Chaney takes City Series finale over Wilson
The Cowboys took advantage of four second half turnovers by the Redmen.
By CHUCK HOUSTEAU
YOUNGSTOWN -- A 5-yard run by Woodrow Wilson High's Jarvis Tabb will be the answer to a trivia question about City Series football one day.
Tabb's run was the last play in the last game of a league that ended play after 79 seasons with Chaney's 29-12 win over Wilson Thursday at Stambaugh Stadium.
Chaney took advantage of four second half turnovers by the Redmen to turn a tight 14-12 third quarter lead into a 17-point decision.
"That's it for the city and our school," said coach Brian Marrow of Wilson, which will close its doors at the end of the school year. "I'm proud of my kids. They played hard for what we have.
"Everyone knows are numbers are down but our kids have heart. They played their hearts out."
Marrow said that he was disappointed for the players and alumni of the school because the team wanted to go out winners.
"I'm sorry we couldn't go out with a win," Marrow said. "But our kids tried. I really felt we had a chance there in the third quarter."
Redmen cut lead
Wilson pulled to within 14-12 after Chaney opened up a 14-6 lead at halftime when Wallace Ross picked up a fumble and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown. The Redmen failed on the two-point conversion run that would have tied the score.
After that it was all Chaney who pulled away and ended with another milestone in their illustrious history.
The Cowboys captured their 400th victory with the win.
"This was really special," said Chaney coach Ron Berdis. "Not only was this the last City game but it was our 400th win which really added luster to this win.
"It's been a frustrating year but our seniors saved their best effort for last. I'm so proud of them."
The Cowboys were sparked by a strong running attack that rolled up 212 yards on the ground by four senior backs.
Quarterback Victor Toney rushed for 68 yards and scored the game's first touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Tailback Torrey Johnson rushed for 64 while Edward Franklin added 47 yards and scored twice on runs of 5 yards and 1 yard.
Senior Terrelle Tomlin also rushed for 33 yards.
Once Wilson pulled to within 14-12, Chaney's defense took over the game and began to wear down the Redmen, who only dressed 22 players.
Final prayer session
There were plenty of emotion following the contest as the two teams huddled in the middle of the field for a prayer and broke the huddle with "1-2-3 Youngstown."
Berdis looked reluctant to leave the field after talking to his team.
"I've been very proud to be a part of this league for so many years," Berdis said with a tear in his eye.
"It's a great way to finish it."