Each week, it seems the Spotsylvania High School football team is rewriting history.

On Oct. 12, the Knights earned their first victory over James Monroe since 2000. They followed that win with their first triumph over King George in a decade.

On Thursday, the Knights earned their first four-game winning streak since 1999 with a 43–27 Battlefield District victory over Chancellor.

The win cements Spotsylvania’s first winning season since 2002 and it gives the Knights just their second win over a county opponent in the past 16 years.

“It’s crazy,” senior quarterback Trevor Croson said. “I’ve been walking around our stands since I was a baby. I’ve seen it all. I’ve seen the good times and I’ve seen the bad. We’re living in the good right now. It’s unreal.”

The Knights (6–3, 4–1 Battlefield) should take over the top spot in the Region 3B standings when the Virginia High School League power points are released next week after Culpeper fell to Riverside Thursday night.

Chancellor (4–6, 3–3) likely sees its season come to an end.

The Chargers couldn’t get the defensive stop they needed after Spotsylvania took a 22-13 lead into intermission.

Both teams racked up plenty of rushing yards. The Knights amassed 373 while Chancellor collected 362.

The difference in the game may have been two critical pass plays by Croson. He connected with Tysean Tyler for a 28-yard hookup that led to Isaiah Ramadane’s 4-yard touchdown run and a 29-19 third-quarter lead.

Croson also found an outstretched Daquan Carter for a pivotal 35-yard pass play on third and 10 early in the fourth quarter. The connection set up Ty-Shaun Colbert’s 18-yard touchdown run to give the Knights a 36–27 lead with 10:39 to play.

The Knights have been working on adding a passing element to their single-wing attack.

“When you can pound it down somebody’s throat and then hit them with an air game, it’s hard to cover,” Croson said. “Luckily we have the talent to be able to do that and it hurts teams sometimes.”

Croson finished the game with 146 rushing yards and 83 yards through the air. Colbert added 137 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Tyler contributed 103 total yards, including a 17-yard rushing score.

Croson sealed the victory with a 42-yard touchdown run with 6:38 to play to provide the final margin. Spotsylvania head coach Jeremy Jack said the Knights’ offensive linemen were calling for the play to break open the game.

“The linemen came over and said, ‘Call 88-blast. We’ve got this one,’ ” Jack said. “We came out and listened to the line and they came through. So kudos to them.”

The Chargers were paced by junior running back Kim Carruthers’ 182 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore fullback Krisshaun Scott added 112 rushing yards and a score.

But Chancellor coach Jeff Glessner said his team was undone by poor defense and two missed extra points.

The Chargers’ triple-option offense has rolled up yards and points all year, so Glessner said defense will get the bulk of the off-season focus.

“I really liked what we did offensively,” Glessner said. “But defensively, we just had a tough time stopping them in the second half.”

The Chargers will be turning in their equipment soon, but the Knights are gearing up for another big Battlefield contest. They close the regular season with a home game against Courtland next week. They’ll look to make more history as they haven’t defeated the Cougars since a 13-0 win in 2002.

“We’ve got to do the same thing—pound it, ground and get the dub [win],” Tyler said. “7–3 sounds great.”

Spotsylvania     7   157   1443
Chancellor   76   140   —   27

First Quarter

Ch—Kim Carruthers 28 run (Bryan Rivas kick).

Sp—Tysean Tyler 17 run (Dylan Powers kick).

Second Quarter

Ch—Krisshaun Scott 18 run (kick failed).

Sp—Ty-Shaun Colbert 9 run (Powers kick).

Sp—Trevor Croson 17 run (Colbert run).

Third Quarter

Ch—Carruthers 16 run (kick failed).

Sp—Isaiah Ramadane 4 run (Powers kick).

Ch—Carruthers 74 run (Scott run).

Fourth Quarter

Sp—Colbert 18 run (Powers kick).

Sp—Croson 42 run (Powers kick).

 SpCh
First Downs2016
Rushes-yards    47-373   47-362
Passing yards836
Comp-Att-Int5-8-01-5-1
Punts-Avg.2-30.51-35.0
Fumbles-lost1-12-1
Penalties-yards      6-3710-75

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Spotsylvania—Trevor Croson 10-146, TD; Ty-Shaun Colbert 20-137, 2 TDs; Tysean Tyler 9-63, TD; Isaiah Ramadane 5-20, TD; DeAnthony Pendleton 3-7. Chancellor—Kim Carruthers 18-182, 3 TDs; Krisshaun Scott 16-112, TD; Trevin Edwards 12-71; Grant Amos 1-(-3).

PASSING: Spotsylvania—Croson 5-7-0, 83 yards; Tyler 0-1-0. Chancellor—Edwards 1-5-1, 6 yards.

RECEIVING: Spotsylvania—Tyler 3-43; Daquan Carter 1-35; Jake Naccarato 1-5. Chancellor—Jordan Romyn 1-6.

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