Chester Volcanoes work hard to dial in skills during practice Sept. 4 to get ready for their game in Etna against the Lions. Photo by Mari Erin Roth

Volcanoes burn through competition

CHS football team ends a two-hour practice with a varied-skill exercise that is both fun and exhausting.

The Chester High football team launched into the 2018 season with force and purpose. After a 14-7 victory over the Modoc Braves on Aug. 24, the Vols took on the Quincy Trojans. The Volcanoes left the field with heads held high and a 20-6 win over their rivals in the second CHS game of the season.

Chester head coach Terry Hernandez also doubles as the principal for Chester High. “I thoughtwe played really well on defense on Friday, but had some struggles offensively,” said Hernandez. “We will be working on tightening up the offense in practice this week.”

It was the first game of the season for the Trojans. Senior Connor Caiazzo returned as quarterback for QHS and fired eight completed passes for a total of 171 yards. CHS offense offered up two quarterbacks. Sophomore Kameron Stelzriede completed two passes for 56 yards and junior Michael Bereznak completed one pass for 26 yards.

Chester led in rushing with wrestling phenomenon junior Callum Kremer, carrying the ball nine times for 82 yards. Stelzriede held on to 10 carries for 40 yards and Bereznak had 10 carries for 31 yards.

“The kids are playing hard and we are off to a good start, we just need to get better every week, and we will. A big win against your rival makes it even more sweet,” said Hernandez.

Senior Sam Langdale led Quincy rushing with eight carries for 58 yards; senior Miguel Williams had eight carries for 36 yards and quarterback Caiazzo made 14 carries picking up 32 yards.

QHS senior Dominic Rinetti had a good night receiving with four catches and 74 yards. Williams had two for 43 yards and junior Quinn Holzer caught a nice pass for a gain of 41 yards.

CHS receivers were Bereznak with two catches for 56 yards and Stelzriede caught one for 26.

Quincy total yardage was 310 to Chester’s 264, but if the ball doesn’t cross the goal posts … QHS Caiazzo peaked with an impressive 203 yard total for the game, Rinetti earned 87 and Williams had a total of 79 yards.

CHS Stelzriede had the second highest yardage total with 122, Bereznak pushed the Vols forward with 113 and Kremer totaled 82.

QHS Williams and Holzer each picked up an interception and Trojan senior Steven Drapeau picked up a fumble.

Two CHS touchdowns were scored by Stelzriede and one TD was made by Chester senior Isaiah Estacio. Junior Leo Flores successfully kicked two extra points for the Volcanoes. Langdale scored the Trojan TD.

It will be interesting to see how the Quincy team develops and what Chester does with their impressive beginning. No doubt, it is going to be one heck of a great football season for the fans in Plumas County.

The Chester homecoming game is Friday, Sept. 14, starting at 7 p.m., when they take on the Portola Tigers. The Quincy Trojans will also face the Tigers for their homecoming, but that won’t be until Friday, Oct. 5.

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