FORT MILL — It took nearly four years for the Nation Ford Falcons to win their first region game, but only three games into the 2011 region schedule to pick up a second, as the Falcons held on for a 13-12 win over Chester High School.
Chester missed a 35-yard field goal with 5.6 seconds left.
The game could have huge playoff implications, as it boosts the Falcons in the Region 4-AAA standings.
"Now we are moving forward," said head coach Michael Allen. "We are in a heck of a position. We are where we want to be. We will take it any way we can get it. I am very proud of the kids."
Defense dominated the game for both Chester and Nation Ford, as each squad held the other in check for the majority of the game.
Nation Ford was able to take a small lead in the final period as junior Daniel Jackson scored his second touchdown of the game after a 12-play drive. The Falcons were aided by a roughing the passer penalty on the drive that put them at the Chester 12.
Jackson rushed for 132 yards on 28 carries to lead Nation Ford.
The Cyclones took their first lead of the game in the third quarter, as backup quarterback Jamarcus Moore scored after an eight-play drive in which he put together runs of 13 and 15 yards to pick up two crucial first downs. Chester was also aided by a 22-yard run from K.J. Dixon to set up the score.
Chester starting quarterback freshman Tommy Sanders didn't come back in the second half until late after getting banged up before the half.
NATION FORD 13, CHESTER 12
NF - Daniel Jackson 10-yard run (Corey Condron kick)
C - K.J. Dixon five-yard run (kick blocked)
C - Jamarcus Moore two-yard run (kick failed)
NF - Jackson three-yard run (2-point conversion failed)
Rushes - yards
Comp. - Att. - Int.
Fumbles - lost
Penalties - yards
Rushing - Chester: Derrell Rambert 10-81, K.J. Dixon 12-75, Quan Caldwell 1-(-4), Adrian Buchanan 1-1, Tommy Sanders 12-22, Lorenzo White 1-6, Jamarcus Moore 10-65.
Nation Ford: Daniel Jackson 28-132, Cameron Wells 8-20, Brandon Sturdivant 1-11, Andrew Barr 4-14.
Passing - Chester: Tommy Sanders 4-8-0 71, Jamarcus Moore 1-2-0 9.
Nation Ford: Cameron Wells 8-17-0 60, Dalton Helms 0-1-0 0.
Receiving - Chester: Quan Caldwell 2-21, Latrone Tolliver 1-3, Emery Fredrick 1-47, Derrell Rambert 1-9. Nation Ford: J.J. McCullough 6-51, Dijuan Ussery 2-9.
Records: Chester 5-3, 1-2 Region IV-AAA, Nation Ford 5-3, 2-1 Region IV-AAA.