Whitehall sports round-up, Nov. 3, 2022

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.

See also “Granville-Whitehall runners contend for title” and “Amber Gibbs wins crown, eyes state” in “Granville sports round-up, Nov. 3, 2022”