Chargers close out strong to take first win for homecoming

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The homestanding Chargers of Choctaw County High School ripped off 24 unanswered points in the second half to post a 38-21 win over Bruce on Friday night.

It was the first win of the year for CCHS, which improves to 1-5 overall on the season heading into its Region 5-3A opener against visiting Kemper County on Friday night.

“I thought we played well,” said CCHS head coach Adam Dillinger. “We picked up a little momentum there late in the game and I thought it gave us confidence. We felt like we had a chance to win a few more games, but we have young kids. All our kids really needed was a win. Now we need to keep improving.”

Charger offense linesup

Charger offense linesup

Chargers kickoff after the score

Chargers kickoff after the score

Dillinger says his team will face a tough challenge when the Wildcats of Kemper County pay a visit on Friday.

Choctaw Cheerleaders perform at the Homecoming parade.

Choctaw Cheerleaders perform at the Homecoming parade.

“The are very good, are well coached and have really good athletes,” he said. “That is a recipe for a good team. They do everything well. People think they just sling the ball around, but they are very well balanced. They can run, they block well, and they can pass. They also tackle well and play good defense.”

Machen Bennett is crowned

Machen Bennett is crowned

KCHS took a big 29-28 win over Noxubee County on Friday night to improve to 3-2 on the year. The losses were to Columbus (49-27) and Louisville (27-20).

Bruce broke a 14-14 halftime tie with CCHS on Friday night thanks to a 73-yard pass from Wesley Ross to Jordon Glaspie. CCHS fought back to tie the game at 21-21 on a 6-yard run by Jalen Esters and the extra point kick by David Ramirez.

7th Grade Maid Maddie Stevenson and her escort Brian Threadgill during the Homeoming parade.

7th Grade Maid Maddie Stevenson and her escort Brian Threadgill during the Homeoming parade.

Chargers football players participate in the parade.

Chargers football players participate in the parade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Ramirez knocked through a 27-yard field goal to give the winners the lead at 24-21, Choctaw County closed out the scoring with touchdown runs of 2 and 14 yards by Chris Townsel.

 

Chargers looking to score in the game.

Chargers looking to score in the game.

Townsel finished the night with 145 rushing yards and three touchdowns and 23 carries for Choctaw County, while Woody Vowell had 16 carries for 46 yards and hit on 2-of-9 passes for 24 yards.

“It’s always a team effort when you have a good performance,” Dillinger said of Townsel’s big night. No one person does it by himself in football. He ran the ball very hard and we did a good job of blocking.”

The week preceding the Homecoming game, held a parade and the  students also participated in spirit activities such as Jock vs. Nerd Day, Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Day (students wore orange), Homecoming T-shirt Day and Dress Up Day. The 8th Grade and 11th Grade won the Homecoming Panel Competition which took place that week as well. (Above) the band marches during the HC parade.

The week preceding the Homecoming game, held a parade and the students also participated in spirit activities such as Jock vs. Nerd Day, Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Day (students wore orange), Homecoming T-shirt Day and Dress Up Day. The 8th Grade and 11th Grade won the Homecoming Panel Competition which took place that week as well. (Above) the band marches during the HC parade.

Choctaw County scored first in the game on a 1-yard run by Vowell. Ross scored on runs of 2 and 4 yards for Bruce to put the visiting Trojans up 14-6. Choctaw County tied the game at 14-14 at the half thanks to a 2-yard run by Townsel and the ensuing two-point conversion run by Townsel.