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Rams' early strikes spark 35-14 victory over Jackets

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Heath Joplin

 

 

CHESTERFIELD – The Buford Yellow Jackets ventured to Chesterfield on Friday night looking to snap their three-game losing streak.

That chore was a tough task considering those three loses have all came in region play, where the Jackets have scored a total of seven points.

Conversely, the Rams have averaged 28 points per game in their three region contests.

It was much of the same as CHS cruised to a 35-14 win over Buford.

Early on, the Rams showed this game would be no different.

After Buford quietly went three and out, CHS went 72 yards in 10 plays. The Rams capped the drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Dillon Rivers to Chuck Jackson for a 7-0 lead after Michael Smith’s extra point.

On the drive, Rivers, surpassed the 10,000-yard mark for career passing yards.

After another quick BHS possession, Rivers and the Rams went back to work, taking four snaps to reach the end zone.

Quan Watson’s 12-yard score put CHS up 14-0 after Smith’s kick.

“That’s the one thing we didn’t want to do,” BHS coach Mike Wells said. “Chesterfield has that big strike capability and its never easy to play from behind. That made it tough.”

Buford began to battle back in the second quarter.

BHS started the drive on its 46 and took advantage of the great field position.

After consecutive carries of 27 and 15 yards by Nic Chavis, the Jackets were at the CHS 17.

Chavis, on a 16-yard dash, took the ball to the one.

BHS quarterback Scotti Moser took it in for the score. Wade Lambert’s point-after cut the Rams’ lead to 14-7.

Chavis, who rushed for 58 yards on the drive, finished with 180 yards for the game.

Chesterfield was quick to squash any Jackets’ comeback hopes.

The Rams scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter, one a 48-yard touchdown pass from Rivers to Jackson, his second of the game.

The other CHS score came on a pick six as Rams linebacker Trey Melton took the interception in from 37 yards out to give CHS a 28-7 halftime lead.

“Once again the big play was a key factor,” Wells said. “We’re only down 14-7 and all of a sudden its 28-7. That’s obviously a big difference.”

After a scoreless third quarter, the Rams opened the fourth period with a 35-yard touchdown pass, Rivers’ third of the night.

To the Jackets’ credit, they battled to the end.

Moser, who had converted a huge fourth and five with a 17-yard run, connected with Garrett Crenshaw on a 13-yard completion for the touchdown.

Crenshaw’s scoring catch was his first TD of the season.

Lambert drilled the kick for the final 35-14 verdict.

BHS, with the loss, fell to 3-6, 0-4.

“The guys are playing hard and with a lot of effort,” Wells said. “Hopefully that will pay off for us next Friday at Indian Land.”

Indian Land, 1-7, 0-4, dropped a 47-24 home loss to Andrew Jackson on Friday night.

Buford opened the season, posting a 28-22 home win over the Warriors.