Chargers run over Northeast
Sep 13, 2011 | 920 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By Anthony Cook

Sports Editor

The Chargers appear to be gaining experience.

After new faces filled new roles in a week-one loss to Olpe, the Chargers got their first victory of the year in a big way with a 54-6 win over Northeast Friday night.

In the win, the Chargers racked up 583 yards total, with 420 of those coming on the ground.

A group of fairly young backs handled the load for Cherryvale.

“We had 13 total different ball carriers and no one carried it more than five times,” said Cherryvale head coach Harry Hester. “We didn’t field a lot of punts, and it gave us the opportunity to have some long drives. I think we’ll see that with our team. You’ll see more balance than in the past.”

Hester was referring to the Chargers’ last two seasons where the majority share of carries went to standout Tevis Linnebur. With Linnebur graduated, the Chargers were left without much of an identify, and even less experience, in the backfield.

After struggling against the Eagles in week one, the Chargers fixed most of their problems against the Vikings Friday.

In that game Drew Housel led the attack on offense with 107 yards rushing on just five carries. He also had two touchdowns. Hunter Robinson and Devon Hestand both nearly reached the 100-yard plateau with 96 and 76 yard nights respectively while receiving limited looks.

“We have great speed this year. We want to keep people guessing,” said Hester.

Starting the year off against a seasoned Olpe team was a tall task for a young Chargers squad. Although Olpe and Northeast won’t be confused for one another, Hester feels confident that strides were made in week two regardless of the opponent.

“I think we improved on the little things. We made mistakes in reading from the wristbands in week one. We had some kids run the wrong routes and their feet were in the wrong spot on some plays. All those things are magnified against strong opponents. We got better at those little things Friday,” said Hester.

With a victory under their belts, the Chargers now look forward to Friday’s matchup with Fredonia.

The Chargers have defeated the Yellowjackets in each of the three seasons under Hester. Two of those came via shutout. Cherryvale has also won the last four in a row against Fredonia, who will once again open the Tri-Valley League portion of the schedule for Cherryvale.

“When you get into the league part of schedule kids get excited. Our kids are playing the same kids as they did in middle school so they know them. They see them in basketball twice a year as well. It’s like we are starting the season over again. One of our goals is to win league and we are ready for that,” said Hester.

Although Fredonia got off to a fast start with a shutout victory over the same Northeast team Cherryvale beat Friday; Fredonia lost to Prairie View in their second game Friday. That’s not to say they didn’t make strides.

“They are young and getting better. They didn’t win Friday, but they played a bit better in the film I saw. They are young kids and a have good coaching staff and will continue to get better,” Hester said.

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