CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham football coach Dan Czepiga dubbed his team the "Road Warriors" this season, with all three of the team's wins coming away from Cougar Field in 2019.
Chatham (3-6) will try to close out its season with its third straight road win, 7 p.m. Wednesday when it travels to meet Mendham (2-6) in an NJSIAA Regional Crossover game.
It is a rematch of a regional crossover game Chatham played at Mendham last season, which the Minutemen won, 37-27.
In winning its second straight Friday night at Hanover Park, 38-35, Chatham received another standout performance from senior Peter Schelling, who collected 286 all-purpose yards and three TDs and also threw for a touchdown.
Schelling gained 117 rushing yards (6.5 yards per carry), and returned four kickoffs for 148 yards, including a 90-yard kickoff return for a TD. He also threw the first touchdown pass of his career, a 4-yard strike to senior Jack Powers. In addition to his two rushing touchdowns, Schelling contributed seven tackles as a two-way player on defense.
Senior quarterback Ryan Coughlin made his second straight start for the Cougars against Hanover Park and completed 10 of 23 passes for 222 yards and touchdown, a 69-yard TD throw to Powers with 4:45 left in the fourth quarter. He also rushed 11 times for 40 yards, which included a burst for a key Chatham first down that helped the Cougars run out the clock. He ended with 262 total yards of offense.
The previous week at Hackettstown, Coughlin had completed 7-of-8 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior wide receiver Powers made three catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns for Chatham in the win at Hanover Park.
Chatham's linebacker corps of Owen Walewander, Jack Kuppenheimer and Ryan McArthur had big games vs. Hanover Park. Walewander, a sophomore, was credited with 12 tackles and a fumble recovery; junior Kuppenheimer, the leading tackler on the team, was credited with 15 tackles and McArthur had nine tackles, including a sack and two tackles for losses.