Battle of the Trojans
Chase Trojans vs. Bandys Trojans (2-0)
at Chase High, 7:30 p.m.
With two weeks to recover from a dramatic 38-35 win on the road against Newton Conover, Chase football is fully prepared to challenge another set of Trojans, Bandys (2-0), tonight in Chase’s home opener.
However, it won’t be easy.
“It’s going to be a four quarter football game,” Chase head coach Daniel Bailey said. “I told the players that you know the kind of team that will back down and fold if you just go out there and hit them in the mouth — Bandys is not one of those teams. When you go out there and hit them they’ll turn right around and hit you back. They’re a tough-nosed team that knows the game.”
A young Chase (1-0) front seven is an easy target for most teams, but the secondary will be the X-factor against Bandys.
“They mainly stay in a two-back shotgun set,” Bailey said of the visiting offense. “They like to get the ball to receivers in space with hitch routes and little bubbles and they have a tight end who runs a good seam route. Their running game is just good enough to open up the play-action passing game.”
The Bandys offense outscored its opponents 74-18 in its first two games of the season. The Chase triple option attack hopes to slow them down with ball control.
“We want to establish a rhythm,” Bailey said after admitting that film can be deceiving when studying a new opponent. “Running the triple option a lot of times you’ll get something different than what you see on film. Most teams have a special triple-option defense. As offensive coaches we have to go out and figure out in a hurry what they’re trying to do. Our first series or two we try to see what formations give us the best advantage.”
In Week 1 Chase fell behind to Newton Conover before big plays on offense and special teams bailed them out in the fourth quarter, Bailey hopes that won’t be necessary tonight in front of the home crowd.
“Now we want to see if we can establish a lead and hold it,” Bailey said. “If we’re able to get out front we want to stay there. We want to play to win the ball game.”
But with athletes like Josh Wright, Jordan O’Rourke and D’Andre Kelly, Bailey understands the load his offense must carry.
“We feel that we have the ability to have big plays and right now our offense knows they have to carry us a little more while our front seven on defense gets more experience,” Bailey said. “They aren’t necessarily young but they’re new starters.”
With a well-rested team and the load of confidence that comes with a big come-from-behind road win, Chase is eager to prove its Trojan supremacy.
“We left Newton Conover with a good taste in our mouths. We know we have kids that won’t give up and that gives the kids confidence,” Bailey said. “The boys are excited to be playing this level of football.”
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Chase High School.