Big second-half rally propels Chargers past rival Cardinals

ANNANDALE – It was a tale of two halves when the top-ranked team in Class AAA, the DC Chargers, traveled to the #5 team in Annandale.

The Cardinals had a solid game plan to start the game, as they took a 14-3 lead into halftime. And, truth be told, it could have been worse.

However, DC regrouped and dominated the second half, scoring 25 unanswered points in a 28-14 victory.

The ‘D’ staff should be commended for the changes they made at the break, as the Cardinals were stymied at every turn in the second half.

Offensively, running back Tate Link continued his stellar season, rushing 24 times for 167 yards and a touchdown.

A big story from this game was the play of DC quarterback Caleb Thinesen, and his receivers. Usually with the DC wishbone offense, passing is fairly limited; however, against Annandale, Thinesen was called into throwing action in several key situations, and he delivered.

He hit Jackson Schrupp for a 39-yard completion in the first half, and hit Broden Lang twice for 53 yards.

No play was more important than on a 4th-and-6th late in the fourth quarter, where Thinesen lofted a perfect ball that Lang hauled in for a 29-yard score, effectively putting the game out of reach for the Cardinals.

Kicker Toby Colline must also be commended. DC did not even attempt a field goal last season, and had not done so through the first two games of this season.

At Annandale, Colline knocked through two field goals of 30 and 31 yards, and was perfect on his extra points.

Check out Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch for a full recap.

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