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Special Photo/Warren J. Buchanan S. Chapel Hill coach Justin DeShon gets a hug from an assistant following the Panthers' 35-32 win at Sandy Creek.

TYRONE - K.J. Burton accounted for four touchdowns in Chapel Hill’s 35-32 win at Sandy Creek in a Region 5-AAAA contest.

It was the Panthers first win over Sandy Creek in six meetings.

“This will was real special,” Chapel Hill junior linebacker Cameron McClain said. “We have been working real hard for this win. We have gotten a lot better as a team.”

Burton had two rushing two touchdowns and completed a pair of throwing scores to senior slotback Tyre Shelton. Senior defensive end Tre Reeves scored the other touchdown on a fumble recovery.

With the win, Chapel Hill improves to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the region heading into Friday’s game against Central at home. The Patriots dropped to 3-3 and 0-2 in the region.

Sandy Creek was coming off a 71-16 loss to Troup, which is the worst defeat in school history. The Patriots haven’t missed the postseason since the 2001 season.

The 2001 season is also the last time the team has lost three games in a row.

Sandy Creek’s other two losses came against ranked teams.

“This was a big game, a real big game,” Chapel Hill junior defensive back Miles Richardson said. “Coming off a bye week, we needed a big road win. It was great being a part of making history at the school. This game will really give us confidence the rest of the season. We know it is not going to be easy the rest of the way.”

The Panthers still have to face top-ranked Cartersville and Cedartown. Last season, the Panthers finished in the fourth place spot to qualify for the postseason. The top two seeds get to host a first round playoff game.

Chapel Hill led 35-17 going into the fourth quarterback before Sandy Creek started a comeback attempt. The Patriots pulled 35-32 with 4:14 remaining in the contest.

Chapel Hill offense and defense stepped up in the last four minutes of the game to seal the win.

“After the Troup loss, we had a chip on our shoulders,” said Richardson, who had an interception in the game. “It was definitely a total team effort for us.”

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