In front of huge Homecoming crowd Friday, Sept. 15, Hornets hold St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond to -10 rushing yards, run for 375 themselves in 42-8 triumph
By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — When the Chillicothe High School football Hornets’ defense aced a surprise, opening-minute quiz and the player who inadvertently put them to the test atoned for doing so as quickly as he could, the foundation was in place for the Hornets’ fifth-straight victory to begin the 2017 season, an eventual 42-8 Homecoming triumph over visiting St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond at a jam-packed Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium II.
Following a lost CHS fumble at its 41 on the game’s first play from scrimmage, the Chillicothe defense took the field and kept Bishop LeBlond from sooring, via Kayde Burton’s partial block of a 30-yards field goal attempt.
Following that play, senior fullback Josh Kille, whose second-effort fumble had given the St. Joseph team its quick chance, carried six times on the ensuing 10-plays march, gaining 49 of its 80 yards, including the last one on a left-side carry. His 1-yard touchdown run would be the first of four scores he’d had and the 49 yards part of the unofficial 134 he’d pick up and 375 the team would accumulate as CHS (5-0, 3-0 conf.) pulled away to the decisive Midland Empire Conference victory.
With Chillicothe’s lines dominating on both sides of the ball, Brett Shaffer added a game-best 146 rushing yards and a score, while the Golden Eagles (2-3, 1-2 conf.) netted -10 yards running.
All four Hornets opening-half scores were on either 1- or 2-yards run. J. Kille then added his four tuchdown of the game on a 20-yards run late in the third quarter and senior quarterback Jack WIllard scrambled 18 yards to the end zone in the final segment.
Down 42-0, Bishop LeBlond’s Jake Raczkowski returned the kickoff after J. Willard’s touchdown about 75 yards to the CHS 13, Nathaniel Bentrup’s 18-yards scoring reception on which he broke two tackles and made two other Hornets miss ended the Chillicothe defense’s stretch of scoreless minutes at about 135.
Statistically, with Friday’s suffocation of the Bishop LeBlond ground game, CHS’ defense now, unofficially, amazingly has throttled opponents to a mere164 yards on 114 carries in five games this season, an average of fewer than 40 yards per contest and under 1.5 yards per attempt.
In Friday's game, Chillicothe defenders made 12 tackles behind the line of scrimmage out of 48 total BLHS snaps for a combined 50 lost yards. Four of the "TFLs" were quarterback sacks – two by senior tackle/end Kayde Burton, one by sophomore end Isiah Kille, and one shared by senior tackle Walker Graves and junior end Cade Koehly. Burton now has a team-leading three sacks.
Among the interior linemen on the CHS offensive line which paved the way to the, unofficially, season-high 375 rushing yards was senior center Isaiah Boon, who, in post-game ceremonies, was announced as 2017 Homecoming king. Elena Boon was voted by the student body as Homecoming queen.
Chillicothe will be at home again next Friday against st. Joseph: Lafayette, which sustained its first defeat of 2017 Friday when it was shut out, 35-0, at unbeaten Smithville.