The Van Buren Freshman Academy suffered two turnovers and a stalled-out drive all in the second half as Chaffin was able to escape Jim Rowland Stadium Thursday with a 21-6 River Valley Conference win.
Alma defeated Darby 31-8 and the Mountainburg Dragons held off Hector 24-6.
Chaffin 21, VBFA
With 1:49 left in the game and no time outs, the Pointers (1-5, 0-3 RVC) began their march. After the first two plays stalled, Kyan Rose completed three consecutive passes for a total of 28 yards to get VBFA to the Pointer 48. Two incomplete passes later, Rose was pressed out of the pocket on the third-and-10 and threw a hard pass that was intercepted by Spencer Wehunt, who returned it 50 yards for the final score.
Rose finished the night 9-of-13 passing for 95 yards and he had 11 carries for 93 yards after he began the game with an 80-yard touchdown run to give the Pointers an early 6-0 lead.
Cottrell finished with three receptions for 55 yards and Caleb Christenson added five catches for 40 yards.
Greg Gladden had an interception for Van Buren at the Pointer 10 as he prevented Chaffin from scoring late in the first half.
Van Buren forced Chaffin (3-3, 1-2 RVC) to punt on its opening drive of the second half, but three plays later turned the ball over back to the Cougars. However, that possession had an even shorter life as VBFA recovered a fumble on the ensuing play.
Then the Pointers engineered its longest drive of the night, reaching the Cougar 7 on a 13-yard run by Noah Turman. Chaffin’s defense made three stops for a loss including a sack for a loss of five yard on the fourth-and-five from the Cougar 5.
The biggest play of that drive was a 37-yard pass from Rose to Quinten Cottrell down to the Cougar 18.
Chaffin then tried to add to its 14-6 lead with a 38-yard field goal, but came up short.
The Cougars scored on its first two possessions of the game to take a 14-6 lead.
Kinner Brasher threw a 26-yard pass to unprotected Wehunt for the first score, and Parker Dixon scored on an eight-yard run with 4:39 remaining in the second quarter.
Chuy Panga delivered most of the damage for the night as he rushed 16 times for 109 yards
VBFA hosts Ramsey at Blakemore Field next week.
Alma 31, Darby 6
The Rangers came into Thursday’s contest averaging 21 points per game, but the Airedales held Darby to just six for the win.
Coach JD Coursey said that the defense “played great.”
Quarterback Noah Dotson ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns. Brayden Harris added another eight-yard TD run.
Alma (5-1, 2-1) travels to Kimmons (4-2, 2-1) next week.
Mountainburg 24, Hector 6
“The defense played well,” said Mountainburg coach Mitchell Barton. “This is only the second touchdown the first team has given up all year.”
Quency Pixley was 9-of-13 passing for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Elijah Wilson had touchdown receptions of 50 and 2 yards.
Shawn Hattabaugh created a fumble and returned it for a 47-yard touchdown for the Dragons.
Spencer Faulconer led the defense with 12 tackles and Pixley added 10. Colton Adams came away with three sacks.