Thursday, November 1, 2018

Chadron Takes on Undefeated Team for Playoffs

     Chadron High football team defeated the Gering Bulldogs to claim the C1-8 title. The team traveled to Pierce, NE. on October 26, to play the Pierce Bluejays who were 9-0. The final score of the game was 12-45 with Jacob Lemmon and Clark Riesen scoring the touchdowns.
     Coach McLain said, "The team played hard the whole game and never gave up even when the score got lopsided." The Bluejays were a very fast, disciplined team that was able to hold back the Cardinals. Although, Chadron "was down for most of the game, the completion of passes were successful," said McLain. There were “costly turnovers” throughout the game, but most of the game the boys played like a strong team said McLain.
     Senior, PJ Ngoi, said Chadron's defense was consistent, but it was tough to run the ball. "The offensive line stepped up halfway through the season and that really gave us a boost to get to this game." There were a few players who hit a state of nervousness, but "We played over it," said PJ.
     Chadron closed their season with a 5-5 record. 
     “A few of the seniors will be hard to replace because they really stepped up this season,” McLain said. Next year's team will consist of several young players, but the season relies on how hard they are willing to work. McLain said executing every Friday game will be very important. He is hoping for the team to win districts and make a run in the state playoffs, but not to worry about it too early in the season. The energy needs to be there during every practice and game. The team has "much potential, and we will be looking for another successful season," said McLain.

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