Utilizing repeatedly excellent field position, CHS claims 35-0 halftime lead on way to 49-8 thumping of Kirksville Friday. Brett Shaffer runs for 101 yards, catches three passes for another 120, scores three times, while Josh Kille runs for 111 with four TDs
By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — With their defensive and special teams providing starting position in enemy territory for four of their first five possessions, the Chillicothe High School football Hornets overwhelmed the visiting Kirksville Tigers 49-8 Friday (Aug. 25) to improve to 2-0 on the young 2017 season.
Behind consistently-effefctive blocking, three scoring runs by Josh Kille and two longer ones by fellow senior Brett Shaffer enabled CHS to gain a 35-0 lead at halftime, causing the entire second half to be played with so-called “running clock” timekeeping procedures.
Any doubt about the eventual result was effectively dispelled when, already up 28-zip, the home team – which had three single-play scoring possessions – zipped 94 yards in only five plays and 1:28 to score a fifth time. A 38-yards pass from senior quarterback Jack Willard to Shaffer and Dylan Munson’s 33-yards run on the next snap set up J. Kille’s 1-yard TD run.
While both J. Kille (111 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries) and Shaffer (4-101, 2 TDs) surpassed the century mark on the ground, J. Willard connected on four of his six throws, reaping 127 yards. Shaffer had three of the receptions for 120 more yards. The air game included a 64-yards scoring strike to Shaffer for the Hornets’ last touchdown with a couple of minutes left in the third quarter.
With having had the season opener the week before limited to two quarters by a thunderstorm, Chillicothe kept its starters in the game – against Kirksville’s first-stringers – for three quarters to build their game conditioning and get some game-speed work in on additional plays in their playbook before entertaining 6-times defending Midland Empire Conference champion Maryville in both teams’ league opener next Friday.
Maryville (2-0) pulled away a bit in the fourth quarter at Kansas City: St. Pius X to win 40-20. That was a 1-score game late in the third period.
Statistically, while the CHS attack unofficially finished with a smidgen under 400 yards of total offense, the Hornets defense was holding Kirksville (0-2) to about 125 total yards and a handful of first downs.
The lone Tigers score was on a 47-yards catch-and-run by Matt Williams with a Patrick Dempsay pass against CHS reserves in the fourth quarter.
The CHS defense held worrisome KHS big-play threat Blake Lewis to two rushing yards on five carries and no receptions and registered nine tackles for lost yardage, including sacks by Eric Davis and Trace Staton.