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Pirates cut down Dragons

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, October 27, 2012

Chico’s playoff hopes entered choppy seas Friday after their encounter with a band of Pirates. The Dragons dropped their third straight district game 48-14 to Collinsville.

PULLING AWAY – Chris Gilmore breaks a Pirate tackle. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Collinsville quarterback John Lewis did most of the damage himself, rushing for four touchdowns, passing for another, converting two point-after kicks and running for a two-point conversion. He also ended the night with a game-high 184 yards rushing.

Lewis scored two of his rushing touchdowns in the first quarter on 7-yard and 34-yard runs before Chico got on the board with a 1-yard run by Dylan Hightower. Dalton Tullos’ kick brought the Dragons to within a touchdown at 14-7.

That would be as close as Chico would get all night. Lewis scored two more touchdowns on runs of 51 yards and 7 yards to open up a 28-7 lead for the Pirates with 5:36 remaining in the first half.

The Dragons responded quickly when Hunter York connected on a 59-yard pass to Matt Carter. Tullos’ kick made it 28-14 with 5:04 remaining in the half.

Any momentum by the Dragons was short-lived, however, as Lewis found receiver Jake Vella for a 50-yard score, and Lewis’ kick made it a 35-14 game at the half.

Collinsville added two more scores in the third quarter on runs by Hayden Smith to finish out the scoring.

York had a game-high 120 yards passing, completing 8 of 22 passes with one interception. Carter caught four passes for 104 yards, and Darrion Riggs gained 64 yards on 13 carries.

The loss drops Chico to 0-3 in district play and 4-4 for the season. They will take on Blue Ridge next week.

COLLINSVILLE 48, CHICO 14

Collinsville … 14 … 21 … 13 … … 0-48
Chico … 7 … 7 … 0 … … 0-14

FIRST QUARTER

Collinsville – John Lewis 7 run; Lewis kick
Collinsville – Lewis 34 run; run failed
Chico – Dylan Hightower 1 run; Dalton Tullos kick

SECOND QUARTER

Collinsville – Lewis 51 run; Kyle Schindler run
Collinsville – Lewis 7 run; pass failed
Chico – Hunter York 59 pass to Matt Carter; Tullos kick
Collinsville – Lewis 50 pass to Jake Vella; Lewis kick

THIRD QUARTER

Collinsville – Hayden Smith 18 run; kick failed
Collinsville – Smith 17 run; Lewis kick

COLLINSVILLE … CHICO

First downs … 20 … 12
Rushes – yards … 42-325 … 28-70
Passing yards … 102 … 120
Total yards … 427 … 190
Comp – Att – Int … 4-10-0 … 8-22-1
Punts … 4-32 … 3-35
Fumbles – lost … 3-0 … 0-0
Penalties – yards … 11-95 … 8-65

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing – Chico, Darrion Riggs 13-64; Collinsville, Lewis 18-184
Receiving – Chico, Carter 4-104; Collinsville, Vella 2-70
Passing – Chico, York 8-22-1-120; Collinsville, Lewis 4-10-0-102

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