Ironmen varsity gridiron squad ends 2019 season with loss to BCHS
Nov 14, 2019 10:05AM
Ironman QB Dylan Harden calls his own number and sets off down field chased by BCHS defensive lineman Darius Boyd, as he heads for the Yellow Jackets’ red zone. See more photos on page 5B.
by MICHAEL E. POWELL
The 2019 season for the Ironmen varsity football squad came to a 40-14 end on Jack Dixon Field at Bessemer City High School on Friday night. Nov. 8.
In spite of getting on the scoreboard first, the Ironmen just couldn’t keep up their earlier momentum and the off-and-on-again Yellow Jackets managed to make their plays count, in spite of some good defensive moves by the D-line of the CHS men in blue.
The Ironmen’s first TD came off a Blanton one-yard run with 7:35 on the clock, and with kicker Dawson Moore’s PAT, the CHS men were up 7-0 against the old rivals in the “Battle for the Belt”.
Cherryville recovered a Yellow Jackets fumble in the first quarter with 4:06 on the clock, then the Ironmen fumbled, giving the Jackets the ball. They promptly turned that into a TD with 36.3 left on the clock in the first. The BCHS team tried a two-point conversion that failed and the score at the end of the first quarter was 7-6, with the Ironmen holding on by a slim, one-point margin.
In the second quarter the Ironmen got their second Jackets fumble with 6:21 on the clock.
The second half of play was all Jackets as the Ironmen allowed them to grind out 32 points to rule the game, getting the win and a share of the SPC 1A title.
CHS running back Jayden “The Iron Horse” Blanton was looking to try and set a new school record for rushing yards set in the 70s by Tommy Summer (CHS Class of 1073), who – according to reports – rushed then for 2,500 yards. He reportedly needed 110 yards but was held to only four (4) rushing yards off of 10 carries.
The Ironmen (3-8; 3-5) came out of the gate looking good, but the 7-4; 7-1 Yellow Jackets came to get the job done and get the belt back, after two losses last year to the Ironmen.
A high note for senior QB Dylan Harden in this one was that he hit Anthony Roberts from the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter for a staggering 65-yard pass for the Ironmen’s second TD. The PAT by Moore was good, and the Ironmen had 14 points to show for their efforts in this frozen tundra-type, cold weather game.
The tale of the tape is that the men in blue and white got only 43 rushing yards and 129 yards in the air, for a total of 172 yards for the game.
After Blanton, Harden had four carries for negative three yards; Christian Hahn got 17 yards off of his carries; Chase Miller had 14 yards on the ground; and Cooper Sloan had three carries for 28 yards.
Harden completed eight of 18 passes with Jerran Croft catching two of four passes thrown to him for 10 yards; and the Roberts gargantuan catch of 65 yards for the late game TD.
While the CHS defense was stellar as a whole and a unit last Friday night, it was noted that senior Andrew Beam was all over the field making plays, and generally causing mayhem among the BCHS offense. Others who also played defense and gave great effort were Kyle Wallace, Austin Thompson, Kadin Beaver, Christian Hahn (who was great on both sides of the field), Sammy Clark, Blanton, Jerran Croft, Mason Grindstaff, and Jackson Bowers, just to name a few.
(Additional information by Susan L. Powell and Danny Eaker)