By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Chase County’s junior high football team is 2-0 after its first two games of the season.
Imperial hosted Holyoke on Sept. 4 for its season opener.
After stopping Holyoke on their first drive, Chase County scored on a TD run by Scott Wheeler. The PAT was missed, but Imperial led 6-0.
After stopping Holyoke again, the Longhorns scored on another TD run by Kadin Vrbas. Kalen Wallin ran in the PAT, upping the score 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was more of the same, with Chase County again scoring on TD runs by Scott Wheeler and Evan Fisher. One of the PATs was missed; the other was run in by Fisher.
At the half, Chase County led 28-0.
The Shorthorns scored a final TD in the third quarter on another TD run by Vrbas.
Holyoke put across their lone TD midway through the fourth quarter.
Individual stats were unavailable due to problems with the filming equipment.
Points by quarters:
CCS 14 14 6 0—34
Holyoke 0 0 0 6— 6
Chase County hosted Wray, Colo., last Thursday, winning 12-0.
Both team defenses were in control early, as Wray punted after their first two possessions. Imperial punted once, then turned the ball over on downs.
After Wray failed to convert a fourth down on their third possession, Chase County had two big plays that led to the only offensive TD of the game.
First, Cole Wilson made a nice catch on a tipped ball for a 23-yard gain, then Kadin Vrbas scored on a 25-yard TD run. The PAT was missed, but Chase County led 6-0 early in the second quarter.
Defenses again controlled the remainder of the first half, with both teams fumbling once and failing to convert fourth downs. The half ended with Imperial leading 6-0.
Imperial scored quickly to open the second half, when Vrbas took the opening kickoff 84 yards for a TD. Parker Dillan had a great block on the play, which helped Vrbas break the first wave of defenders.
The PAT was again missed, but Chase County led 12-0 just moments into the second half.
Both teams again had trouble moving the ball in the second half, with each team turning the ball over twice. Midway through the fourth quarter, Dillan had a nice punt of 47 yards to pin Wray deep in its own territory.
Chase County was able to hold them deep, then run out the clock for the 12-0 victory.
Points by quarters:
CCS 0 6 6 0—12
Wray 0 0 0 0— 0
Rushing—Kadin Vrbas 7 carries, 74 yards; Scott Wheeler 7 carries, 27 yards; Kalen Wallin 6 carries, 19 yards
Passing—Wheeler 1-4, for 23 yards
Receiving—Cole Wilson 1 catch, 23 yards.
Tackles—Parker Dillan 7, Kalen Wallin 7, Cole Wilson 4, Braden Space 4.
Last home game Thursday
The Shorthorns will play their final home game today (Thursday) against Hershey. Kickoff is at 5 p.m.
On Sept. 23, Chase County travels to Ogallala for a 5:30 p.m. game, then close out the season at North Platte St. Pat’s Oct. 2 with a 5 p.m. MT contest.