Free­man, Clip­pers make some noise in blowout vic­tory

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By Matt Smith msmith@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @DTMat­tSmith on Twit­ter

CH­ESTER » The mu­sic was pop­ping at Ch­ester Ath­letic Com­plex Satur­day af­ter­noon. So loud, in fact, that it was dif­fi­cult to hear ex­actly what the Clip­pers had to say after their 48-6 rout of Overbrook High.

“We... to ...” se­nior run­ning De­van Free­man said over a dance remix of Se­duc­tion’s “Two To Make It Right.”

What? Say again? Hey, Mr. DJ, turn it down a lit­tle … just for a se­cond.

“We like fac­ing op­po­nents who are bet­ter than us right now,” Free­man, clearly not re­fer­ring to Overbrook, said. Ch­ester was far and away the bet­ter squad Satur­day.

“We en­joy it,” he con­tin­ued, “but we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

Ch­ester’s mes­sage was loud and clear … even if it took time to hear it. The Clip­pers needed a win in the worst way fol­low­ing three straight de­feats to start the sea­son. Among those losses was a heart­breaker at home to Spring-Ford two weeks ago. The Clip­pers gave Car­di­nal O’Hara a de­cent run last Fri­day night, but fell 24-6.

“We wanted to turn it around,” run­ning back Cahron Wil­more said. Oh, you bet they did. With help from a stout of­fen­sive line, in­clud­ing Khalid Watkins, Dar­nell Jones and Ian Jones, the Clip­pers ran roughshod over an over­matched Overbrook.

Free­man amassed 202 yards on 13 car­ries. He had 115 yards and two touch­downs in the first quar­ter.

Wil­more came on strong in the se­cond half and fin­ished with 170 runs on 13 totes. He had gains of 47 and 50 yards after half­time.

“It’s all about the line,” said Free­man. “Just fol­low­ing those guys up front.”

Free­man and Wil­more make a for­mi­da­ble tan­dem that could do a lot of dam­age in the Del Val League.

“We’re a one-two punch,” Free­man said. “It’s good to have that.”

Ch­ester coach LaDon­tay Bell sees the same po­ten­tial from his work­horse run­ning backs, who led a run of­fense that pro­duced a whop­ping 407 yards.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful thing when you can get a young man (Free­man) a breather, who is re­ally a horse,” Bell said. “To have an­other kid come in, it changes the face of the game for us. (Wil­more) did a phe­nom­e­nal job.”

Ch­ester led 28-0 after the first quar­ter. The Clip­pers scored three touch­downs in the span of one minute, 32 sec­onds.

Free­man got his team on the score­board with a 13-yard scam­per. On Overbrook’s first play of­fen­sive play, a snap out of the shot­gun sailed into the end zone. Ch­ester line­man De­mar Dill pounced on the loose ball for a touch­down. Then, after an Overbrook three-and-out, Free­man sprinted 58 yards to pay­dirt to give the Clip­pers a three-score cush­ion.

Quar­ter­back Tahree Fuller-Bryan (2-for-5, 47 yards) scram­bled nine yards to the end zone with five min­utes to play in the quar­ter to make it 28-0. As the say­ing goes, the game was over be­fore it started … or so it seemed.

Mean­while, Ch­ester’s de­fense came to play. Sopho­more de­fen­sive back Rafiqe Hil­liard had sev­eral tack­les, big hits and pass breakups. Dill was a men­ace at de­fen­sive end.

“We’re work­ing hard at prac­tice and al­ways fight­ing, no mat­ter what,” Hil­liard said.

The Clip­pers did a good job with their gang tack­ling and dis­rupt­ing the back­field. Overbrook rush­ers man­aged only 28 yards on 32 car­ries. The quar­ter­backs — all three of them — com­pleted only 9 of 23 passes for 100 yards.

“This hap­pened prior to prac­tice start­ing. I told them, I have a vi­sion that you guys will be swarm­ing this year,” Bell said of his de­fense, which forced three turnovers. “They’re start­ing to do it and they’re start­ing to be­lieve in them­selves. They’re swarm­ing.”

Bell and his coach­ing staff hope for a sim­i­lar per­for­mance next Satur­day when Read­ing High comes to town.

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