Friday, September 4, 2015

THE WRAP: Battle Of Chester Defensively Dominated

(RVA Sports Network correspondent Preston Hausser filed this report...)

Skyhawks Trounce Knights behind Defensive Explosion

            L. C. Bird is known for two things: state championships and domination on offense. However, even when their offense isn’t playing at its usual elite-caliber level, the Skyhawks always find a way to embarrass their opponents. On Friday night, Bird crushed Thomas Dale 35-7 in a Battle of Chester that saw L. C. Bird score 3 of their touchdowns off Dale turnovers.
            Bird’s Chris Hayden and Kumonde Hines each recovered a fumble for a touchdown, 50 and 40 yards respectively, while Jalen Elliot caught an interception and returned it 80 yards for another score. Much better on defense than offense, Elliot was virtually nonexistent from the quarterback position, with zero passing yards, no completions and 2 interceptions. The only bright spot in Bird’s offense came from the two running backs, JB Wright and Shedrick McCall. Wright ran for 197 yards on 15 carries and 2 TDs, while McCall entered in the 3rd quarter and bulldozed through Dale’s defense with his 6’1” 235-pound frame. The junior tallied up 68 yards on 13 carries.
            At first glance, Dale looked mediocre at best, but in reality, the Knights put together a good all-around team effort, which unfortunately did not result in many scores. Six Thomas Dale players rushed the ball for positive yardage, while Davonte Russell led all backs with 37 yards on 6 carries. Quarterback Matthew Lawton finished 4/12 with 44 passing yards, a problem that the Knights will need to work on this week at practice.

            Bird improves to 2-0 and will play at home versus Midlothian next Friday, while Dale drops to 1-1 and will face Varina on Friday as well. A game that was meant to be close to the finish ended as a blowout, though neither team played to their full potential in the 2015 edition of the Battle of Chester.

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