SPORTS HEADLINES

Dragons look to finish strong

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Chico Dragons’ hopes of ending their long playoff drought came to an end with a loss to Collinsville Friday. Having lost their first three district games leaves them on the outside looking in with two games remaining.

But with victories in their last two games, they could still tie their six-win total from a year ago.

Following Blocks

FOLLOWING BLOCKS – Crese Redman and the rest of the Dragons will be seeking a homecoming victory Friday against Blue Ridge. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Chico (4-4, 0-3) hosts the Blue Ridge Tigers (2-6, 1-2) Friday for homecoming at Dragon Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

“Our youth was just exposed,” head coach Stephen Carter said. “We got some good experience against some good football teams.”

The Dragons committed 10 turnovers in their last three losses as they saw their season unravel.

With two games remaining, Carter wants to get his young team some more valuable experience as they hope to build on back-to-back six-win seasons.

“We want to go out and do things right,” Carter said. “We need to take care of the football and move forward building things for the future.”

Blue Ridge is coming off their second win of the season, a 29-8 triumph over Trenton.

“They are a spread team that will try to air it out against us,” Carter said. “They are coming off a win so they’ll be flying around and playing with some confidence.”

Although it’s down to playing for pride for the Dragons, Carter says there are still things to work for.

“We need to get better and walk away winners,” Carter said. “The last few weeks we haven’t done things right. We need to get back to doing things right.”

BLUE RIDGE (2-6, 1-2) AT CHICO (5-2, 2-0)

7:30 p.m. at Dragon Stadium

Chico: Harris Rating 170
Notable: The Dragons defeated the Tigers 40-14 last season.
Blue Ridge: Harris Rating 155
Notable: Blue Ridge is averaging only 57 rushing yards per game.
Harris line: Chico by 17

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