Chattanooga Christian freshman Justin Wheeler sealed the Chargers 20-13 season opening win Friday night scampering 26 yard for a touchdown after intercepting Grace's Isaac Spencer's pass with 49 seconds left in the game.
Grace opened the game with back to back scores. James Rowell finished off a sustained drive by Grace with 6:04 left in the first quarter, scoring on a 12 yard run.
On the first play of the second quarter, Issac Spencer hit James Rowell for a 21 yard touchdown. The PAT was no good.
CCS answered with a five yard run by D.J. Toney with 1:36 left in the half. Lightning would delay the game for 45 minutes.
The teams come out to complete the final 1:36 of the first half and the Chargers' Zach Mercer found Jon Farlett in the end zone for a 11 yard touchdown. The PAT by Will Patton gave CCS a 1 point lead.
Both teams struggled to move the ball in the third and fourth. With :49 seconds left in the game, Justin Wheeler came up with the ball after Isaac Spencer's pass was tipped. Wheeler ran the ball back for a 26 yard touchdown.
Grace turned the ball over on downs in the final seconds and CCS was able to take a knee to end the game.
Grace was led by James Rowell with 113 yards on 16 carries. Will Slack had 91 yards on 25 carries. Isaac Spencer was 3-11 for 40 yards and one interception.
CCS was led by D.J. Toney who rushed for 85 yards on 20 carries. CCS had 135 yards passing with Jared Miller contributing 82 on 8 of 12 passes. Zach Mercer had 53 yards on 4 of 12 passes.
Clark Marshell had three catches for 66 yards and Jon Farlett had three catches for 33 yards.
CCS will host Lookout Valley next week. Grace will host Grundy County.
Grace 6..7..0..0 - 13
CCS 0..14..0..6 - 20
7-0 Grace James Rowell 12 yard run (Josh Leamon kick good)
13-0 Grace Isaac Spencer 21 yard pass to James Rowell (kick failed)
13-7 CCS D.J. Toney 5 yard run (Will Patton kick good)
14-13 CCS Zach Mercer 11 yard pass to Jon Farlett (Will Patton kick good)
20-13 Justin Wheeler 26 yard interception return (kick failed)