CHESNEE — Landrum used two big red zone stands to hold on for a 21-13 victory over Chesnee on Thursday night, avenging last season’s 36-26 loss to the Eagles.
After the two teams traded punts the first few possessions, the Cardinals (4-1) took the lead midway through the the first quarter. On fourth-and12, quarterback Michael Clark rolled out of the pocket and found Kolbe Pruitt wide open for 34 yards, putting his team up 7-0.
Chesnee (2-3) responded its next drive, as receiver Dez Tate took a short pass and went 85-yards to tie the score at 7-7. That was the most success the Eagles offense would have most of the night though, as QB Jacob Kimbrell struggled with accuracy, going 17-of-40 for 203 yards and a touchdown.
Landrum came in looking to get its two backs, Turner Ussery and Austin Hutchins, heavily involved. Hutchins got the call the most in the first half, rushing nine times for 45 yards and finishing with 14 carries for 65 yards.
Ussery was called on in the second half, carrying the ball 27 times for 140 yards. His touchdown late in the third put the Eagles away.
Cardinals’ coach Jason Farmer gave credit to his whole team for the performance.
“The strength of our team is our offensive line. But we got some horses in our backfield and we expect to run them,” he said.
It was the third back, Silas Philips, who had the biggest run of the night though. His 55-yard sprint gave Landrum a 14-7 lead.
“Silas might be the fastest of the three," Farmer said. "Not bad for a kicker. Real proud of Silas, real big play.”
The Eagles did have a few chances though, twice moving the ball down the field and into the red zone. The Eagles had to settle for Ian Harris' field goal, however.
After recovering a Landrum fumble on the Cardinals’ 45-yard line midway through the fourth, Chesnee again failed to find the end zone, settling for a 25-yard field goal from Harris to make it a one possession game at 21-13.
“Well, you know it’s nice when you can get points,” Chesnee coach Bill Owens said. “Landrum is good defensively and we didn’t know how many times we’d be able to get a drive like that going.”
The Eagles' defense forced a quick punt and Chesnee took possession with under six minutes left in the game. On the third play of the drive, Landrum forced a fumble and the Cardinals were able to recover and run out the clock.
“Our defense has given up five points a game,” said Farmer. “You can win football games doing that, and that’s what we’re going to do.”