The football season came to a close Friday for Chester County with a 47-12 defeat at the hands of Springfield in the first round of the state playoffs. The hosts struck for a score only three plays into their first series. And while CCHS responded with a tying score, the Yellow Jackets ignored the constant rain showers to easily move on to the next round. Chester County’s Eagles end the season with a 2-8-1 record.
“We knew going into the game they had two or three players with a lot of skill and ability. We knew they would be hard to handle,” said first-year CCHS head coach Steve Robinson. “Springfield is a well coached team.”
Robinson characterized the experience as another stage in life to grow as young men, saying these types of situations do not make you weaker, they make you stronger.
CCHS began the season with an opportunity for a “statement victory,” playing University School of Jackson on the road. With that game tied at seven in the second period, rain and storms forced cancellation of the contest, resulting in a tie, or officially as no game played at all.
“We talked about that game a lot,” said Robinson. “If we had just finished that game, things might have been different. Our region is tough this year, and it was an emotional season. These kids, regardless of their record, grew together like true brothers. They are a tight knit group and they will have good memories of the time they played together.”
Logan Denbow carried the load for the Eagles with 22 yards on 14 tries, but Peyton Doles led in yardage with 60 on only five runs.
Defensively, Chester County was led in tackles by Doles with nine and Kenzie Huddleston with eight. Tyrese Williams, Jackson Thomas and Zack Thomas had three each, with Jakob Henry notching two. Thirteen different Yellow Jackets collected tackles.
Springfield had only 98 yards rushing, but 253 passing on only 17 throws, 13 complete, for four touchdowns. They simply “out-foxed” the CCHS defense on occasion, finding receivers all alone with only the end zone ahead of them.
The Yellow Jackets fumbled the ball to Chester County on their second offensive series, giving the Eagles momentum for their first score of the game. Yet the Eagles gave away the pig skin four times on the day, once on an unintended on-sides kick.
As the uniforms are put away until next fall, Robinson already has his thoughts are what it will take to replace a strong senior class.
“We are going to shake up the school and get some more kids out,” he said. “We lose a lot of seniors. We have to get some more kids in, develop some younger kids and get them ready for next year. That is what we will have to focus on.”