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Many unhappy returns
Rams batter NC with big plays in 49-18 win
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NC DEFENSIVE END Tristan McCathern has a firm hold on Chesterfield running back Quan Watson in this play from the first half of Fridays AA Division II playoff game at the Battle Grounds in Chesterfield.
CHESTERFIELD – While Chesterfield, as a whole, may not be a team which would pass many “eye tests,” the Rams are downright eye-popping in the skill positions.Returning the game-opening kickoff, a punt and an interception for touchdowns, the hosts ended North Central’s season with a 49-18 win in a first round class AA Division II playoff contest on Friday.The setback capped a 3-7 campaign for Louis Clyburn’s troops which were victimized by the big play from the get-go on a chilly night at the Battle Grounds in Chesterfield.Ike Allred’s charges, which finished third in Region 4-AA and advanced to Friday’s second round pairing at Ninety-Six, had 253 yards on the aforementioned trio of returns. Thanks to those plays and quick-strike scores, the Rams ran just 39 offensive plays for 265 yards. Across the way, the Knights snapped the ball 57 times and picked up 238 yards with junior tailback William Jenkins going for 143 yards on 26 carries.“The ball just didn’t bounce our way on specials teams, that was, ultimately, our problem,” Clyburn said after meeting with his team for the final time.