by Wendy Whitworth
The Chester Yellowjackets made a spectacular showing against the Apple Springs Eagles Friday, October 31. The team came out on fire and never burned out.
The Yellowjackets scored on each of their first three possessions. The Eagles were able to push past the Jackets' defense on their third series of downs to score. The Yellowjackets would once again have possession and within a few plays, had scored another touchdown to make the score 28-8.
Chester immediately regained possession due to a forced fumble by Cord Neal that was recovered by Levi Watts. The Yellowjackets made it to about the five yard line, but were forced to turn over on downs. The Yellowjacket defense did their job and stopped the Eagles almost before they got started. The next series of downs would also bring another touchdown for the Jackets.
Keaton Whitworth did his job, pressuring the quarterback, which resulted in an interception by Billy Thompson. Thompson was able to make about a 50 yard touchdown run to make the score 40-8.
The Yellowjacket defense only allowed the Eagles to score two more times. The Yellowjackets, on the other hand, scored almost every time they had possession of the ball. The use of both their tight offense which consists of Keaton Whitworth, Cody Riley, Levi Watts, Colten Martin, Cader Powell and McKail Smith and their spread offense which consists of Chris Carter, Cord Neal, Colten Martin, Dakota Thomas, Clay Thomson and Jutty Vaughn, kept the Eagles guessing. The blocking efforts of these athletes paved the way for the numerous touchdowns scored. Defensive players, Keaton Whitworth, Billy Thompson, Cord Neal, Colten Martin, McKail Smith and Chris Carter definitely did their job by containing the Eagles to only three touchdowns. The Yellowjackets mercy ruled the Eagles at the end of the third quarter with a score of 67-22. This win assures the Yellowjackets a playoff spot. The Yellowjackets have a bye this week and will be anxiously awaiting the outcome of the Leverett's Chapel /Apple Springs game.
"To say that I was pleased with our effort tonight would be an understatement. We have been on the cusp the last five weeks of doing something like this. It was great to see the defense playing so well. Offensively we were able to mix up our formations, runs, passes and the kids executed well. I am excited for this group of seniors to be able to lead this team into the post season for the 1st time since 1992. It is something that our kids have worked hard for, and I think that this community deserves a playoff team. I hope that we can execute the same way throughout the next few weeks," said Coach Chris Fudge.
"This week was by far the best we have played on both sides of the ball, but even if we 45'ed Apple Springs, we can still play better," Comments Billy Thompson.
"I have a lot of confidence in my team. I know we will practice hard over the weeks until the first round of the playoffs. We will definitely put forth our best effort to obtain a win and continue to play," Keaton Whitworth said.