Chico cleans their clock

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, September 22, 2012
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CUTTING IN – Dragon Matt Carter leaps in front of a TLCA player to intercept a pass Friday night. Chico went on to defeat the Eagles 43-6. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

The clock went out somewhere in the second quarter at Chico Friday night – but to tell the truth, the Dragons had already put out the lights for Texas Leadership Charter Academy by then.

Chico scored 37 unanswered points in the first half enroute to a 43-6 win. The clock came back in the second half, but the visiting Eagles had no such luck.

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The victory put the Dragons’ record at 2-1 on the young season as they prepare to host Dallas A+ and Gainesville State School the next two weeks.

Quarterback Hunter York put up some gaudy numbers as the Dragons took to the air for 327 yards on 17-of-23 passing with just one interception. York hit Matt Carter on a 19-yarder to open the scoring wtih 5:33 left in the first quarter.

Just over a minute later, Darrion Riggs plowed in from the 1 for Chico’s only rushing score of the night, and a two-point conversion made it 15-0.

The Dragons scored three times in the second quarter on a 43-yard pass from York to Dylan Hightower, a 16-yard TD strike to Josh Windham, and a 62-yard bomb to Chris Gilmore.

TLCA had its only highlight of the game early in the third when Brandon Garcia broke an 85-yard touchdown run.

Less than three minutes later, York answered with a 38-yard scoring toss to Windham.

Carter caught four passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. Dylan Hightower, Josh Windham and Chris Gilmore also hauled in touchdown tosses, with Windham collecting two.

Carter picked off three passes on defense as well, as Chico intercepted TLCA four times.

TLCA’s Brandon Garcia carried the ball 21 times for 109 yards, but three lost fumbles plagued the Eagles. Hightower carried 16 times for the Dragons and amassed 162 yards.

“I was really proud of the kids,” coach Stephen Carter said after the game. “They’ve come a long way in the last two years, and they really showed some leadership tonight.”

OVER THE TOP – Chico’s Dylan Hightower leaps over fellow players and foes alike as he pushes forward. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford


TLCA … 0 … 0 … 6 … 0-6
Chico … 15 … 22 … 6 … 0-43


Chico – 5:43, 19 pass Hunter York to Matt Carter; Dalton Tullos kick
Chico – 4:21, 1 run Darrion Riggs; PAT pass York to Dylan Hightower


Chico – 4:29, 43 pass York to Hightower, PAT pass York to Hightower
Chico – 2:00, 16 pass York to Josh Windham, PAT pass York to Windham
Chico – 1:00, 62 pass York to Chris Gilmore, PAT run failed


TLCA – 9:15, 85 run Brandon Garcia, PAT kick blocked
Chico – 6:39, 38 pass York to Windham, PAT pass failed


First downs … 5 … 17
Rushes – yards … 30-179 … 33-219
Passing yards … 32 … 327
Total yards … 211 … 546
Comp – Att – Int … 3-12-4 … 17-23-1
Punts – avg. … 2-30 … 2-37
Fumbles – lost … 3-3 … 1-0
Penalties – yards … 8-50 … 12-75


Rushing – TLCA, Brandon Garcia 21-109; Chico, Dylan Hightower 16-162
Receiving – TLCA, Rod Mayberry 1-17; Chico, Matt Carter 4-94
Passing – TLCA, Alex Garcia 3-6-4-32; Chico, Hunter York 17-23-1-327

COMING AROUND – Chico’s Dustin Hardee heads for open ground during the Dragons’ win over the Eagles. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

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