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Chico looks to bounce back

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012

After coming up short against Valley View, the Chico Dragons have to rebound quickly to continue their hopeful playoff push.

Chico (4-2, 0-1) takes on the Lindsay Knights (4-2, 1-0) Friday at Henry B. Schroeder Stadium in Lindsay. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Offensively the Dragons have been rolling all season, but when they needed it the most against Valley View, they came up empty.

“We didn’t play very well,” Chico coach Stephen Carter said about the 28-7 loss. “We had a lot of misses in critical situations.”

Quarterback Hunter York had his lowest output in a full game situation so far this year. Chico’s lone score came on a 91-yard kickoff return by Matt Carter.

“I’m not sure if they were nervous or what,” Carter said. “We treated it like a playoff game. Our kids just came out flat.”

Chico now has the task of rebounding against a very good Lindsay squad. The Knights are coming off a 56-0 thrashing of Trenton. Their two losses are to Pilot Point and Jacksboro. Their other three wins came against Muenster, Howe and S&S.

“They are a physical football team,” Carter said. “They have a lot of team speed. We have to come out and get after it. We also have to be able to run the football.”

After putting so much mentally into the district opener against Valley View, Carter isn’t worrying too much about a huge letdown. The Dragons understand that they need to at least get one of the next two games.

“They were down, but they know they didn’t play their best game,” Carter said about his team’s post-game reaction. “They still believe in what we’re doing. We just need to play well this week and again the next week.”

CHICO (4-2, 0-1) AT LINDSAY (4-2, 1-0)
7:30 p.m. at Henry B. Schroeder Field

CHICO: Harris Rating: 169

NOTABLE: Valley View held Chico to only 11 rushing yards.

LINDSAY: Harris Rating: 204

NOTABLE: The Knights are averaging 33.6 points per game this season.

HARRIS LINE: Lindsay by 38

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