Delhi Charter 30, Beekman 7
Chester McDaniel set the tone early with a pair of long touchdown runs as Delhi Charter won a 30-7 District 2-2A decision over Beekman on Friday night.
Wasting no time, Chester McDaniel dashed 62 yards on the second play from scrimmage. It was a sign of things to come as the senior tailbackamassed 207 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. George Purvis booted the PAT as the visitors grabbed a 7-0 lead just 52 seconds into the contest.
Chester McDaniel, who finished with 207 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries, dashed 62 yards on the game's second offensive play. George Purvis added the PAT as the visitors grabbed a 7-0 lead just 52 seconds into the contest.
Beekman also struck quickly on its first possession.
With the Tigers facing third-and-seven from the 33, Brock Jenkins found Pierce Hayman for a 67-yard TD strike. Joey Chain's extra point tied the game 7-7 with 9:37 to play in the opening period.
DCS (4-2, 2-0) needed just two plays to answer as Chester McDaniel's 67-yard blast put the visitors ahead for good.
Beekman then went three plays and out as Cameron McDaniel stopped a third-and-three running play for a loss of three.
Setting up at their own 22 after Brayden Spigner's 42-yard punt, the Gators drove 78 yards on eight plays.
J'quan Polly's 5-yard sneak on fourth-and-one gave the Gators a first down at the Beekman 40. On the following snap, Cameron McDaniel rocketed through a huge crease up the middle for the touchdown to put the Gators up 20-7 at 2:05 in the opening quarter.
Scott McMath's 50-yard kickoff return enabled the Tigers to begin their next sequence in Delhi Charter territory at the 48.
Four plays later, Jacob Kitchens' fumble recovery put DCS back in business at its own 32.
Polly's 15-yard pass to Trayveon Houston — the Gators' only completion of the evening — led to Chester McDaniel's 3-yard run which extended the lead to 27-7 with 7:24 left in the half.
Beekman missed a couple of opportunities to cut into the deficit before the break.
Dalon Moore's 47-yard thrust advanced the Tigers to the 20, but Polly's interception ended the threat.
Two plays later, tackle Xavier Lewis' forced and recovered a fumble to turn the ball back over to the Tigers at the 22.
Unable to take advantage of the short field, Beekman turned the ball over on downs when a fourth-and-nine pass fell incomplete.
Moore's fumble recovery enabled Beekman to start its second series of the second half from the DCS 42. Three straight running plays netted 10 yards for a first down at the 30 before James Thomas' third down sack vanquished the threat.
Purvis' 26-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter accounted for the only points of the second half.
Powered by offensive linemen Chad Lee, Michael Gwin, Kitchens, Hayden Arledge and Shelton Foreman, the Gators averaged nearly eight yards per carry while rushing for 309 yards.
Moore (6 carries, 65 yards) was a bright spot offensively for the Tigers.
Beekman travels to Slaughter Charter on Friday at 7 p.m.