WADESBORO, N.C. — Chesterfield scored a touchdown with 10 seconds left to even the score and drilled an extra point through the uprights to stun Anson 27-26 on Friday.
The Golden Rams (3-1) took home the trophy in last week’s second annual Battle for the Border showdown with the Anson Bearcats (1-3). The loss was a heartbreaker for Anson, which dominated Chesterfield in the first half and led 26-7 at halftime.
“This right here is a pill that’s hard to swallow, for a 41-year-old man, for coaches, and especially for some teenage boys that have given their all all summer and spring and were that close,” Anson coach Ralph Jackson said. “I mean, close enough to touch it. We just didn’t finish it, didn’t finish it.”
Anson got out to an early lead, scoring four unanswered touchdowns. Chesterfield came alive with an interception returned 30 yards for a score in the final 43 seconds of the first half.
The Rams came out swinging in the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns that brought the score to 26-20.
Chesterfield handed Anson a 34-7 loss in last year’s Battle for the Border and now holds a 4-2 advantage over the Bearcats in the last five seasons.
The win keeps the Anson Community Hospice-Hospice of Chesterfield County traveling trophy in Chesterfield for another year.
McBee blanked East Clarendon 67-0 on Friday to improve its record to 4-0. The Panthers are the only undefeated team in Chesterfield County and will face Latta (2-1) this Friday.
Marlboro County (2-1) manhandled Cheraw 40-0 to hand the Braves their third straight loss. Cheraw will seek to enter the win column when it travels to Fort Mill this week to face Indian Land (3-0).
Central (0-3) fell to Lancaster 35-21 at home and will host Chesterfield this week in a cross-county clash.
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