CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There was another gutsy second-half comeback Friday evening at Herbert Hoover's Joe Cowley Field. Unfortunately for the Huskies, this comeback won't be as memorable.
After rallying in the second half in a season-opening win last week, Hoover watched helplessly as Chapmanville's Paul Workman plunged into the end zone from 1 yard out and just 1:57 to play, to help propel the Tigers to a 24-18 win.
The win improved Chapmanville to 1-1, while Hoover dropped to 1-1.
"We showed a lot of heart," said Chapmanville coach George Barker. "It was a great game and a great effort by our kids the whole game. We did what we needed to do to win. We were just able to make some plays in the fourth quarter."
For Hoover, the key was the team's inability to hold onto the football in the second half.
Hoover held a 12-8 halftime lead thanks to a pair of touchdown runs by quarterback Tyler Americo. Americo, who finished with 94 yards on 11 carries, scored on first-half touchdown runs of 34 and 29 yards.
The Huskies extended the lead to 18-8 on their first possession of the second half, when Americo connected with Brenden Holbrook on a 31-yard scoring strike with 8:48 left in the third.
But Chapmanville answered that score with a six-play, 65 yard scoring drive, capped by a 31-yard TD pass from Alex Berry to Brady Cox that trimmed the Huskies' lead to 18-16.
That's when things began to unravel for the Huskies.