Chargers looking to up level of play as region play continues

By Austin Bishop

The Choctaw Plaindealer


The Choctaw County High School Chargers seem to have found their offense over the last two weeks. Veteran head football coach Adam Dillinger said his team’s timing is good, because this is the time of year football teams have to get better.

“We better be playing our best,” Dillinger said. “These are when the games start counting. The last two weeks we have been executing well and have finally started being able to run the ball.”

The Chargers opened Region 5-3A play last Friday with a convincing 48-25 home win over Raleigh and hit the road for the second of five consecutive league games this week when they travel to Philadelphia to take on Choctaw Central.

Choctaw County took a 13-0 first quarter lead over the visiting Lions on Friday night, and then added a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to take a commanding 28-7 halftime lead.

Junior quarterback Jamarcus Bradley had another big night for the Chargers rushing for 157 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries and also hitting on 5-of-8 passes for 83 yards and another score. Tay Edwards rushed for 115 yards on 12 tries, while T.C. Hatchett had three carries for 79 yards and caught one pass for 39 yards. He also scored a pair of touchdowns.

CCHS went up 13-0 at the end of one quarter thanks to a 6-yard touchdown run by Edwards, a 39-yard pass from Bradley to Hatchett and the first of five successful extra point kicks off the foot of David Ramirez.

The Chargers second-quarter scores came on touchdown runs of 8 and 9 yards by Bradley, while CCHS used a pair of big plays to add two third-quarter touchdowns. The first came on a 65-yard scamper by Bradley, before Hatchett raced in from 80 yards out. The last touchdown for Choctaw County came on an 11-yard run by Bradley in the fourth quarter.

Clay Grissom and Jazay Davis had two catches each for CCHS, while Marquel Kennedy, Kavon Dobbs and Woody Vowell led the defense with seven tackles apiece. Grissom had five tackles and Jay Davis four for the winners, while Hatchett had two interceptions and Kennedy, Vowell and Grissom recorded one each. Jamarcus Fair recovered a fumble for CCHS, while Jay Davis recorded a sack.

Choctaw Central comes into Friday night’s game with a 1-6 record, with the Warriors only win coming 56-28 over Cherokee (N.C.) in the third game of the season. Choctaw Central opened region play with a 42-6 loss to Southeast Lauderdale last week.

After taking on the Warriors, Choctaw County hits a tough three-game challenge when they host Southeast Lauderdale on Oct. 18 and then visit perennial 3A strong boys Forest and Philadelphia to close out the regular season.

“I think the best three (region) teams we play are the last three weeks,” Dillinger said. “And the teams progressively get better each week. Traditionally Forest and Philadelphia are strong and Southeast (Lauderdale) has some really good athletes.”