By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Let’s just say Jamarcus Bradley played a pretty good football game on Friday night and leave it at that.
Still need proof? Well, how about this. The junior quarterback rushed for 375 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries as his Choctaw County Chargers roared from behind to take a thrilling 49-42 Homecoming win over Caledonia.
“We know that he is capable of doing that,” CCHS head coach Adam Dillinger said of Bradley’s performance. “Hopefully he won’t have to do that again for us to win, but it’s nice to have it as an option.”
Bradley scored touchdowns on runs of 37, 12, 37 and 43 yards as the Chargers overcame a 28-12 halftime deficit to move to 5-1 on the season.
While Bradley had a big game, he wasn’t the only Charger to standout on Friday night. Senior T.C. Hatchett played big on both sides of the ball and also showed his skills on special teams.
Hatchett picked off three passes, rushed four times for 86 yards and had two catches for 34 yards. He also opened the game with a 92-yard kickoff return that gave the Chargers a quick 6-0 lead. Caledonia answered to go up 7-6 and then scored 21 points in the third quarter to build its halftime lead. Choctaw County’s second quarter touchdown came on Bradley’s first 37-yard run.
The third quarter was a highlight reel for the Chargers. Bradley opened the 30-point outburst with a 12-yard touchdown, followed by scoring runs of 11 and 65 by Hatchett and then Bradley’s second 37-yard scoring run of the night to give CCHS a 42-35 lead.
Bradley broke free for a 43-yard run to put the winners up by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter before Caledonia answered to cut it to seven points. Hatchett intercepted a pass deep in CCHS territory late in the fourth quarter to turn away another Caledonia scoring attempt.
“We had some lapses on defense that caused us to fall behind, but we started to put some things together on offense,” Dillinger said.
Bradley also hit on 5-of-12 passes for 58 yards, ran for a pair of two-point conversions and hit Ryan Blackwell with a two-point conversion pass.
The Chargers begin Region 5-3A play on Friday night by hosting Raleigh. Dillinger said the entire region would be new ground for his team.
“We just don’t know a lot about the teams in the region,” he said. “And we don’t play a lot of the teams they play in the preseason either, so we really don’t have anything to compare them too.”