Granville-Whitehall falls short in crossover
By Keith Harrington
Granville-Whitehall didn’t exactly receive a favorable draw for the first round of Section II Crossover football play. Chatham is a Class D powerhouse with high expectations when their playoffs begin next week.
Throw in the long two-hour trip and the cards were stacked against Granville-Whitehall, which pulled within one score of Chatham late in the game Friday night but came up short, falling 26-20 on the Panthers’ field.
Granville-Whitehall entered the night winners of two in a row and three of their last four. The Panthers jumped out to a 13-0 lead. Tyler Kneller scored on a three-yard run in the first quarter to give Chatham a 7-0 advantage after the extra point kick from Alex Chudy.
Radley took off on a 92-yard scamper in the second quarter to make it 13-0 Panthers. The extra point kick failed.
Later in the second the Granville-Whitehall coaching staff reached into their bag of tricks to give their team a spark. CJ Monty connected with Alex Torres on a halfback option pass to cut the deficit to 13-6. It was the second time this season that particular play has been successful as the duo also teamed up for a score in the Watervliet game.
Granville-Whitehall drew closer before the break on a 3-yard run by Monty to pull within 13-12 with 2:42 to go in the half.
Chatham once again made it a two-score game in the second half on a pair of touchdown runs by Radley, who scored from 44 in the third and 3 three yards out in the fourth to give the Panthers a 26-12 lead.
RJ Monger hooked up with Nick Crum on an 80-yard scoring pass with 4:33 left in the contest. Monty ran in the two-point conversion and Granville-Whitehall was within striking distance.
Chatham is 7-1 and will play in the Class D playoffs next week.
Granville-Whitehall, 3-6, travels to Johnstown for a crossover game on Thursday at 6 p.m. to close the season.