By Kendall Patterson
The Chester County Eagles Football team made their run for the post season, but was defeated by Marshall County Friday night, 49-17, in the first round of the playoffs. The Eagles held in the game until the third quarter.
At the end of the first half, the score was 21-10, but the Eagles started the second half on fire defensively.
The Eagles kicked off to start the half, and forced the tigers to go three and out on offense. Then after the Eagles scored on a pass from Evan Schippers to Peyton Barham, the score deficit decreased to 21-17.
The Eagles got the crowd exicited on the next defensive series when Aidan Timby caught a deep ball for an interception.
Unfortunately, the Eagles’ momentum went away following that instance. Partially due to the fact that they were forced to go one dimensional most of the second half.
Head Coach Dewond Johnson said that even though the seniors are leaving the CCHS Football program, they have made their mark.
“The senior guys, they’ve been awesome. I told them that in the future they’re going to see the fruits that they labored. They started it all. I’m sorry we couldn’t win, the way we wanted it to end, but they’ve been so coachable, worked their butts off and set a tone for the future,” he said.
Then, when it comes to the future of football in Chester, Johnson said, “The sky’s the limit. Get in the weight room. That’s the number one thing. We’ve got to get stronger. That’s the only thing. We’ve got to get stronger.”
This ends Johnson’s first year as an eagle and a head coach and he has loved the support the fans have had for the football team throughout the season.
“As a first time head coach, I could not ask for a better commitment as far as our fans coming all the way up here to watch us play. All year has been great,” he said.
Regular Season Stat Leaders
Passing: Evan Schippers – 1,288 yards; 14 touchdowns
Rushing: Judiaz Williamson – 1,404 yards; 164 carries; 20 touchdowns
Receiving: Chad Barham – 700 yards; 30 catches and 11 touchdowns
Defense: Cooper Bates – 107 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.