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Chaffee football team falls to unbeaten Portageville
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- The Chaffee football team could not have gotten off to a worse start.
The first offensive play of Friday night's game resulted in a low snap that bounced past sophomore quarterback Peyton Montgomery.
Visiting Portageville recovered at the Red Devils' 24-yard line and went on to score a touchdown just 1 minute, 55 seconds into the contest.
"We kind of gave them one early and dug ourselves a hole," Chaffee coach Charlie Vickery said.
Chaffee, despite an effort that made Vickery proud, could not overcome the early deficit.
Portageville posted a 21-6 victory, giving the Bulldogs their first 4-0 start since 2002. They won just two games last year.
"It's exciting," said running back Daniel Allen, who rushed for 161 yards and scored two touchdowns. "Portageville is really bumping. The fans are excited. It's cool."
The Red Devils fell to 1-3 with their third consecutive loss.
Vickery might have been able to fault his players' execution but not their heart. The Red Devils held Portageville off the board during a second half that featured no points by either squad.
"Our kids are playing extremely hard," Vickery said. "We've only got two seniors, and we're going to keep getting better."
Offensive problems continued to plague Chaffee, which has scored just 22 points combined in its last three games after putting up 36 in a season-opening win over Grandview.
The Red Devils managed only 174 yards of total offense Friday.
It didn't help that one of their top offensive weapons, junior receiver Layton Tenkhoff, missed the game with an injury.
Another top offensive threat, junior running back Charlie Montgomery, missed much of the second half after being banged up. He hasn't been healthy all year.
"I'm proud of our defense. They did everything they could," Peyton Montgomery said. "We just couldn't convert."
Portageville built a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter. The Bulldogs needed to drive just 39 yards after Chaffee was backed up and had to punt.
Senior running back Dominique Walker broke several tackles on his way to a 34-yard touchdown with 1 minute, 35 seconds left in the period.
But the Red Devils refused to let Portageville run away with the victory and had plenty of chances to make things interesting.
"We showed good heart. We stuck with them," junior receiver and linebacker Devon Yahn said.
Chaffee recovered a fumble at the Portageville 30-yard line early in the second quarter and took advantage.
Peyton Montgomery scored on a 2-yard run with 6:31 remaining before halftime.
The Red Devils lined up to kick the extra point but decided to go for two after Portageville jumped offside. A pass fell incomplete.
Portageville answered right back with a 58-yard drive. Allen's 6-yard run with 3:07 left in the half -- he had scored from 3 yards out earlier -- made it 21-6.
Chaffee then put together its best drive of the night, moving from its 33-yard line to inside the Portageville 5 in the closing seconds.
Peyton Montgomery, on second-and-goal from the 4, was stopped just short of the end zone as time expired.
"I thought we had about 20 seconds left, but we only had about five seconds left," Montgomery said. "I should have spiked it. ... I got close."
Vickery blamed himself for having no timeouts left.
"It was my fault," he said. "I should have saved a timeout."
The Red Devils, down 21-6 at halftime, had plenty of chances to put heat on the Bulldogs in the second half.
Chaffee's first three possessions of the final half reached Portageville territory before stalling.
"We had some opportunities," Yahn said.
Portageville's second and final turnover of the night gave Chaffee one more chance to make it a game.
Senior defensive back Cody Johnson pounced on an incomplete pass that was ruled a lateral, setting Chaffee up at the Bulldogs' 33-yard line with about nine minutes left in the contest.
The Red Devils picked up one first down before the drive ended at the 19 on a fourth-down incompletion.
"If we could have snuck one in, it could have put some pressure on them," Vickery said.
Allen accounted for the bulk of Portageville's 280 total yards with a workhorse performance that saw him carry the ball 31 times.
"I do what I have to do to help the team win," Allen said. "We didn't play that well today, but we played good enough to win. That's always good."
Portageville coach Jeff Bullock said the Bulldogs normally spread their carries among several running backs, but injury issues forced Allen to shoulder the bulk of the load.
"Daniel probably doesn't get the credit he deserves," Bullock said.
Bullock credited the Red Devils for playing harder than the Bulldogs much of the night.
"They outplayed us. We were just fortunate," he said. "I'm tickled to be 4-0, but we've got a long way to go."
Peyton Montgomery completed 9 of 21 passes for 115 yards and led Chaffee rushers with 50 yards on 14 carries.
Yahn caught four passes for 75 yards. Junior Jimmy Golden added four receptions for 32 yards.
Chaffee returns to action Friday at rival Scott City.
P -- Daniel Allen 3 run (Hunter Cook kick), 10:05
P -- Dominique Walker 34 run (Cook kick), 1:35
C -- Peyton Montgomery 2 run (pass failed), 6:31
P -- Allen 6 run (Cook kick), 3:07
RUSHING -- Portageville, Allen 31-161, Walker 7-84, Deon Foster 2-21, Bryce Wallace 6-minus 5, Landon Deslisle 1-minus 1, team 4-minus 20. Chaffee, Peyton Montgomery 14-50, Charlie Montgomery 10-22, Jimmy Golden 1-2, Devon Yahn 1-2, Thomas Robbins 3-1, team 1-minus 18.
PASSING -- Portageville, Wallace 5-8-0-40. Chaffee, Peyton Montgomery 9-21-0-115.
RECEIVING -- Portageville, Cook 2-21, Walker 1-15, Foster 1-9, Allen 1-minus 5. Chaffee, Yahn 4-75, Golden 4-32, Robbins 1-8.