SCHS, Chelsea clash

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Shelby County High School used 10 rushers to pile up 305 yards in a 28-6 win over region foe Hayden while Chelsea used an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown to slip past region opponent Moody last Friday night.

The Wildcats will play host to the Hornets Friday night in a Shelby County and regional rivalry game.

Both teams are undefeated in region play while Shelby County’s only loss came at the hands of 3A power Tarrant in the season-opener.

Chelsea senior Grant Sullivan returned the interception 88 yards for a score in the second quarter and found Matt Ling on a 24-yard scoring pass in the third quarter. Sullivan broke free on a 59-yard scamper with just over 10 minutes left in the game to put the Hornets up for good.

Chelsea coach Watt Parker was not pleased with his play in the first half, but was proud of his team for coming back in the second half for the win.

&uot;We got whipped in the first half,&uot; Parker said.

&uot;We made adjustments in the blocking schemes at halftime which gave us a chance to run the football in the second half.&uot;

Sullivan finished the night with 170 of the Hornets’ 218 rushing yards.

As for Shelby County, four different Wildcats found the end zone in an easy win over Hayden on the road last Friday night.

Brandon Burns scored on a 28-yard pass from Dane Vansant in the first quarter. Derek Harris later scored on a one-yard plunge and Marc Lemley scored on a 10-yard run. Michael Gaiters got the last touchdown for the Wildcats on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Eric Hernandez connected on all four PAT attempts.

Burns finished the night with two interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.

The Wildcat defense held the Hayden offense to just 177 total yards

and caused three turnovers.

The SCHS-Chelsea game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday night at SCHS with first place in the region up for grabs