Little plays win big games.
Chiles senior Bethany Chamberlain made several Thursday night as the Timberwolves’ flag football team welcomed in Godby and new coach Chelsea Parmer.
Chamberlain, Chiles’ running back, ran for two touchdowns, threw for another off a pitch and made two second-half interceptions, leading the Timberwolves to a 20-7 win. Chiles improved to 3-0 with the victory, while Godby lost its first game of the season and must wait a little while longer to stop its 12-year losing streak to Chiles.
“Chelsea Parmer coming over from Leon, we knew they were going to be well-coached,” Timberwolves coach Stan Goldstein said. “They’ve always had good athletes and we knew we’d have their best shot. They’re good and it looks like every game across the district is going to be competitive.”
Godby quarterback Brittany Delva imposed a tough test for Chiles’ defense, and the senior rushed for gains of 22 and 17 yards on the Cougars’ opening drive, setting up a 20-yard strike to Bre Bush for a 7-0 lead.
“Mentally, she did really well tonight and made some good reads throwing the ball,” said Parmer, who starred for Leon when the sport was first formed. “In the running, she’s unbelievable. But it’s not how we’re playing now, it’s how we’re playing in April.”
After the initial scored stunned Chiles, it recovered with an eight-play drive, culminating in Chamberlain’s one-yard toss to senior Syvannah Wood. That play was preceded by a 37-yard completion off a double throw back, which Chamberlain received behind the line of scrimmage from quarterback Sharon Bartholomew, before throwing back to her backfield mate to heave to Rebecca Chesnut.
“We got beat on the double pass, didn’t stay in coverage, and that really was the turning point,” Parmer said. “After that, we couldn’t really get going again. We fought hard to the end, and that’s what we’re trying to do with these girls.”
Chamberlain carried in from a yard out on Chiles’ next possession, then intercepted Delva on consecutive passes in the third quarter. Her seven-yard scamper up the middle off a well-timed pitch from Bartholomew put the game away with 11:21 left in the fourth quarter.
“It’s just instinct for me,” said Chamberlain, who finished with 80 all-purpose yards. “Getting the pitches, I know Sharon really well, we practice all the time. I know her every move and she knows mine, so it works out.”
Bartholomew completed 12 of 18 passes for 138 yards, while Wood caught six passes for 36 yards. Delva finished with 121 yards rushing and another 44 through the air, but after the initial punch, the Cougars could land nothing more, as the Timberwolves’ defense dug in and the offense heated up.
“I think it is just butterflies, because it is still the beginning of the season,” Chamberlain said. “We’re still trying to figure things out. I think once those butterflies go away, we’re 100 percent. We need to get rid of those before, in warm up.”