After taking its first win in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference last weekend, the Chapman football team lost 31-13 at the University of Redlands Saturday, Oct. 15.
The Panthers (2-3, 1-2) stayed within seven points of Redlands throughout the first half, but only managed to put up one field goal in the entire second half, as Redlands (4-1, 3-0) extended its lead.
Going into the game, head coach Bob Owens said the game would likely be decided by whoever made the least mistakes.
“For us, in sports, the most important thing as a team is you’ve got to continue getting better within your own ranks and when you look at this game coming up, it’s going to be a game of less mistakes,” Owens said. “And the team that makes the least mistakes, in my opinion, will win the game.”
Despite Owens’ prediction, neither team turned the ball over, marking the first time this season that Chapman has gone without committing a turnover. The biggest problem for Chapman in Saturday’s game was generating offense, especially in the second half.
Redlands averaged 6.9 yards per play in the game, more than double the 3.3 yards per play averaged by the Panthers. Redlands also more than doubled Chapman offensive yardage totals, racking up 420 yards compared to Chapman’s 209.
The Panthers opened up the scoring in the game, starting with a field goal from junior kicker Lucas Alfonso in the first quarter. But less than three minutes later, Redlands responded with its first touchdown of the game, a four-yard pass from junior quarterback Mitch Kidd to junior wide receiver Kyle Kabeary.
Owens said before the game that it would be a largely physical game.
“Our goal is just to go out and play hard,” Owens said. “We know it’s going to be a very difficult game. We know it’s always going to be difficult when we play Redlands. They are a tough and physical football team. We’re tough and we see ourselves as a tough and physical football team, so we just think it’s going to be an old-fashioned football game.”
These difficulties were evident in the second half. After both Chapman and Redlands scored touchdowns in the second quarter, Chapman came out in the third quarter and put a field goal on the board, closing the gap to 14-13 in favor of Redlands.
It would be Chapman’s final points of the game. Redlands proceeded to put up a field goal late in the third quarter and followed it up with a 19-yard run by junior running back Alex Andrighetto.
Just more than three minutes into the fourth quarter, Andrighetto scored again, this time on a 13-yard run, putting Redlands up by the deciding 31-13 margin.
Chapman will look to rebound from the loss next Saturday, Oct. 22, when it returns home to face the University of La Verne (1-4, 1-2) at 7 p.m.
Chloe de Vries contributed to this report.