Chelsea coughs up loss at Moody

Chelsea hit the road Friday looking for a much needed win in region play. They didn’t get it.

Receiving the opening kick allowed the Hornets a chance to set the tone for the game, but a fumble from Garrett Salter on the first play from scrimmage, helped swing the opposite momentum in the opposite way, as Chelsea fell, 29-22.

The fumble, the first of seven on the night by the Hornets, resulted in a Moody Blue Devils field goal.

After Moody took advantage of the early fumble, Chelsea marched down the field, and Salter darted to the goal line from 25 yards away to give Chelsea the lead. Blake Yance connected on a 2-point conversion pass to Jake Birdsong to make it 8-3. Salter later found the end zone again with 2:06 to play in the opening quarter to put the Hornets up, 15-3.

Moody didn’t begin to fight back until the final minute of the half, scoring on a 29-yard pass by failing on a 2-point try to enter the half down, 15-9.

The Blue Devils gained the lead, 16-15, early in the second half on a short run and extended it, 23-15, after a bad Hornets’ snap resulted in the second lost fumble of the game. Chelsea fumbled five other times in the game, but managed to maintain possession.

Moody stretched the lead to two touchdowns with 4:39 to play, but Chelsea pushed the ball down field with a 25-yard pass from Yance to Blake Woo to help set up a 35-yard touchdown strike to Zac Hilliard.

Chelsea got the ball back with 2:27 to go, but turned the ball over on downs four plays later, allowing Moody to run the clock out.

Chelsea (0-3, 0-2) travels to Talladega next week, while Moody will visit Briarwood (2-1, 1-1)