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Chico’s postseason rides on Pirates’ defeat

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, October 24, 2012

After two straight losses to begin the district schedule, the Chico Dragons find themselves in a must-win situation the final three weeks. The Dragons’ push to the postseason needs to begin with a win against Collinsville.

Chico (4-3, 0-2) hosts the Pirates (6-1, 2-0) Friday. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

After dropping their first game of the season to Sacred Heart, the Pirates are riding a six-game winning streak. They also received the easier start to the district schedule, already getting wins against Trenton and Blue Ridge.

“They [Collinsville] are a good football team,” Chico coach Stephen Carter said. “We match-up pretty well with them. It should be a good game.”

The Pirates are led by dual-threat quarterback John Lewis. He has already rushed for 1,080 yards this season and thrown for 448.

Chico has the hard part of their district schedule behind them with two of the more difficult teams, Lindsay and Valley View out of the way. Even though both games were losses, the Dragon still control their own destiny.

Carter says his kids understand the magnitude of this game, and they need to get rid of some mistakes if they are going to be successful.

“We’ve got to eliminate penalties,” Carter said. “We moved the ball, but we didn’t capitalize. We need more consistency on offense and to finish off drives.”

COLLINSVILLE (6-1, 2-0) AT CHICO (4-3, 0-2)
7:30 p.m. at Dragon Stadium

CHICO: Harris Rating 169

NOTABLE: The Dragons lead the county in offense with 439 yards per game.

COLLINSVILLE: Harris rating 189

NOTABLE: The Pirates are putting up 35 points per game.

HARRIS LINE: Collinsville by 14

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