HENRIETTA — Marquis McCombs ran for five touchdowns behind CHASE’S big offensive line as the Trojans grounded out a 42-16 win over Cherryville Friday night.
IT STARTS UP FRONTBoth coaches agree that the game was won in the trenches.
“We just decided to lean on our line tonight,” CHASE coach Chris Cogdill said. “They don’t get the recognition they deserve, but they all played a great game,”
Cherryville’s Tim Pruitt agrees.
“CHASE is just so big up front,” he said. “We are not. They opened some big holes. In spite of that, I thought we played really well and moved the ball from the 20 to the 20.”
TRICKY IRONMENA pair of McCombs touchdowns of 15 and 22 yards respectively gave CHASE a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. Cherryville got right back in the game with a double pass that Landon Hahn tossed to Cooper Sloan from 30 yards away with 4:55 left in the second quarter. After the two point conversion, Cherryville only trailed 14-8.
“We were going to run that play last week, but we did not get a chance,” Pruitt said. “We figured why save it? Landon who is probably the best athlete on our team made a great throw and Cooper came down with it with defenders around him. It turned out well for us.”
CHASE wasted little time in responding. McCombs ran across midfield and a scramble by quarterback Damian Boykins set up McCombs’ third score of the night, this time from 10 yards out to make the tally 20-8. CHASE used their timeouts on defense and got the ball back before the half and McCombs rewarded the Trojans with an 18-yard touchdown run to put the Trojans up 26-8 at the break as CHASE had scored twice in less than two minutes of game time. Boykins and McCombs would score for CHASE in the second half before Miller would give Cherryville a late score in the fourth quarter to account for the 42-16 final.
“We went 2 for 1 there at the end of the half and if you count the first drive of the second half it was really three,” Cogdill said. “That was big because it allowed us to push out the lead a little bit after Cherryville had scored.”
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
CHASE: McCombs. The junior has burst onto the scene in 2021 with 17 total touchdowns and nearly 1,000 all-purpose yards through four games.
CHERRYVILLE: Cooper Sloan. Not only did he catch a touchdown pass from Hahn, he also garnered the bulk of the carries for the Cherryville offense from his running back spot.
CHASE (4-0) enjoys a bye week, while Cherryville (1-2) faces a tall order when they travel to Shelby to open conference play.
BOX SCOREC-VILLE — 0 8 0 8 — 16
CHASE — 14 12 16 0 — 42
SCORING PLAYS:1ST CH 3:37 Marquis McCombs 15 yard run
1st CH 3:06 Marquis McCombs 22 yard run (McCombs 2pt conversion)
2nd CV 4:55 Landon Hahn 30 yard pass to Cooper Sloan (Hahn 2pt conversion)
2nd CH 3:12 Marquis McCombs 10 yard run
2nd CH 1:13 Marquis McCombs 18 yard run
3rd CH 11:13 Damian Boykins 8 yard run (McCombs 2pt conversion)
3rd CH 9:35 Marquis McCombs 33 yard run (Boykins 2pt conversion)
4th CV 4:53 Chase Miller 3 yard run (Sloan 2pt conversion)