By Nicole Compton

The boys varsity football team started the season with six consecutive wins.  After winning their first two league games on the road against both Flintridge and Viewpoint, the varsity team played Rio Hondo in a pivotal Prep League matchup that the Dolphins lost 52-24.

Recovering from their loss to Rio Hondo, last Saturday the Dolphins delivered a convincing49-24 defeat to league oppontent Webb.

Chadwick opened league play against a winless Flintridge squad, who came out ready to play for the Gold Cup. On the first play of the game, junior Jared Agnew was beat on an 80-yard touchdown run. The early mistakes continued when junior quarterback Hank Trumbull threw an interception on the team’s opening drive, and Flintridge quickly took advantage of the turnover with a touchdown.

The football team quickly responded witha drive that resulted in a one-yard touchdown for senior Chudi Iregbulem.  After the Dolphin defense stopped a Flintridge drive, Trumbull threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to junior Andrew Knoxthat tied the score at 13.

Just before half time, Flintridge took a six-point lead, 19-13, on a rushing touchdown, but they could not stop Chadwick’s momentum in the second half.  The defense saved the day when they stopped Flintridge four times inside the five-yard line.  On the very next play after the turnover on downs, Iregbulem reeled off a 99-yard touchdown run, and the football team never looked back.  Junior Jonathon Sojo’s interception return for a touchdown sealed the game. Chadwick managed to hold on to the Gold Cup for a second straight year.

Coming off a subpar performance against Flintridge, the Dolphins looked to rebound against a lesser Viewpoint squad. Chadwick jumped out to a 22-point first quarter lead, but couldn’t maintain their momentum. The team only managed six points in the second half, and allowed Viewpoint to move the ball at will.

“Even though we won, the team played a sloppy game, committing 16 penalties for 158 yards. We also turned the ball over 3 times.  However, some individuals shined,” says Junior, Andrew Knox.  Chudi Iregbelum continued his stellar play gaining 149 yards on 15 carries.

Harrison Kidd enjoyed a breakout game and scored his second touchdown of the season to go along with 6 catches for 153 yards.  Defensive stalwart Brian Shaw also continued his dominant play contributing six tackles and an interception.

Coming into the pivotal Rio Hondo game, Chadwick hoped to beat the top-ranked school and use the momentum to propel themselves to a Prep League championship.

The Dolphins jumped out to a 12-0 lead, with a strong passing game and disciplined defense.  However, the complexion of the game was permanently altered when Rio Hondo scored on a 63-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter.

After an injury to senior Harrison Kidd in the first half, the team had trouble completing passes and became dependent on Iregbulem running the ball.

The Rio Hondo Kares quickly adjusted and were able to shut down the offense, which was using a small repertoire of plays.

Chadwick regained some momentum at the end of the first half when junior Kyle Ulman hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Trumbull.

Just as quickly, Rio Hondo took the momentum back when they scored on a 60-yard touchdown on the very next play.

Rio Hondo scored 27 straight points, Chadwick couldn’t respond, and Rio Hondo went on to win the game 52-24.  The loss ended the varsity squad’s winning streak at six games, reducing their possibility to win a league championship.

The team has to win the last game of the season against Pasadena Poly in order to position themselves for a strong run in the CIF playoffs.

Senior captain Ben Krauss offered his perspective after the loss, “We we’re in the same spot last year regarding our loss to Rio. The only difference now is we have a whole team that has experienced what it takes to fight our way through CIF. I’m not worried.”