By Rob Calhoun

Charleston saw its comeback attempt fall short on a cold Homecoming night against a team coached by a Trojan alum, losing to Mahomet-Seymour, 20-12, in a conference football game. 

The Bulldogs are coached by Jon Adkins, a CHS grad and former quarterback.

Mahomet-Seymour jumped out to an early lead it would not surrender, scoring on a fourth-and-15 play when back-up quarterback Nolan Nierenhausen threw a 20-yard pass to Zach Travis less than five minutes into the first quarter to make it 7-0.  Mahomet-Seymour was working with a short field after a 37-yard kickoff return by Clay Hubble put the ball on the Charleston 49.

Charleston struck back early in the second quarter.  Braydon Doyle scored on a 43-yard run down the right sideline to make the score 7-6.  On the extra point, Connor Woodley missed the kick and was injured on the play.  He was able to kick off but was not able to continue.

The Bulldogs scored late in the half on a 7-yard pass from Braden Finch to Cole Hubble.  It was Hubble’s first touchdown of the year. 

Charleston tried to strike back before the half after a kickoff return of 40 yards by Cory Spour, setting the Trojans up in Bulldogs territory at the 46-yard line.  Charleston moved to the 13-yard line before Nick Cheney threw a pass intended for Brayden Rennels in the end zone.  Cheney was then sacked to end the half.

Both teams had time-consuming drives to start the third quarter.  Charleston moved the ball to the Mahomet-Seymour 8-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.  The Bulldogs pushed the ball close to midfield before punting.

After the Trojans went three-and-out on the next possession, Mahomet-Seymour only needed two plays to score.  A 48-yard run by Finch to begin the fourth quarter gave the Bulldogs a 20-6 lead.

The teams would exchange punts before Charleston struck back.  Spour scored on a 3-yard pass from Cheney to make it 20-12.  Without a kicker, the Trojans attempted to go for two points, but the pass fell incomplete.

Mahomet-Seymour then moved the ball to the Charleston 14-yard-line, where an illegal procedure penalty forced the Bulldogs to go for a 37 yard field goal that fell short.

The Trojans took over with 2:42 left in the game.  Charleston moved the ball to the Bulldogs’ 49-yard-line before a sack and fumble ended the game.

Charleston and Mahomet-Seymour are both now 2-5 overall, 1-4 in the conference.  The Trojans will play Taylorville at home on Friday.

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17:27M-STravis 20 pass from Nierenhausen. Thomas PAT.7-0
211:02CHSDoyle 43 run. PAT missed.7-6
21:01M-SHubble 7 pass from Finch. Thomas PAT.14-6
411:49M-SFinch 47 run. PAT missed.20-6
47:09CHSSpour 3 pass from Cheney. 2-point failed.20-12


Charleston: Brayden Doyle 13-107 1 TD; Cory Spour 4-20; Jack Nelson 2-0; Nick Cheney 7-(-33)  Mahomet-Seymour: Braden Finch 19-116 1 TD; Clay Hubble 30-82; Nolan Nierenhausen 2-11; Mitchell Gallier 1-1; Cole Hubble 1-(-3)


Charleston: Nick Cheney 16-30 189 1 TD; Jack Nelson 3-3 22 Mahomet-Seymour: Braden Finch 8-13 104 1 TD; Nolan Nierenhausen 1-4 20 1 TD


Charleston: Sam Schuette 6-94; Brayden Dole 5-34; Jordan Socarras 3-31; Corey Spour 4-21 1 TD; Brayden Rennels 3-31 Mahomet-Seymour: Cole Hubble 3-62 1 TD; Zach Travis 2-25 1 TD; Clay Hubble 1-22; Jack Koller 2-10; Mitchell Gallier 1-5