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Chartiers Houston Slays McGuffey In Program Defining Win On Senior Night 13-7 (Gallery) @MillerTayvian @chbucs1

Written by: on Saturday, October 16th, 2021

 

It certainly has been a while since Chartiers Houston has been the class of Washington County. That all changed Friday night when the Bucs hosted cross-county rivals McGuffey on senior night. The atmosphere at Buccaneer Stadium would fuel the Bucs to a 13-7 defensive masterclass to put Chartiers Houston in 2nd place in the Century.

“The fans were great. They made a huge impact,” said CH LB Tayvian Miller.” Without them we might have lost. They put us back in the game. When our heads were down, they picked us back up and played a big role in this win.”

Last season, when the Bucs and Highlanders faced off, Chartiers Houston was shut out 56-0. Following a quick three and out on the Highlanders opening drive, the script seemed to be reversed.

Both teams would trade defensive dominance in the first and early second quarters, however, in the mid second, Jeremiah Johnson would break the game open. A long run would set up a 6 yard TD from Kyle Brookman to put McGuffey up 7-0.

After a Bucs three and out, it seemed like the Highlanders would win in dominating fashion once again. The defense stood tall, and recovered a McGuffey fumble with 50 seconds left in the half. 20 seconds later, Jordan Irson would take Charters Houston into halftime only down one.

In the mid 3rd quarter, turnovers would again cost McGuffey points, as a muffed punt recovered by McGuffey would turn the ball over on downs to Chartiers Houston. Giving plenty of room for Jordan Irson to add to his TD total.

“He’s been a real key factor,” Miller said of Irson. “With Nathan Cavallo tearing his ACL in the first game of the season, he really stepped up. I don’t think anyone really thought he was going to be that productive, and we’re really proud of him.”

Following the TD, it would be a race against the clock. The Chartiers Houston defense would not let the Highlanders cross midfield for the remainder of the game- including two key 4th down stops with 3 minutes and 30 seconds remaining.

“This win feels amazing. Last year was chippy and rough and they beat us by a large margin,” Miller recalled. “They told us last year that we should never step on a football field with them again. Last time I checked, the scoreboard has a W on it in our column.”

With the win, Chartiers Houston is now in firm control of a home playoff game and a second place finish in the WPIAL 2A century. A win next week at Waynesburg would clinch the home game before a Week 9 Bye. McGuffey will return home next week to look to clinch a playoff spot against Beth Center.

“(Hosting a playoff game) means everything,” Miller said. “Two years ago we were cut down in the Tri-County South. Last year we lost to Frazier 6-7. It’s been a trial with a lot of heartbreak, but this year we’re back in it.”

 

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