The scorching sun rose on the Chester High football team on Sunday, but in turn, set upon the Sun Valley Vanguards. The beaming ball in the sky did not allow the Clippers a victory without a few battle scars, however; a sort of rite of passage into the realm of success.
In a game where hydration quickly became a factor, Chester players were dropping to the ground nearly every possession with leg cramps. But they grunted it out and won their first game of the year.
With both teams coming off big losses in their openers, something needed to give. Step in Chester offense. Early in the game, the Clippers’ running backs were on display as Darrell Nicholson (#1) and Amin Abdullah (#13) ran wild against the Sun Valley defense en route to a QB sneak for a touchdown by Breyon Chambers (#10).
In the second quarter, the Clippers took to the air and caught Sun Valley’s cornerbacks napping; completing a 33-yard pass and a 42-yarder for a touchdown from Chambers to Anthony Jackson (#7).
As the momentum had clearly swung in Chester’s favor, their coach, Chuck Crews, could be heard from just about any point on the field bellowing, “That’s what happens when you use your head; that’s what happens when you use your head!”
At halftime, Chester led Sun Valley, 12-7. To start the second half, Sun Valley attempted an onside kick recovery which was unsuccessful. It was one of four onside kicks they attempted; three of them were peppered throughout the normal flow of the game, while the last one was a late game necessity.
Chester’s Nicholson had perhaps the play of the game in the third quarter when he…