Four wins for high school football
Chester’s Cole Conner charges full speed ahead to tackle one of University Prep’s players during the Volcanoes’ 54-6 win last Friday. Chester’s record improved to 7-2 for the season. Photo by James Wilson
All four high school football teams in Plumas County came out with wins last weekend. Chester, the only team to host in Plumas County, took down University Prep 54-6.
Greenville finished its regular season with a 46-16 victory over Loyalton. Quincy squeaked out a 54-52 win over Williams in a game that went into triple-overtime.
Portola’s opponent, Los Molinos, forfeited its game due to a chickenpox outbreak to advance the Tigers’ record to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in league.
Chester 54, University Prep 6
Before the game, the two teams looked pretty even. Both had a 6-2 record and offensive and defensive stats matched up pretty well. However, Chester showed University Prep how uneven they really were.
“I’m very pleased with how we are playing on both sides of the ball right now,” commented Chester’s coach, Terry Hernandez. “The adjustments we have made over the last two weeks are really paying off.”
The Volcanoes scored the first and only touchdown of the first quarter. Quarterback Hunter Morris kept for a 24-yard touchdown rush.
Midway through the second quarter, Chester gained two more points with a safety in the Panthers’ end zone.
The Volcanoes took advantage of their regained possession with a quick drive that resulted in another touchdown. Wesaly Hedrick carried the ball 60 yards into the end zone with the assist of a hard block by Trey Reed.
The Volcanoes kept up their momentum and shut the Panthers’ offense down to get the ball back. Eddie Perez then ran 40 yards on the outside for another Chester touchdown.
University Prep struck back with its only touchdown of the game. The Panther’s Matthew Nadeker reached out for a catch that resulted in a 68-yard touchdown reception.
With just 11 seconds left in the half, Brett Perry scurried his way into the Panthers’ end zone to lead the Volcanoes 30-6 into the half.
Chester came out in the third quarter with a flurry of big plays. Less than a minute in, Morris rushed 37 yards for another Volcanoes touchdown. Three minutes later, he repeated his play for his third touchdown of the game.
With the game pretty much secured, the Volcanoes scored two more touchdowns for the win. Joseph Luna and Jeremiah White both scored with rushes.
“The one thing I am disappointed in is the lack of support for this team,” said Hernandez on last Friday’s turnout. “There were barely enough people there to fill one side of our bleachers. Hopefully this week with Portola coming to town the crowds will show up and support all of the hard work these kids have put into this season.”
Friday, the Volcanoes will host Portola. Last year the two teams went head-on for both the league and division titles. Chester won the league and Portola won the division. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Chester High School.
Greenville 46, Loyalton 16
With their win, the Indians finished second in the California South eight-man league behind Princeton. The win also won Greenville home-field advantage in the first round of playoffs.
“We were very determined to win that game,” commented Greenville’s coach, Justin Allan. “At times we played a little tense because of this, even though we took the lead from the beginning of the game and never gave it up.”
Greenville’s offense was the driving force in its win over Loyalton. Combined, the offense scored more than 600 yards.
Quarterback Cooper Kingdon spent nearly as much time rushing as he did in the pocket with 160 yards and two touchdowns off 13 carries. Kingdon also passed for 100 yards and one touchdown off five completions.
The Indians’ rushing game was stellar with multiple players contributing. Logan Carmichael carried 22 times for 161 yards.
James Martinez contributed 143 yards from 16 carries along with three receptions that resulted in an additional 67 yards. Walker Meyers carried six times for 64 yards. Jacob Henry led his team’s defense with 12 tackles.
The Indians take on Butte Valley this Friday at 7 p.m. in Greenville in the first round of Division VI playoffs.
Quincy 54, Williams 52
The Trojans got their second win of the season last Friday in Williams, though they certainly had to fight for it. The two teams were neck and neck the majority of the game, but Quincy edged out Williams in triple-overtime.
By the half, Williams was ahead 24-16. The Trojans came back in the second half, however, and were up 40-34 with less than a minute on the clock. Williams scored with just 40 seconds remaining to tie the game. Quincy stopped Williams’ after-touchdown point attempt to bring the game into overtime.
Through the game Williams scored one more touchdown than the Trojans, but missed all its chances at after-touchdown points. Quincy made multiple two-point conversions to keep the score balanced.
According to the rules of the Northern Section California Interscholastic Federation, overtime in football gives each team a chance to score. Each team is put down at the 10-yard line and given four downs to score.
Williams had the ball first and made its way into the end zone. Quincy stopped the two-point conversion and needed at least six points to stay in the game. Quincy succeeded in making the touchdown, but couldn’t score the after-point and the game went into double-overtime.
Quincy had the ball first, but went four-and-out. Williams tried to pass it into the end zone, but Erik Schwartz intercepted it to bring the game into triple-overtime.
Williams ran the ball in and made the touchdown, but Quincy was able to stop the extra point. Schwartz ran the ball in for Quincy to once again tie the game. Tyler Lacey then ran the ball in for the two-point conversion that won the game for the Trojans.
Quincy will play its final game of the regular season Friday at home against Esparto at 7 p.m.