ASHLAND CITY – The Cheatham Cubs football team hosted East Hickman on Friday and lost 21-20 in a game filled with emotion and drama.
Zach Kessler scored all three touchdowns for the Cubs, who committed several turnovers in the loss.
“Turnovers and missed opportunities is what caused the end result,” Cheatham coach Dwayne Daniel said.
East Hickman took the ball to begin the game but quickly fumbled. The Cheatham offense took the ball and looked to be in charge with an opportunity to score, but a Cub fumble gave the ball back to East Hickman. The Eagles then proceeded to march down the field and get on the board to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Cheatham took the ball on the next possession and had the offense moving well again after big runs by Kessler and Dawson Primm, but another fumble put the drive in jeopardy. After the officials talked it over, the Cubs were able to keep possession of the ball, and Kessler scored his first touchdown of the evening.
East Hickman was able to take the following possession to go up 14-7, which would end up being the halftime score after a turnover by each team stalled the offenses.
Halfway through the third quarter, the Cubs were able to force an East Hickman punt. That allowed for favorable field position around midfield for Cheatham. The Cubs made their way down the field and Kessler was able to find the end zone for his second touchdown on the evening to tie the game at 14.
East Hickman again took the next possession and moved its way down the field, throwing for a touchdown this time. That made the score 21-14.
But Kessler answered again and ran the ball 60 yards for a touchdown to put his team an extra point away from tying the game, but the kick was no good. The score remained 21-20 East Hickman at the end of the third quarter.
East Hickman ran the clock down in the fourth quarter, and both teams punted back and forth. Cheatham had an opportunity for a last-minute drive at their own 35-yard line, but with only 31 seconds and no timeouts remaining, the Cubs weren’t able to get on the board.
The Cubs (1-5) now turn their attention to another challenging opponent. They will travel to Stewart County (5-2) Friday at 7 p.m.