Big plays highlight Trojan comeback
Teams often preach ball control, and that’s all good an well, but few things can impact a game as much or as quickly as a big play. Chase got a handful of those big plays Friday night against Newton Conover as they scored the final 18 points of the game in a 38-34 road win.
“The kids never gave up and that ended up being the difference,” Chase head coach Daniel Bailey said. “Being down two scores to a team like Newton Conover is hard. These kids kept trying to make good things happen and it ended up paying off.”
Josh Wright’s second touchdown run of the night cut the Red Devil lead to eight points and then with 5:09 left in the game Jordan O’Rourke took a punt 77 yards to the endzone and put Chase within two points.
“The return team really set up the wall well and made some key blocks,” Bailey said.
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“Jordan did a great job reading the blocks and really made a great play. That’s what really sparked our kids and got us back in the ball game. I don’t think our heads were down but that gave us a real confidence boost and kept us believing and propelled us forward.”
The return was O’Rourke’s second big score of the night after taking a pitch 59 yards for a touchdown earlier in the game.
D’Andre Kelly, who scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter had a 59-yard touchdown run of his own on the second play of the night for Chase.
“D’Andre is a special player,” Bailey said of his sophomore tailback. “We knew last year as a freshman that he had great lateral movement and vision. He has a low center of gravity but really sees the field well.”
Wright’s first touchdown was no small eat either as he scampered 36 yards for the score.
“We feel that we have two running backs that can make those big plays,” Bailey said.
So if you lost count, the Trojans had scoring plays of 36, 59, 59 and 77 yards.
“We knew we had the kids capable of making the big plays,” Bailey said. “I feel like we’re always able to score on a big play. With this arsenal we always have a chance to stay in the ball game.”
Big plays don’t always turn into wins, but this particular night the home run plays gave the Trojans a big road win.
“That’s the type of game we need to be in. We need to feel like we can come back from a deficit,” Bailey said. “It gives us the confidence to know that we can play well on the road.”
The Trojans have this Friday off as they prepare to host Bandys next Friday.