TAMPA — Chamberlain (2-7, 1-3) capitalized on turnovers but still came up short 27-20 at home against Gaither.
Shug Oyegunle had two touchdowns in the first quarter. On Gaither's first offensive play, Oyegunle dashed 55 yards for his first touchdown. The game continued to tilt in favor of the Cowboys (6-2, 4-0) before Xavier Johnson found a crease to run for a 79-yard touchdown, cutting the Cowboys' lead in half following Oyegunle's two scores.
Early missteps foreshadowed Gaither's second-half troubles. The first play out of the locker room, the Cowboys fumbled a snap, giving the Chiefs the ball in the red zone. They capitalized three plays later for a touchdown. Chamberlain stayed aggressive, going for a fake punt on fourth and 10 midfield with six minutes remaining in the game.
Down by a score, Chamberlain had two final drives to tie. The first was ended by an interception. The Cowboys' continuous pressure proved too much for the Chiefs, causing a turnover on downs to end the game.
Bobby Winsler, Times correspondent