Altavista's Makel Stone (6) returns a kickoff for a touchdown.

The Altavista Colonels hosted Chatham on the gridiron last Friday night, falling to the Cavaliers 23-15 in Dogwood District action. Altavista celebrated and honored players pregame on a chilly & clear fall Senior Night. They needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Chatham would race out to an early 9-0 lead thanks in part to a 20-yard field goal by Victor Hernandez and a 52-yard TD pass by quarterback Mason Anderson (109 yards passing, 66 rushing) to Jaden Breedlove. Anderson capped off the next drive with a 1-yard TD plunge to stretch the lead to 15-0. Late in the second quarter, the Colonels got on the board as Jordan Pippin snuck into the endzone from one yard out on fourth & goal to make the score 15-7. The Cavaliers answered quickly in the waning seconds of the second quarter as Anderson tossed his second TD pass of the game, this time to receiver Kendell Sanders to put Chatham ahead 23-7 at the half.


The Colonels would start the second half with a bang as senior kick returner Makel Stone took the opening kickoff 86 yards to the house, his third return for a TD this season. Fellow senior Marquel Dawkins (team-high 74 yards rushing) ran in a two point conversion afterwards to pull the Colonels within one score, 23-15. Dawkins had another big play soon after, this time on special teams as he blocked a Chatham field goal attempt to close out the third quarter. The Colonels began the final quarter by fumbling the ball during a promising drive, their fifth turnover of the game. Chatham then looked to chew up some clock and put the game away. The Colonels’ defense did not give in, as they came up with a huge goal line stand, stopping Mason Anderson at the 1-yard line and giving the Colonels’ offense one last chance. With 99 yards to go to tie the game, just over a minute remaining and no timeouts left, the Colonels comeback attempt was halted when Altavista quarterback Jordan Pippin’s pass was intercepted by Chatham’s David Hubbard to seal the victory for the Cavaliers (4-6) and end Altavista’s (3-7) season.