Football

Smith’s Drugs owner/pharmacist John Higgins, center, presents CHASE head coach Chris Cogdill with a certificate recognizing the CHASE offensive line as the Player(s) of the week. The football players surrounding Higgins and Cogdill include Ty Kilgo, Rob Ward, Kadin Metz, Hayden Galloway, Luke McGinnis, Shane Parker, Connor Hensley, Reagan McCranie, Anthony Smith, Brennen Kingery and Jermany Harris.

FOREST CITY — One of the most crucial, yet overlooked units on a successful football team is the offensive line. But after opening holes for the CHASE offense to rush for 328 yards in a 42-16 win over Cherryville last Friday, the unit is getting recognition by bringing home the Smith’s Drugs Player(s) of the Week award for Week Four of the high school football season.

While there has been some shuffling and multiple guys playing multiple spots, one constant has remained, the Trojans can run the ball.

“They’ve been really good and it speaks to coach Rumfelt, our offensive line coach and the job he has done and those kids, who have played on the offensive line and the job they’ve done,” said CHASE head coach Chris Cogdill. “We’ve had to shuffle around every week and they’ve done a really good of adapting and overcoming what’s been thrown at them. We’ve had a different combination at right guard and right tackle all four games.”

For Cogdill, he says that the success the team has had even with the different combinations is an attribute to the work ethic of the players.

“That comes down to our kids working hard and I think the fact that in our offense, we have blocking rules, and that is something I think that helps them out a lot. They’ve done a really good job and we’ve been proud of them.”

On the year, the Trojans offensive line has allowed the team to rush for over 1,200 yards through four games for an average of 302.8 yards a game. What might even be more impressive is that CHASE rushers are averaging nearly 11 yards per carry.

Starting left guard Luke McGinnis has played in each game and says the group’s commitment to their craft has led to their success.

“We really focus on our technique,” said Luke. “Coach Rumfelt really focuses on that and I think that’s what leads to our success. We are also really close. The bond that we have really allows us to help get Marqies some yards.”

McGinnis is excited to be 4-0 and says the bye week this week really gives the team a chance to focus on perfecting on what they do.

“It feels really good to be 4-0,” he said. “We’ve got Marqies up there in the yards, so it feels good. We are using this week to focus on ourselves. We’re just going to work on our technique and make ourselves better, so when we play McDowell, we will be ready to play.”

Players who have started on the offensive line or at tight end include: Ty Kilgo, Rob Ward, Kadin Metz, Hayden Galloway, Luke McGinnis, Shane Parker, Connor Hensley, Reagan McCranie, Anthony Smith, Brennen Kingery and Jermany Harris.

Smith’s Drugs of Forest City is the proud sponsor of the Player of the Week award for the 2021 fall season. Located in downtown Forest City, Smith’s Drugs has served its friends and neighbors in Rutherford and surrounding counties since 1939. Smith’s Drugs can meet all of your pharmacy needs, including Compounding, Home Health, CPAP, Mastectomy and oxygen supplies. Smith’s Drugs also has a real old-fashioned Fountain serving breakfast, lunch and an afternoon dessert selection, and you can find unique gifts and items in the store’s gift shop.