Trojans' triple option runs well in win
The Chase Trojans picked up a 14-13 win over North Gaston Friday, and they did it exactly how a triple option team wants to.
They ran the ball. Both Josh Wright (132 yards) and D’Andre Kelly (100 yards) reached the century mark on the ground, as the Trojans garnered 308 total rushing yards for the game.
“I think the offensive line played really well,” said Chase coach Daniel Bailey. “They controlled the line of scrimmage. That’s always a plus when you run the triple option. It’s something we need to continue.”
Blocking was only part of the equation, however.
“D’Andre ran well in the first half by getting outside,” Bailey said. “And Josh ran well up the middle in the second half. That gives the triple option balance when you can do that and it forces teams to respect all three parts of our offense.”
Wright’s output is something the Trojans have come to expect over the last four seasons, but Kelly has burst on the scene over the past two weeks as a sophomore.
“D’Andre Kelly is the type of player who practices just as hard as he plays on game day,” said Bailey. “I can’t say enough about that young man. Not only does he run hard, but he is also an excellent blocker. He does everything you ask him to and he does it at 100 mph. We look forward to great things from him the rest of the season and in the future.”
The third piece of the triple option, quarterback Tyrell Boykins, did not put up spectacular stats, but did manage the game and also avoided costly mistakes.
“Everything is a progression with Tyrell,” said Bailey. “He didn’t throw for a lot of yards (56), but he didn’t have to. The biggest thing is he realized that an incomplete pass can be a good thing. He didn’t force anything.”
While the offense was finding a rhythm, the defense was holding the potent Wildcats at bay. North Gaston entered Friday’s contest averaging 31.5 points per game. The Trojans held them to 13 points and 184 total yards.
“I’m really proud of our defense, especially in the second half,” said Bailey. “We spotted them 13 points but shut them out the rest of the way. We didn’t let Central score in the second half either last week. I think that’s something we can build on, but we do need to start a little faster next week and play good defense for the whole game.”
Bailey says that next week’s opponent, Kings Mountain, will present an interesting challenge for the Trojans.
“Everybody on this team knows what R-S did to Kings Mountain,” he said. “But we can’t think we can go in there and get a win just by showing up. Kings Mountain is a good team and they are probably desperate for a win. We need to match their intensity. It is going to be an important game for both teams.”