The Chattanooga Christian School Chargers made history Friday night in a 50-26 victory at Silverdale Baptist Academy. The win ensures that CCS will host a football playoff game for the first time.
"I'm really proud of the guys," Chargers coach Mark Mariakis said. "We've told them all year to do something somebody's never done before, and now they've done it."
To do it, CCS (6-3, 5-1 Division II-AA East) had to overcome the persistence of Silverdale (3-7, 0-6). Seahawks quarterback Wade Jewell came out of the gate slinging the football, completing passes of 19 and 14 yards on the opening drive. The Seahawks capped off that first possession with a 22-yard touchdown run by wide receiver Cameron Bowen.
The home team held the lead very briefly as Chargers running back Jamichael Baxter broke off a 64-yard touchdown run on their first play from scrimmage. Baxter then ran for a 2-point conversion to give CCS an 8-7 lead.
"We have three or four guys who can take it to the house at any moment," Mariakis said. "For Baxter to get back that score right away was big."
After a Seahawks punt, Baxter continued to assert himself on offense. On second down the junior burst through for 42 yards before being brought down at the 1-yard line. On the next play he punched it in for his second score of the game.
He wound up rushing for 258 yards on 21 carries.
On the ensuing possession CCS forced another punt but fumbled the recovery to set the Seahawks up on the 1-yard line. Jewell took advantage of the prime field position with a touchdown on a quarterback sneak.
The game remained 15-13 until late in the second quarter when CCS quarterback Sam Hall found Damarcus Hinton in the end zone for a 5-yard catch to put the visitors up by nine at halftime. On their first possession of the third quarter, Baxter struck again, rumbling 33 yards for his third touchdown.
CCS continued to pile on the points with touchdown runs of 26, 5 and 25 yards.
Silverdale wasn't able to overcome the deficit but did manage to score a 1-yard touchdown late in the third quarter and a 41-yarder on a run by Connor Delashmitt.
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