Chase powers passed Bandys
In a game that had all the makings of being a blow-for-blow battle, the Chase Trojans out-muscled and outran the Bandys Trojans, 38-13, Friday night at Chase.
Chase running back Josh Wright led the charge for the Trojans rushing for 204 yards and two touchdowns while Jordan O'Rouke rushed for a score of his own and picked off three Bandys passes on defense.
"I felt that my line was getting some good blocks and after that I could do whatever I wanted to," Wright said after the win. "This being the first home game and my last year here, it feels real good."
"Josh Wright definitely had a big game for us," Chase head coach Daniel Bailey said. "He's really taken another step since last year taking care of the football and getting the hard yards."
Bandys (2-1) struck early when a few decent runs set up a deep pass from quarterback Logan Beegle down the sideline to Jeremy Carr who wrestled the ball away from Chase’s Malik Young and scampered into the endzone for 65-yard score. Travis Kiser’s PAT gave the visiting Trojans a 7-0 lead with 9:57 left in the first quarter.
Young atoned for the previous play whe he returned the ensuing kickoff to midfield. A handful of run from Tyrell Boykins and Wright later, Chase (2-0) had first and goal just inside the Bandys 10.
The first to downs yielded no yards, the even that was better than third down when D’Andre Kelly fumbled and Bandy’s scooped up the ball at the 20.
Luckily for Chase, a pair of Bandy’s penalties and a big sack from Treston Abrams forced Bandy’s to punt.
Chase nearly gave the ball back to Bandys on its next possession when Dace Rollins appeared to fumble a 17-yard reception but he was ruled down prior to the fumble.
Boykins and Wright took over from there carrying the home team to the 16 yard line before Wright took a handoff off the right side a rumbled into the endzone. An Omar Jimenez PAT tied the game at 7-7 with 1:03 left in the opening quarter.
"Tyrell Boykins really played well tonight on some of his reads," Bailey said. "This was probably one his best games as far as making his reads and getting up the field."
After the teams switched sides for the second quarter, Bandy’s penetrated Chase territory before Beegle tested the Chase secondary again with another deep sideline route. However, O’Rouke was on the receiver this time and came down with an interception at the Chase 10.
"I've been practicing hard all week and practicing on my vision when I'm back-pedalling and focusing on the quarterback and how he floats the ball," O'Rourke said. "It worked out a whole lot tonight."
But like Bandys, Chase failed to take advantage of the turnover and booted the ball back.
A failed fake punt attempt from Bandys set Chase up with favorable field position on their next drive and six plays later the home Trojans cashed in with a 16-yard touchdown run by O’Rourke. Jimenez split the uprights and Chase took a 14-7 lead with 4:34 left until halftime.
O’Rouke made his third highlight reel play of the night picking off another Beegle pass attempt, this one down the middle on first down, and returned it 35 yards to the Bandys 36.
After a meager 2-yard gain, Boykins found Dace Rollins wide open for a 34-yard touchdown strike. An extra point later, Chase was on top 21-7 with 1:21 left before the half.
Bandys’ struggles continued when Beegle mishandled a snap kicked it backwards a couple times and Chase picked up the loose ball at the Bandys 14.
Jimenez nailed a 32-yard field goal just before the half to send Chase into the break with a 24-7 lead.
After a Chase turnover to start the half, O’Rouke snatched his third interception of the night and returned it 40 yards to the Bandys 14.
With O’Rouke on the sideline dealing with cramps, Chase only gained a yard and Jimenez missed a 31-yard field goal attempt.
O’Rourke made a bid for another touchdown when he took a muffed punt 71 yards for a score, however, a penalty on the return negated the touchdown and forced Chase to play from its own 20.
"It's disappointing but stuff like that happens," O'Rourke said. "I just have to get back out there and keep working hard and try to get another one."
After a scoreless third quarter, Chase widened the gap with a 9-yard touchdown run from Wright. After the PAT, Chase led 31-7 with 9:07 left in the game.
Less than a minute later, Young hauled in Chase’s fourth interception of the night and went 43 yards untouched for a Chase touchdown.
After Bandys started mount a drive on the Chase second team defense, Bailey quickly reinserted his starters, but the visitors cut into the lead on a 14-yard touchdown run from Dillon Street.
Chase threatened to score in the final minute inside of the Bandys 10 but chose to run out the clock for the 38-13 home win.
"We knew the momentum was starting to shift even though we were up and we didn't want to leave a bad taste in our mouths to end the game," Bailey said.
Chase returns to the field next week at home and opens conference play against Burns.
"We're feeling good. We know they're a good team," Bailey said of Burns. "We just need to get in and start making a game plan."
Chase 38, Bandys 13
CHASE 7 17 0 14 - 38
BANDYS 7 0 0 6 - 13
BHS – Jeremy Carr 65-yd reception from Logan Beegle. (Travis Kiser kick) 9:57
CHS – Josh Wright 16-yd run. (Omar Jimenez kick) 1:03
CHS – Jordan O’Rourke 16-yd run. (Jimenez kick) 4:34
CHS – Dace Rollins 34-yd reception from Tyrell Boykins. (Jimenez kick) 1:21
CHS – Jimenez 32-yd field goal. 0:10
CHS – Wright 9-yd run. (Jimenez kick) 9:07
CHS – Malik Young 43-yd interception return. (Jimenez kick) 8:13
BHS – Dillon Street 14-yd run. (PAT no good) 5:12