FOOTBALL: Chandler Park Academy Spoils University Prep’s Homecoming With A 32-6 Victory
DETROIT – Chandler Park Academy moved one step closer to caputuring another Charter School League football title yesterday with a 32-6 win over University Prep. The Eagles improved to 5-1 on the season, and 4-0 in league play with their win today.
"This win solidified a piece of the conference title for us," said head coach John Jergovich. "If I had to give us a grade, I’d probably say B-. We have a lot of improvement to do, but they came together and played pretty well."
Chandler Park Academy didn’t waste much time getting on the board, when freshman Omar Twilley took the opening kickoff all the way for a touchdown, almost untouched. On the ensuing kickoff, Chandler Park Academy attempted what appeared to be an onside kick, and it worked to perfection.
The ball hit a University Prep player, and the Eagles recovered the ball on the 50-yard line. Five plays later, junior running back Norris Moore rumbled in from 11-yards out for a score to give Chandler Park Academy the 12-0 lead. University Prep’s only points of the game came midway through the first quarter at the 5:30 mark, when running back Trenell Withworth scored from 3-yards out, to make the score 12-6 now.
Chandler Park Academy would respond on the very next drive, going 76-yards in 10 plays, and the drive was capped off by an 8-yard touchdown run by William Oates just before the quarter ended.
Up 20-6 now on University Prep (4-2) entering the second quarter, Chandler Park Academy would tack on more points before the half, spoiling University Prep’s homecoming festivities.
Freshman quarter Delvin Washington connected with his favorite target, sophomore wide receiver Jalen Martin on a 68-yard scoring play, and the Eagles went into the half with a 26-6 lead.
The second half was quiet for both teams, as neither was able to score in any points in the third quarter.
Chandler Park Academy would close the door on any possible comeback attempt by University Prep in the fourth quarter to seal the win. On the very first play of the quarter, Washington scrambled around, and found Moore streaking across the middle of the field wide open. Moore would do the rest, racing towards the endzone for an 87-yard touchdown. Washington finished 7-15, for 151 yards, and two touchdowns.
"This was a big win we for us," Washington said. "We really needed this win to put us number one in the conference."
Chandler Park Academy has two divisional games remaining, with a highly anticipated matchup with rival Michigan Collegiate looming two weeks from now.
"The game with them is going to be good," Jergovich said." It’s like Michigan versus Ohio State. It’s always the last conference game of the year, both teams really bring it, and it’s usually for the conference championship."