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Yellowjackets fall to Lions in district opener

By Jana Rayburn

Chester high school and junior high football teams hosted Leverett's Chapel on Friday, Oct. 20.
The junior high game was played first, and the Jackets fell to the Lions 0-20. Carson Thomson led the team as quarterback. Luke Read and Colton Pursley also played a great game for the Jackets.

The high school took the field next, and although the Jackets battled the entire game against one of the best teams in the district, Chester fell to Leverett's Chapel 6-54.

Coach Jeremy Wooten said this about Friday night's loss, "Our youth showed tonight. We played without one of our senior leaders, who is out with an injury."

Wooten had nothing but praise for the underclassmen who stepped up and showed some grit.
Seth Read led the team brilliantly on only his second game as quarterback. Dean Brown had some great catches as wide receiver.

Defensively, there were a lot of good hits. J.T. Martin got some hard hits, and Brown got some great tackles. Jake Pitre made numerous tackles against much larger opponents. Braydin Davis stepped up on defense with numerous quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery, and a couple of tackles.

The junior high will travel to High Island to battle the Cardinals on Thursday, Oct. 26. Kick-off will be at 5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 27 will be a big night at Aubry Bradley Stadium in Chester. This will be both Homecoming and Senior night for the Yellowjackets. The football game Friday, Oct. 27 will pit the Jackets against the High Island Cardinals with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

Homecoming coronation will be held pre-game beginning at 7 p.m. and Senior night recognition will be held at half time.

The Yellowjacket cross country teams both earned the right to compete in the Region IV Cross Country meet in Corpus Christi. The girls team won the district championship, while the boys finished in third place. Boys team members are Dane Barnes, Cade Parrish, J.T. Martin, Levi Goins, and Austin Haskett. Girls team members are Haley Cowan, Selah Spaulding, Annie Rayburn, Faith Loughner, Brianna Cowan, and Jasmine Mitchell.

Coach Charlotte Barnes is hopeful that some of the athletes will advance to the state meet, as they have put in a great deal of practice. The state meet in held in Round Rock at Old Settlers Park on Saturday, Nov. 4.

The Lady Jackets volleyball team is nearing the end of district play. The team defeated the Leggett Pirates in three straight sets on Tuesday, October 17 and easily beat the Goodrich Lady Hornets in three straight sets on Friday, Oct. 20.

The Lady Jackets have clenched their spot as the number one seed in Class 1A. They will have two byes before their first playoff game, which will be the regional quarterfinal round.

To get some practice in before their playoff run, the Lady Jackets will play a warm-up game against the Hull Daisetta Lady Bobcats. This game will be played on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. at Warren High School. This will be the second meeting between these two teams, as the Lady Jackets defeated the Lady Bobcats in 5 sets earlier in the season.