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