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Ayden-Grifton's head coach Paul Cornwell during the game against Washington on Oct. 5, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, October 6, 2018

LITTLEFIELD — The Ayden-Grifton Chargers picked up their first football league win of the season in the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference, beating Washington, 24-15, on Friday night.

The victory also marked another milestone for Chargers head coach Paul Cornwell. With it, Cornwell surpassed his former coach, B.T. Chappell, with 121 wins as the Chargers head coach. 

“Like I told someone earlier, that’s one of those things you’ll enjoy once you retire,” Cornwell said. “But for now it’s about being 1-0 in the conference. This is a great group of kids, and we just have to get ready for next week.” 

The Chargers (4-2, 1-0) relied heavily on running back Ray Darden, who finished with 152 yards on 18 carriers, scoring two touchdowns. Quarterback Blake Mclawhorn struggled, finishing just 2-for-6, throwing for 26 yards and two interceptions, but scoring one touchdown on the ground, rushing for five yards on six carries.

Washington quarterback Antwone Godley finished 9-for-22, throwing for 105 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Running back Michael Clark finished with 15 carries for 50 yards. Hunter Hall led the Pam Pack in receiving with two receptions for 12 yards and two touchdowns.

McLawhorn got the scoring started for A-G, punching in a score on a quarterback sneak. The Pam Pack responded on its next possession with a field goal early in the second quarter. 

The Chargers defense continued its stellar play as of late. After pinning the Washington offense at the 1-yard line, A-G took down Godley for a safety to make the score 9-3. Darden joined in on the scoring after A-G received the ball following the kick. He pushed through several Pam Pack defenders to score from 21 yards out.

McLawhorn was intercepted after a pass was tipped off a Chargers wide receivers hands, landing in the hands of Washington’s Ka’ci Foreman.

Two drives later, Godley found Hall to show Washington wouldn't roll over. The momentum continued to swing toward the Pam Pack, as Foreman picked off McLawhorn for his second interception of the night.

With 11:14 to go in the third quarter, Chargers defensive back Tyler Brown picked off a pass from Godley to give A-G control once again. 

The Pam Pack won the turnover battle, stealing possession five times from the Chargers.

Looking to regain some momentum, Washington jumped on a loose ball after McLawhorn failed to secure a snap. They drove to the Chargers’ 39-yard line. Godley dropped back and delivered a strike to Foreman, who ran into the end zone. The referee stepped in and brought a halt to the celebrations, however, ruling Godley was past the line of scrimmage when he delivered the throw. 

Darden punched in another score from 10 yards out on the Chargers’ next possession to extend A-G’s lead to 24-9. The final score of the night was Godley leading a fast-paced Washington drive, completing a pass from eight yards out to Hall for the score. 

The Chargers prepare for another big game next week as they travel to take on Kinston.

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.

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