By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Adam Dillinger had been preaching to his team over and over that they were going to have to be at their best over the last three weeks of the season.
His Choctaw County Chargers must have understood the message. They came out and scored touchdowns on each of their first five possessions on the way to a solid 45-0 home win over Region 5-3A foe Southeast Lauderdale on Friday night, in the last regular-season home game of the year for CCHS.
“I think we played very well,” Dillinger said. “It was the most complete football game we have played all year.”
The win pushed the Chargers to 8-1 overall and 3-0 in league play heading into Friday night’s road trip to Forest. After facing the Bearcats, the Chargers will close out the regular season at Philadelphia.
“Right now, we are focused on Forest,” Dillinger said. “That is the only thing we are thinking about. We will start working on Philadelphia, but right now it’s all about Forest.”
The Bearcats are 6-3 overall and 2-1 in league play, with that only region loss being 34-27 to Philadelphia.
“They are real good and they are huge,” Dillinger said of the FHS Bearcats. “They are going to try and power over you. They play smash mouth football and will try and bloody your nose.”
Forest has wins over a trio of Class 4A schools this year in Newton County (10-7), Kosciusko (13-7) and Northeast Lauderdale (28-12). The Bearcats have taken league wins over Southeast Lauderdale (39-0) and Raleigh (15-14).
A win on Friday will secure CCHS of at least a second-place finish in Region 5-3A.
Junior quarterback Jamarcus Bradley had another big game for the Chargers against Southeast Lauderdale, as he rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries and hit on two-of-four passes for 47 yards.
Choctaw County led 12-0 after one quarter of play as Bradley scored on runs of 14 and 15 yards. CCHS picked up a trio of touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 32-0 halftime lead, as Bradley broke free for a 35-yard touchdown run, T.C. Hatchett scored on a run of 3 yards and Bradley scored on a 6-yard run.
The third quarter saw Marquel Kennedy return a blocked punt 18 yards for a touchdown, while Hatchett scored on a 20-yard run in the fourth. Hatchett finished the night with 64 rushing yards on seven attempts and had one catch for 14 yards. Jazay Davis caught one pass for 33 yards. David Ramirez was good on three extra point kicks for the winners.