Chetopa starts season 2-0
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By Anthony Cook

Sports Editor

It’s hard to say what’s more impressive about Chetopa’s 76-26 victory over Southwest Christian Friday evening.

Was it the Hornets overcoming a double-digit loss to the same team a season ago and winning by 50 this year? Or was it that they weren’t all that sharp in doing it?

“It’s funny we really didn’t play well,” said Chetopa head coach Sean Price. “We didn’t run well. We are poor in that right not.”

Price added that although the team rushed for 160 yards — it felt like much less.

“We have to be a better team overall. We want to be a team that can run the football,” he said.

Chetopa went down 6-0 due to an 80-yard run by SWC in the first two minutes of the game.

The team answered back immediately with a 79-yard touchdown return from senior Tyler Pike and after a 39-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dylan Price to Mason Carter the Green Hornets never trailed again. By the end of one they’d opened a 26-12 lead and at the end of the first half Chetopa led 54-18.

Price finished with 300 yards passing on only about a dozen attempts. Coach Price said the team had a night where most plays went for big gains and could have been the reason why the running game didn’t find much of a rhythm.

“You can see on film there are some areas we need to get better. I felt like we played down as far as our sloppiness and focus,” said Price. “We are young though and that’s going to happen. We’ll get better.”

After starting 2010 at 1-1, the Green Hornets are now 2-0 going into a game with Oxford (1-1), who is coming off a 56-16 loss to South Haven in week two.

Last season, the Hornets were able to recover from a week-two loss to SWC with a 60-34 game in the second-to-last game before districts.

In that game, the Hornets had plenty of success on the ground against a Wildcats team known mostly for its work in the 11-man game.

With an extra win under their belts, CHS hopes to be able to have the same success in a game before a showdown with Sedan (2-0) in week four.

“We have to get after them early,” said Price, who said Oxford will provide a different test than either of the first two teams on the Hornets’ schedule. The Wildcats are loaded with size. “They are still big this year. They have a 6’3” quarterback and a 300 pounder on the line. Both of their backs are big too.”

The game will also give Chetopa a taste of the South Central Border League, a south central Kansas league that features nearly a dozen teams. At the top, the SCBL has some of the top teams in the eight-man division such as Central Burden, Sedan and South Haven. The likes of Oxford are just outside of the top tier of the league.

“They are a different animal no doubt about that,” Price said of Oxford and the rest of the league. “Oxford runs some veer, and they do things we will see in districts. Being able to see that now and know that if we don’t defend it early we can make adjustments is exciting. It also helps us practice for another week against a running team.”

The Hornets will host the Wildcats this year with Friday night’s contest set for a 7 p.m. kickoff in Chetopa. After two games in a row on the road, it will be the first home game of the season for the Hornets.

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