the regular season with a record of 8-1. Meanwhile, Waynesburg Central drops to 2-6 as they finish the season at the Bethlehem Center Bulldogs on Oct. 29. 

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