After a long, eight-year drought, the Chico Dragons finally picked up a district win Friday. Chico started putting everything together – after a disappointing three-game losing streak, to get a huge victory over Blue Ridge.
The Dragons attempt to close the season with a winning record by earning one more victory.
Trenton (1-8, 0-4) travels to Chico (5-4, 1-3) Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
“Our kids played well, and I really challenged our seniors,” Chico coach Stephen Carter said. “We responded in a great way, and we had a lot of younger kids step up.”
Overall, it is a disappointing year for a Chico team that had playoff aspirations, but the chance at a winning record and getting a couple of district wins under their belts before heading into next season is still on the line.
“Our goal was to be a playoff team,” Carter said. “But like I told the kids, ‘a lot of teams would kill to be 6-4, and there are a lot of playoff teams with worse records than that.’ I’m proud of a lot of things, and another district win and a winning record would be nice.”
Trenton has struggled in their first year of varsity football. Their lone win came in week one to Bells, 23-0. They have scored only seven points since then. The Tigers are giving up 38 points per game and are coming off a 35-0 loss to Valley View.
“They have a very young team,” Carter said. “They are a power running team, which we have struggled with, so we have to be prepared.”
TRENTON (1-8, 0-4) AT CHICO (5-4, 1-3)
7:30 p.m. at Dragon Stadium
CHICO: Harris Rating 169
NOTABLE: After waiting eight years for a district win, the Dragons have a great chance of making it two in a row.
TRENTON: Harris Rating 138
NOTABLE: The Tigers are in their first year of varsity football.
HARRIS LINE: Chico by 37