7-1 Chargers prepared for big Region 5-3A stretch

By Austin Bishop

The Choctaw Plaindealer

 

Adam Dillinger has enjoyed the 7-1 start his first-year Choctaw County Chargers have gotten off to, but he also knows things are about to get serious.

“It’s not going to get any easier for us,” Dillinger said of the last three games on his team’s regular-season schedule. “All three of these teams are good football teams and each week just progressively gets tougher.”

The Chargers scored three quick touchdowns on the way to a 35-6 win over Choctaw Central last week to improve to 2-0 in Region 5-3A play, but the top four places in the league will likely be sorted out before the end of October.

CCHS hosts 3-5 Southeast Lauderdale for the last regular-season home game, before closing things out on the road against Forest and Philadelphia. The PHS Tornadoes are ranked No. 4 in the state in Class 3A by the Jackson-Clarion Ledger with their only loss on the season being to top-ranked Louisville.

“We have our work cut out for us,” Dillinger said. “We are continuing to get better and that’s important. But what we have to focus on now is a very good Southeast Lauderdale team. They are very athletic and have several good receivers. It will be a challenge.”

Southeast Lauderdale is 1-1 in Region 5-3A action, with a win over Choctaw Central (42-6) and a 39-0 loss to Forest last week. The Tigers other four losses have come to class 4A schools in Newton County, Northeast Lauderdale, Northeast Jones and West Lauderdale. Other than Choctaw Central, SEL has wins over class 2A foes Newton High School (30-14) and Clarkdale (49-6).

Junior quarterback Jamarcus Bradley had another big game for the Chargers last week, as he hit on 5-of-11 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 41 yards and another touchdown on three carries.

Choctaw County’s first two touchdowns of the first quarter came on passes from Bradley to Hatchett, while the third came on a pass from Bradley to Willie Miller, who finished the night with two catches for 55 yards. The Chargers’ second-quarter touchdowns can on runs by Bradley and Anquan Smith, who finished the night with a team-high 75 rushing yards on four carries.

Tay Edwards had 65 rushing yards on five carries, while Clay Grissom had two catches for 19 yards, Jazay Davis had one catch for 24 yards, Woody Vowell completed two of four passes for 19 yards and David Ramirez was good on all five of his extra point attempts.