The Chico Dragons have had Oct. 12 circled on their calendar since last season. That’s when the Dragons lost a heartbreaking game against the Valley View Eagles.
Friday, Chico (4-1) gets a chance for revenge when they travel to Valley View (2-3).
The Dragons have been in cruise control the last few weeks as their offense has put up huge numbers on their way to four straight victories. They will face their stiffest test of the year when they take on the Eagles, who have played a much tougher pre-district schedule.
Valley View is coming off their bye week after picking up wins over Era and S&S. They have suffered losses to Nocona, Callisburg and Muenster.
“I mentioned Friday that this is going to be the biggest game for Chico in years,” head coach Stephen Carter said. “It’s big for the school and community. We haven’t had a game with this much meaning in so long.”
Not only is revenge on the line. Getting a win against one of the top teams in the district would be huge for Chico playoff hopes. After Valley View, the Dragons have to travel to Lindsay next week. A split between those teams would be huge.
“They are very good,” Carter said about the Eagles. “They are very athletic, physical and are not playing like a 2-3 team. They’ve played a tough non-district schedule. It will be by far our toughest test so far.”
Even with so much riding on this game, Carter knows a loss would not be catastrophic.
“This game is important,” Carter said. “But if we don’t get a win, it’s not the end of the world.”
CHICO (4-1) AT VALLEY VIEW (2-3)
7:30 p.m. at John Kassen Field
CHICO: Harris Rating 171
NOTABLE: The Dragons lost to the Eagles 27-26 last season.
VALLEY VIEW: 189
NOTABLE: All three of Valley View’s losses have come against Class 2A teams.
HARRIS LINE: Valley View by 14