Bulldogs Rally Past Pinckney

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An old rivalry was reborn Friday night as Chelsea hosted Pinckney in an early season SEC White showdown.

Pinckney returns to the SEC after a decade away in the KLAA and had its sight set on the Bulldogs.

A defensive battle ensued and Chelsea used two scores in the final 2:46 of the game to rally to defeat the Pirates 10-7.

Pinckney came out fired up and drove 58 yards on its opening drive and scored on a one yard touchdown run by Levi Collins for a 7-0 lead.

The Bulldogs drove to the Pirate 20 yard line on its opening possession, but turned it over on downs when they were stopped on 4th down.

The defenses would settle down and shut down each others offense for most of the first half.

Pinckney drove to the Chelsea four yard line and lined up for a field goal, but the snap was bad and the Bulldogs stopped the run after the fumble.

Both teams had shots in the second half.

Chelsea reached the Pinckney 17, but a loss of five yards on a run forced a fourth down attempt instead of a field goal. The pass was incomplete and Pinckney continued to lead 7-0.

In the fourth, Chelsea drove inside the Pirate 30, but again the drive stalled. Pinckney drove to midfield with just over four minutes left in the game. On fourth and one Pinckney attempted a fake punt that Chelsea stopped, giving them the ball in good field position.

Aiden Chisolm-Blockton catches a touchdown pass off a Pinckney defender late in the game to tie the score at 7-7. Picture by Mike Williamson
Aiden Chisolm-Blockton catches a touchdown pass off a Pinckney defender late in the game to tie the score at 7-7. Picture by Mike Williamson

With 2:46 left, Chelsea quarterback Thomas Steele rolled left and heaved a pass up for grabs in the endzone that wide receiver Aiden Chisolm-Blockton went up and grabbed for a touchdown. Cullen Lindsay nailed the kick to tie the game at 7-7.

Pinckney muffed the kickoff and was tackled at its own seven yard line. The Chelsea defense held tough and forced a punt. The kick was partially blocked and the Bulldogs took over at the Pirate 24 yard line with 2:15 left.

The Bulldogs drove to the 15 yard line and on fourth down Lindsay nailed a 32 yard field goal just inside the left upright to give Chelsea a 10-7 lead with 59 seconds left.

Pinckney would drive to the Chelsea 35 yard line with five seconds left, but a hail mary pass into the endzone fell incomplete and the Bulldogs pulled out the win.

Steele finished 11 of 17 passing for 147 yards. Hunter Neff caught four passes for 64 yards, while Chisolm-Blockton two passes for 47 yards. Alex Sanborn caught one pass for 16 yards and Spencer Gobba one pass for 13 yards. Aaron McDaniels led the team in rushing with 47 yards on 13 carries.

Collins led Pinckney in rushing with 118 yards on 19 carries, while Jack Wurzer had 29 yards on 13 carries. Wurzer was 14-22 passing for 121 yards. Alex Wasyl caught eight passes for 58 yards. Nick Cain caught two for 42, Ben Mistopoulos two for 28, and Mikey Antal two for 12.

Garrett Steele led the Chelsea defense with four solo tackles and five assists. Ronnie Buford had four tackles and four assists, but was in the Pinckney backfield several times to thwart Pirate plays.

Cauy Hendee had a huge game for Pinckney on defense with 11 solo tackles.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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