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Chesterfield breaks out of skid with 63-0 win over NC

Posted: October 4, 2010 10:44 a.m.
Updated: October 4, 2010 10:42 a.m.

As far as Louis Clyburn is concerned, Chesterfield has a lousy sense of timing.

Snapping a three-game skid, Chesterfield did it in a big way in handing Clyburn and North Central a 63-0 loss in the Region 3-A opener played on a soggy surface at CHS Friday night.

The loss extended the Knights’ (1-5) own skid to four games. Steve Taneyhill and company improved to 3-3 on the season.

Despite the one-sided outcome, Clyburn was upbeat about his team’s play. A year ago, the Golden Rams whipped the Knights, 71-0, scoring in an assorted variety of ways, many touchdowns coming as the result of NC mistakes.

“We played better than we did against them last year,” Clyburn said. “We’re better. And, it wasn’t like last year when they scored so many touchdowns so many different ways against us; on special teams, interceptions and fumble recoveries. This time, they scored by playing good, fundamental football.

“We gave them a short field just one time. Their other scores came on 60- to 70-yard drives. Their offense was clicking all night. They would get runs of five, six or seven yards and then hit us with a 20-yard pass on most of their drives.”

The Golden Rams jumped out to a 46-0 lead midway through the third quarter. From that point on, both coaches cleared their respective benches. Clyburn said he was pleased that his starters held the hosts to less than 50 points in their stint.

“We kept it below 50. Those last two touchdowns came when we put in our junior varsity players and so did (Taneyhill),” Clyburn said.  “It was a wet field over there and I didn’t want our kids to get hurt.

“But, they’re (Chesterfield) pretty good. They’re just stronger and faster than we are, right now.”

The wet field may have helped lead to a pair of NC injuries. Junior wide out/return man Shawn Thomas left the game with an injured ankle while, a wet ball may have led to an errant shotgun snap to sophomore quarterback Grayson King, who sustained a back injury while being tackled on the play.

“I thought Grayson did a good job of managing the game while he was in there,” Clyburn said

With King on the sidelines, NC sent out freshman Tristan McCathern, who played the entire second half in getting a baptism under fire courtesy of the Golden Rams’ defense.

“Tristan played well. He did all right,” Clyburn said of his back-up quarterback.

Defensively, Clyburn said his front seven may have played too well.

“We tackled much better and we put a lot of pressure on their quarterback,” Clyburn said. “By putting so much pressure on him, we had to play man-to-man in the secondary against their receivers, which probably hurt us.”

The Knights played their first game without 6-foot-4 wide receiver Emmanuel Moorer, who is out for the second with a broken ankle. His absence was felt on this night.

“Not having Emmanuel hurts us a little bit,” Clyburn said. “He can make plays for us, especially big third down pass plays.”

On the ground, Clyburn said NC tailback Tavarus Porter, who is not at 100 percent following an ankle injury, had several runs cut short by his slipping on the wet grass. The speedster was given several breathers in the backfield by 225-pound fullback Zac Hall, who is proving to be a player who will get the ball more times from here on.

“We are going to keep using Zac in a rotation at running back. He hurt their guys with his running a couple of times,” Clyburn said of his bruising back. “We want to be able to keep our guys fresh back there. That’s something we’ve been thinking about doing.”

The Knights will try to get back on the winning trail when Great Falls comes to Boonetown on Friday night.

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