TAMPA — Xavier Johnson ran for 160 yards and a touchdown and the Chamberlain defense turned dominant in the second half as the Chiefs came from behind to post a 31-16 win against Freedom.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Chamberlain (2-3, 1-1), which picked up its first 7A, District 7 win of the season. Freedom slumped to 2-4 and also 1-1 in league play.
Behind the running of Johnson (26-yard scoring run) and the passing of Ronnie Scott (26-yard TD pass to Jamarcus Russ), Chamberlain built a 14-0 second-quarter lead. But the Chiefs' bid for a blowout win was stalled by an ill-fated fourth-down pass attempt.
The Patriots stopped the Chiefs and took over at the 33-yard line with 6:43 left in the half. Freedom scored two touchdowns and forced a safety to surprisingly grab a 16-14 halftime lead.
But the Chiefs' defense clamped down in the second half.
Chamberlain held Freedom's offense to punts and four downs and out the rest of the game.
Meanwhile, Chamberlain regained the lead on a 35-yard Ronnie Scott touchdown run and never looked back.
Anthony Davis scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to end the scoring and Scott interception a late Freedom pass to close out the game.
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