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Senior Michael Bereznak has experience, confidence and skill on the CHS field. Photo by Mari Erin Roth

Chester can’t be beat

The Volcanoes are running hot this season with an undefeated record overall — 4-0 — and a single conference win to start the season off right.

It all started the end of August with a win against the Redding Christian Lions, 14-6.

Into early September the Vols had a heated battle with the Burney Raiders, but came out the victors, 22-20.

McCloud was only able to complete one half with the Chester Volcanoes, losing 57-0 and the latest to fall to the CHS football team in the first conference play game was  a repeat defeat of the Raiders, 35-8. The Volcanoes strengthened their game with Burney and used the knowledge to their advantage.

Head football coach for CHS, TJ Ragan, has been leading the Chester team to victory in his first season as the boys’ coach. Former head coach and current CHS Athletic Director Terry Hernandez can often be spotted along the sidelines with coaches lending a hand and perspective when needed. “I’m not coaching this year, however,” said Hernandez. “TJ has been great and we are off to another great season.”

The Volcanoes were scheduled to play the Westwood Lumberjacks on Sept. 27, but the Lumberjack team has decided to fold due to a lack of players according to CHS athletic director Paul Hardig.

The Volcanoes will move on to challenge Mercy Warriors when they come to Chester this Friday, Oct. 4, for a game starting at 6 p.m. It is also Homecoming.

“We are a second-half team,” observed Hernandez. “Redding Christian, we were down 6-0 going into the fourth quarter and won 14-6. Burney on 9/6- down 20-6 with six-and-a-half minutes left in the game and we won 22-20. Burney 9/20- we were up 12-8 at the half and won 35-8.”

The final games of the season will be facing the Herlong Vikings, the Princeton Eagles, the Loyalton Grizzlies and finally the Greenville Indians.

“Our coaches have made great second half adjustments this year,” said Hernandez. “It’s also a testament to our team not giving up and believing until the very end.” Well said.

Chester football games

10/4 Mercy 6 p.m.

10/11 Herlong 6 p.m.

10/18 at Princeton

10/26 at Loyalton

11/1 Greenville 6 p.m.

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