Kelly Weese // Staff Writer
After a shaky start to the season in week one, the Chaparral football team recovered fiercely.
August 30th, the Chaps were uncertain about who would lead the offense as they changed quarterbacks three times. This was not the case last weekend as the Chaps started QB Lamont Toney. Toney shined in his new starting role and led the Chaps to a 47-7 blowout of the North Dakota Science Wildcats.
“The team was more focused and we played better,” Toney said. “It was good to have command and control of the team.” The redshirt freshman had a huge game as the offense was firing through the air and on the ground.
The Chaps scored quickly in the first half putting them up 20-7. The only flaw came on a mistake play by the defense. After that, there were no more mistakes made by the Chaps as they cruised to victory.
Late in the second quarter, the Chaps added another score when Toney found receiver Travon Harris wide open on the sideline for a 70-yard touchdown pass. “It feels great to get the first win. The credit goes to the lineman,” Harris said. Travon would add to his stats by scoring on an 81-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.
After allowing 34 points in the first game, the defense stepped up by holding the Wildcats to only 7 points. The defensive line harassed the North Dakota quarterback the entire game. Devin Coney, Mike Lafenhagen, Shaq Hall, Jacky Dezir, and Julian Turner all recorded sacks in the game. Hall noted “It’s our first win, we are going to keep it classy and keep the celebration PG-13.” When asked about the game, Julian Turner said,“we executed and played well. We are going to be ready for Iowa Central.”
The game was well out of reach at 40-7, when the team’s new QB, Kyle Brown, threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Chris James, who made an amazing one-handed catch with the defender on his back. Up 47-7, the Chaps defense got the ball back to the offense, which ran out the clock and ended the game.
After the game, Coach Foster was unbelievably proud. “The kids on this team are great,” Foster added.
After the first game of the season, there were many questions asked of the Chaparral football team. It was apparent that the coaching staff figured out the answers and got the team in shape for this past weekend. The Chaps will have their first road game this Saturday at Iowa Central. With a record of 1-1 the Chaps look to keep their momentum.