Changing the culture: New Chico athletic director starting fresh

Published Saturday, June 23, 2018
By Reece Waddell

New athletic director and head football coach Clay Sanders has already started changing the culture in Chico.

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Football: Wilson named OC – Former Chico athletic director lands at Paradise

Published Saturday, June 23, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Former Chico athletic director and head football coach Lane Wilson has accepted the offensive coordinator position at Paradise.

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Football: Chico hires new AD – District tabs Sanders as next football coach

Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Chico ISD hired Clayton Sanders as its next athletic director and head football coach by a unanimous 7-0 vote at Monday's school board meeting.

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Football: Chico ISD, Wilson separate – Former AD put on administrative leave

Published Wednesday, February 28, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Chico ISD and Lane Wilson have reached terms on a separation agreement, according to documents obtained by the Messenger through an open records request.

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Football: Chico searching for AD – District mum on why former coach was removed

Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Chico ISD hopes to have its new head football coach and athletic director selected by the end of February, Chico ISD Superintendent Don Elsom said Tuesday morning.

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Chico AD, football coach position opens

Published Saturday, January 27, 2018
By Richard Greene

The Chico Dragons will have a new football coach and athletic director next fall.

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Football: Valley View, Epperson throttle Dragons

Published Saturday, November 18, 2017
By Reece Waddell

On Chico's first play from scrimmage Thursday night, senior quarterback Jerod Blanks darted down the field for a 36-yard gain, putting the Dragons in prime position to get on the board first.

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Valley View blasts Chico, knocks Dragons out of playoffs for second straight year

Valley View blasts Chico, knocks Dragons out of playoffs for second straight year

Published Thursday, November 16, 2017
By Reece Waddell

On Chico’s first play from scrimmage Thursday night, senior quarterback Jerod Blanks darted down the field for a 36-yard gain – putting the Dragons in prime position to get on the board first. With the opportunity to jump out to an early lead against a Valley View team that entered the game as 38-point favorites, […]

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Football: Chico looks to play spoiler

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017
By Reece Waddell

Coming off a close 15-14 loss to Alvord in the regular season finale, the Chico Dragons will hope to play spoiler in the bi-district round of the playoffs against Valley View. Chico and Valley View square off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Krum High School. The top seed out of 6-2A Division I, Valley View finished the season 9-1, with its only blemish coming in the first game of the year. The Eagles are currently on a nine-game winning streak. While this is Chico's second consecutive season to make the playoffs after a 15-year drought, it is also the second straight year the Dragons draw the Eagles in the bi-district round. Valley View romped Chico 68-20 last year to knock the Dragons out of the postseason "[We're] definitely excited about getting the chance to play in the playoffs again," said Chico coach Lane Wilson. "It's a whole new season. Anything can happen." The Dragons ended the regular season on a two-game losing skid, and have struggled at times offensively. Chico was shutout against Seymour, and managed just seven points against Santo. The Dragons are led on offense by senior quarterback Jerod Blanks, who finished the season 66-for-145 for 784 yards and seven touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Dragons' defense will be forced to contend with Valley View's high-octane duo of quarterback Brady Jackson and running back by Clint Epperson, who combined for seven touchdowns in last year's playoff victory. The Eagles averaged 40.8 points per game this season while their defense surrendered just 20.8 points per contest. "We're going to have to tackle [Epperson]," Wilson said. "We have to win some battles up front and the secondary is going to have to come downhill and play. [Valley View] isn't real fancy in what they do, but they're good at what they do." The winner advances to the area round and will play the winner of Crawford and Riesel. Valley View enters the game as 38-point favorites, according to Harris Ratings Weekly. "We're definitely underdogs," Wilson said. "We have nothing to lose. It's the same team we played last year, and they pretty much beat us as badly as they wanted to. I'm hoping Valley View doesn't take us very seriously, and maybe we could upset them."

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Football: Bulldogs hold off Dragons

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017
By Messenger Staff

When Jerod Blanks scored on a 4-yard run and added the two-point try with 3:11 to go in the third quarter, an Alvord two-score halftime lead had dwindled to just a point.

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Alvord holds off Chico for third in 5-2AI

Published Saturday, November 11, 2017
By Messenger staff

When Jerod Blanks scored on a 4-yard run and added the two-point try with 3:11 to go in the third quarter, an Alvord two-score halftime lead had dwindled to just a point. The Alvord defense made the lead hold up over final 15 minutes as the Bulldogs squeaked out the 15-14 victory over the rival Chico Dragons.

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Football: Alvord, Chico battle for playoff seeding

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

More than just bragging rights will be on the line Friday night when the Alvord Bulldogs and Chico Dragons renew their neighborly battle.

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Football: Chico waits for finale

Published Saturday, November 4, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Chico Dragons had Friday night off before gearing up for the final week of the regular season and a showdown with rival Alvord.

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Football: Alvord picks up first win

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Alvord Bulldogs put themselves in position to return to the playoffs for a fourth straight season Friday night.

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Trojans, Pennartz run by Dragons

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Messenger staff

Windthorst’s Koy Pennartz ran for 266 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Trojans to a 59-20 victory Friday night.

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Football: Chico makes bid for higher seed

Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Chico Dragons put a virtual lock on a playoff spot last week with the hammering of Olney.

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Football: Legends of the Week for Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017
By Richard Greene

Football: Legends of the Week for Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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Football: Bulls capture first district victory

Published Saturday, October 21, 2017
By Richard Greene

Ethan Herschler's 61-yard pass to Colton Waters with 10:05 left in the fourth quarter lifted the Bridgeport Bulls to 21-14 win over Krum Friday night.

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Chico hammers Olney, 55-12

Published Saturday, October 21, 2017
By Messenger staff

Chico’s Dragons took a big step toward securing a playoff spot Friday as they went on the road and handed Olney a 55-12 defeat.

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Football: Dragons hope to take step to playoffs

Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017
By Richard Greene

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.

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