Posted on 27 September 2014.
The Dragons Friday night 53-22 victory over the Diamond Hill-Jarvis Eagles started on a somber note. Donald Joe Clark, the 22-year game announcer for Chico High School football died the previous day after a tragic car accident.
His son, Chico Mayor J.D. Clark, spoke following a moment of silence in his father’s memory. Clark’s voice shook as he told the crowd of Chico football fans and family how much they all meant to his dad.
TEARFUL GOODBYE – Chico Mayor J.D. Clark stands near his nephew Cain Clark, 3, prior to speaking to Chico fans about his father Donald Joe Clark, who announced Chico football games for 22 years. Donald Joe Clark died Thursday in a wreck. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford
“Our family will never be the same and neither will the community. We are missing him at home, but we know you are also missing him here,” Clark said. “I don’t know if this stadium will ever be the same without his voice in it. I do know that my dad would not be happy if he thought people weren’t having fun at this football game because of him.
“He loved his sport, he loved this school and he loved this town. So while my family appreciates this moment of silence in my dad’s honor, that is not quite his style. My dad liked noise and he liked spirit and he liked things loud. So tonight as you remember my dad, don’t focus on his absence, focus on his energy, his humor and his spirit.”
The crowd roared and the opening kickoff soon sailed through the air. The Dragons dominated the Eagles nearly the entire game.
Diamond Hill-Jarvis did draw first blood in the opening quarter, matching their season high of six points. It was the only time the Eagles would have the lead. A minute later the Dragons answered back with a touchdown from Kalan Johnson and an extra point kick from Cameron Starnes put Chico ahead and they never looked back.
While the Dragons dominated scoring, neither team was able to gain much momentum as play was stopped frequently by more than 200 total yards of penalty flags. Chico had 11 penalties for 85 yards and Diamond Hill-Jarvis had 16 for 125.
Aside from the penalties both teams suffered injuries in the first half, with Chico’s J.D. Brown taken away via ambulance because of a leg injury.
The Eagles made a surge in the third quarter for 16 points but to no avail, as the Dragons proved too much.
The Dragons’ Tyler Alexander led Chico in rushing with seven carries for 65 yards. Jastin McBee caught four passes for 113 yards and Jericoe McGuire completed 6 for 147 yards.
EXTRA POINTS – Chico’s Jericoe McGuire crosses the paint for two points during the Dragon’s win over Diamond Hill-Jarvis Friday night. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford
CHICO 53, DIAMOND HILL-JARVIS 22
Chico … 9 … 16 … 14 … 14 … – … 53
DH-Jarvis … 6 … 0 … 16 … 0 … – … 22
DH-Jarvis – 6:55, Trey Bentley 2 run, PAT failed.
Chico – 5:45, Kalan Johnson 3 run, Cameron Starnes kick.
Chico – Safety, Cameron Weatherly tackles DH-Jarvis player in end zone.
Chico – 7:57, 26 pass from Jericoe McGuire to Jastin McBee, McGuire run
Chico – 4:18, 35 pass from McGuire to Corbin Blackwood, Pass from McGuire to Weatherly.
Chico – 9:05, 33 pass from Crese Redman to McBee, PAT failed
DH-Jarvis – 5:54, 5 run Ivan Vega, Vega run.
Chico – 3:43, 20 run Tyler Alexander, McBee Run
DH-Jarvis – 1:50, 1 run Sammy Gonzales, Vega Run
Chico – 11:20, 17 run Johnson, pass from Redman to Blackwood
Chico – 6:52, 6 run Redman, Kick failed.
CHICO … DH-JARVIS
First downs … 22 … 15
Rushes-Yards … 25-209 … 51-242
Passing Yards … 237 … 30
Total Yards … 446 … 272
Comp-Att-Int … 11-18-0 … 4-1-0
Punts-Avg … 1-26 … 5-23
Fumbles-Lost … 2-2 … 3-2
Penalties-Yards … 11-85 … 16-125
Rushing: Chico, Alexander 7-65; DH-Jarvis, Eduardo Tolvar 20-91.
Receiving: Chico, McBee 4-113; DH-Jarvis, Gonzales 1-30.
Passing: Chico, McGuire 6-10-0 for 147 yards; DH-Jarvis, Bentley 4-1-0 for 30 yards.