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Football: Dragons hope to take step to playoffs

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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With the heroics of Nico Starnes returning a kickoff in the fourth quarter, the Chico Dragons rallied to beat Olney last year to earn a playoff spot out of District 5-2A Division I.

The Dragons will head to Olney Friday looking to again get the inside track at earning one of the league’s playoff spots. This time they hope to accomplish it without the dramatic ending.

“We got lucky last year,” said Chico coach Lane Wilson. “This is a big game for us. We need to win it. They are going to bring everything they’ve got. They see this as their chance to get into the playoffs.”

Olney enters the game at 0-7. The Cubs scored their first touchdown of the season last week in the 67-7 loss to Windthorst in their district opener. Parker Mayers scored on a 35-yard run.

“They have some good looking athletes. They’ve played a lot of really good teams,” Wilson said. “We are going to have to play well.”

Chico is coming off a 34-0 loss to Seymour that ended its two-game winning streak and dropped them to 3-4.

The Dragons finished with just 103 yards in the loss and had four turnovers.

“We didn’t get off to the best of starts. With their defensive line, we had a hard time getting anything going,” Wilson said. “When we did get something going, we had a turnover or another mistake.”

Seymour scored 28 points in the first quarter. After the big start, Chico held the Panthers to just two field goals.

“Their speed caught us by surprise. It took us a while to adjust,” Wilson said. “Once we did, we played OK.”

SEYMOUR 34, CHICO 0

Seymour … 28 … 3 … 0 … 3 … – … 34
Chico … 0 … 0 … 0 … 0 … – … 0

FIRST QUARTER

Seymour – 8:09, Cade Holden 6 run, Cain Schoonover kick
Seymour – 7:54, Garrett Siegert 26 interception return, Cain Schoonover kick
Seymour – 5:20, David Watson 48 punt return, Cain Schoonover kick
Seymour – 1:25, Garrett Siegert 36 pass from Holden, Cain Schoonover kick

SECOND QUARTER

Seymour – 1:08, Cain Schoonover 34 field goal

FOURTH QUARTER

Seymour – 3:38, Cain Schoonover 42 field goal

SEYMOUR … CHICO

First Downs … 13 … 15
Rushes-Yards … 28-133 … 30-104
Passing Yards … 214 … -1
Total Yards … 347 … 103
Comp-Att-Int … 16-25-0 … 3-11-1
Punts-Average … 1-28 … 6-38.5
Fumbles-Lost … 0-0 … 4-3
Penalties-Yards … 4-40 … 4-23

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Seymour, Cade Holden 17-58, David Watson 9-65. Chico, Jerod Blanks 16-41, Nico Starnes 9-57, Logan Ellis 5-6.

PASSING: Seymour, Cade Holden 15-24-0-214. Chico, Jerod Blanks 3-11-1-(minus 1).

RECEIVING: Seymour, Garrett Seigert 7-126, Collin Gann 2-36. Chico, Nico Starnes 1-1, Billy Morgan 2-(minus 2).

CHICO (3-4) AT OLNEY (0-7)

7 p.m., Friday at Cub Stadium

CHICO HARRIS RATING: 169

CHICO NOTABLE: The Dragons had minus 1 passing yards last week against Seymour.

OLNEY HARRIS RATING: 134

OLNEY NOTABLE: The Cubs scored their first touchdown last week against Windthorst.

HARRIS LINE: Chico by 35

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