Not this year
Halfway through the fourth quarter it didn’t look good for the Chase Trojans as Shelby looked as if they we’re en route to another blowout of a Rutherford County team, but Chase roared back from a 19-0 deficit and went into the fourth quarter trailing by just two points, 22-20.
Unfortunately for Chase, Shelby finished the game how they started and handed the Trojans yet another loss in the fabled match-up, 34-20.
“Spotting a team like Shelby 19 points, it’s hard to recover,” Chase head coach Daniel Bailey said. “But our guys fought back … we competed every play tonight and took a big step as a team even though we lost.”
Chase (2-2, 0-2 SMAC) fell in an early hole as Shelby (3-2, 2-0 SMAC) rattled off two big scores in the first seven minutes of the game.
The firs,t a 29-yard touchdown run by Raekwon Washington and the other a 72-yard scoring strike from RJ George to Washington on the first play of their next drive.
Chase quarterback Tyrell Boykins was picked off by Shelby’s Demerrio Houston on the ensuing drive and the Golden Lions made Chase pay with a 15-yard touchdown pass from George to Antwan Wright. Shelby kicker Luke Hayek converted just one of his first three PAT attempts as Shelby led 19-0 with 4:31 left in the first quarter.
“I thought at that point is if we didn’t respond it would be a long night for us,” Bailey said.
Boykins made amends on the next Chase possession finding Josh Wright sneaking out of the back field for a 32-yard pass and catch to the left side. The extra point was wide but the score cut the Shelby lead to 19-6 with 14 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Shelby managed to put the ball in the endzone again before the end of the first, but a holding call erased a 57-yard strike and Chases Jordan O’Rourke intercepted George on an untimed down to end the quarter.
After the team switched sides, Chase chipped away at the Shelby lead again.
This time, a Boykins pass down the sidelines bounced of the hands of his receiver, Kevin Hopps, but landed in O’Rourke’s mitts and he raced 43 yards for a score. After the kick, Chase trailed 19-13.
“Once we established some rhythm on offense we were able to hit some passes,” Bailey said. “It opened the field up for us and made a big difference.”
The rest of the half was fairly quiet as the teams traded punts and the penalty bug started to bit Shelby.
Shelby’s final drive of the half stalled at the Chase 28, but Hayek booted a 45-yard field goal between the uprights with 26 seconds left as Shelby took a 22-13 advantage into the break.
Both teams traded punts to start the second half but the Trojans orchestrated a long, methodical drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown run from Boykins. The kick put Chase within two points, 22-20, with 1:02 left in the third quarter.
Shelby continued to run the ball in the second half despite Washington sidelined with an injury suffered in the third quarter.
The Golden Lions regained a two-possession lead on a 21-yard run by Jaquavis Brooks with 10 minutes left in the game.
“I told the guys to just get back to what they were doing before,” Shelby head coach Lance Ware said.
Despite being down 29-20, the Trojan offense showed little urgency and chewed nearly six minutes off the clock without crossing midfield. They eventually turned the ball over on downs after failing to execute a fake punt with O’Rouke.
“The option offense is one where you establish a rhythm and hope to break a long one but we never could break that long run,” Bailey said. “We felt is we could hit two long ones we could score, maybe get an onside kick and win it there at the end.”
Shelby added another three points on 35-yard Hayek field goal and closed out the 32-20 win.
Chase will look to stop their skid next week on the road at Draughn.
“We’re not one of those teams looking for moral victories, we’re past that,” Bailey said. “Hopefully we can get back on track next week against a good Draughn team.”
Shelby 32, Chase 20
Shelby^19^3^0^10 - 32
Chase^6^7^7^0 - 20
SHS – Raekwon Washington 29 run. (kick failed) 9:08
SHS – Washington 72 pass from RJ George. (kick failed) 5:53
SHS – Antwan Wright 15 pass from George. (Luke Hayek kick) 4:31
Chase – Josh Wright 32 pass from Tyrell Boykins. (kick failed) 0:14
Chase – Jordan O’Rourke 43 pass from Boykins. (Omar Jimenez kick) 8:58
SHS – Hayek 43 field goal. 0:26
Chase – Boykins 2 run. (Jimenez kick) 1:02
SHS – Jaquavis Brook 21 run. (Hayek kick) 9:57
SHS – Hayek 35 field goal. 1:52 Team statistics ^SHS^Chase First downs^11^12 Rushes-yards^26-177^42-180 Passing yards^222^83 Total yards^399^263 Comp-Att-Int^13-18-1^4-11-1 Fumbles-lost^1-0^3-0 Penalties-yards^8-101^4-30
RUSHING— Shelby, Brooks 10-114, Washington 10-68, George 6-(-10). Chase,Wright 16-77, Boykins 11-62, D’Andre Kelly 8-32, O’Rouke 6-16, Malik Young 1-(-7).
PASSING— Shelby, George 13-18-1-222-1. Chase, Boykins 4-11-1-83-2.
RECEIVING— Shelby, Washington 2-81, Jolly 4-75, Wright 3-40, Kylon Ross 2-11. Chase, O’Rourke 3-51, Wright 1-32.