Trojans respond in win over Mountaineers
Last Friday against Kings Mountain, Chase football did something it's struggled to do all season, come from behind.
After falling behind 14-0 after the first quarter, Chase (5-4, 2-4 SMAC) outscored the Mountaineers (2-8, 0-7 SMAC) 40-14 in the final three frames for a 40-28 win.
"It was a good team win," Chase head coach Daniel Bailey said. " It was tale of two different halves. Even though we let them score 14 on us early I thought the defense played well from that point and really kept us in the ball game."
According to Bailey, the turnaround was as much mental as physical.
"We didn't change anything, they just started to trust what we told them," Bailey said. "We told them that Kings Mountain would look really good coming out of the locker room. But eventually they realized that even though they were bigger than us and had more kids it didn't mean they were better than us. It took our kids a quarter to figure that out.
"We need them to trust what we tell them all week instead of taking half of a game to realize we were telling them the truth all week long."
The offensive turnaround was highlighted by big pass plays from Tyrell Boykins to Jordan O'Rouke. Boykins only completed three passes, all to O'Rouke, but they went for 131 yards and two scores.
"The offensive made a a couple adjustments at halftime and our lineman did a good job picking up blitzes and we were able to establish the fullback," Bailey said. "Our running game set up those passes."
Fullback Josh Wright had a big second half and finished the night with 139 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns. And when a defense sees the same guy bust up the middle time and time again, the pass is deadly.
"It's a lot harder to defend a team the only throws the ball 1-2-3 times a half," Bailey said. "It really should be easier for a quarterback to throw out of our offense. We were fortunate that the passes we completed went for big plays."
As crucial as the running success is to the passing success in the Chase offense, Bailey credits Boykins and his recent work ethic after a few subpar outings in recent weeks.
"It's amazing what a few 6:30 mornings can do for a player," Bailey said in reference to Boykins and his early morning workouts. "As a quarterback you have to set the standard.
When you have a few bad games you need to do what you have to do to get better. He's done what it takes to get better. It's not a question of ability for Tyrell, it's his decision making, and that's gotten a lot better due to the extra time he's put in."
Boykins, Bailey, Wright, O'Rourke and the rest of the Trojans will look to win a third straight game this Friday as they host a lowly East Burke team (1-8, 0-6 SMAC).