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Football: Chico works on passing game

By David Talley | Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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Chico is hoping to carry last week’s strong defensive performance into this Friday’s showdown at Seymour.

The 3-3 Dragons topped Gainesville State School 21-18 last week and the Dragons’ defense held the Tornadoes scoreless in the second half.

Head Coach Lane Wilson anticipates facing an aggressive Seymour defense and talented offense based around quarterback Cade Holden. Holden has 961 yards on the season. Seymour is 5-1.

Wilson said the team leaned on Nico Starnes and Jerod Blanks to help them steadily move the ball. Starnes ran in a 75-yard score in the first quarter and Blanks had 89 yards on the ground and 62 through the air, but the team had to focus on driving the ball rather than on big plays last week.

“We had to drive the ball down the field to take it in,” Wilson said.

Moving forward, the team will continue to use Starnes when possible and also hopes to capitalize on Blanks’ passing skills. The senior has seven touchdowns through the air and seven on the ground. “We need to try to get our passing game more involved this week than what we did the previous two weeks,” Wilson said. “We’ll keep trying to run the ball when we have to. “Nico is one that we always try to utilize. He’s one of our big play guys.”

CHICO 21, GAINESVILLE STATE SCHOOL 18

Gainesville St. Sch. … 0 … 18 … 0 … 0 … – … 18
Chico … 7 … 7 … 7 … 0 … – … 21

FIRST QUARTER

Chico – Nico Starnes 75 run, Logan Ellis kick, 11:45

SECOND QUARTER

Gainesville – 8 run, 10:53
Chico – Jerod Blanks 1 run, Ellis kick, 6:11
Gainesville – 67 yard run, 5:59
Gainesville – 45 yard pass, 2:17

THIRD QUARTER

Chico – Blanks 1 yard, Ellis kick 3:02

GAINESVILLE … CHICO

First Downs … 9 … 9
Rushes-Yards … 62 … 138
Passing Yards … 147 … 62
Total yards … 209 … 200
Att-Comp-Int … 12-22-1 … 7-16-1
Punts-Average … 0 … 0
Fumbles-Lost … 2-2 … 2-2
Penalties-Yards … 5-60 … 9-80

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Chico: Jerod Blanks 21-89.

PASSING: Chico: Jerod Blanks 7-16-1-62.

RECEIVING: Chico: Billy Morgan 4-20.

SEYMOUR (5-1) AT CHICO (3-3)

7 p.m., Friday
at Dragon Stadium

SEYMOUR HARRIS RATING: 201

SEYMOUR NOTABLE: After a 5-0 start, Seymour was shut out by Hawley 28-0.

CHICO HARRIS RATING: 171

CHICO NOTABLE: Jerod Blanks has thrown for 7 TDs and ran for another 7.

HARRIS LINE: Seymour by 31

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