Jackson Spoils Chelsea Homecoming





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By Mike Williamson – mwillie3@hotmail.com

The Chelsea football team dropped its second straight SEC White contest last week as league newcomer Jackson ran to a 29-20 win to ruin the Bulldogs Homecoming.

The Vikings used a dominating ground game to grind out the win and remain undefeated on the season.



Jackson carried the ball 50 times for 308 yards and outgained Chelsea in total yards 331-243.

The Bulldogs started fast as Aaron McDaniels scored from two-yards out to give Chelsea a 7-0 lead.

Jackson answered with a TD run and two-point conversion, but Chelsea answered with a 19-yard Quinn Starkey scoring pass to Hunter Neff for a 14-8 lead.

The Vikings would take control with a pair of TD runs in the final 3:19 of the half to take a 22-14 halftime lead.

The lead grew to 29-14 midway through the third with another Jackson TD run.

McDaniels scored his second TD of the game with a 12-yard run with 6:32 left, but the two-point conversion was no good and Chelsea trailed 29-20.

The Viking ball control offense took over as they would go on a 15-play drive that would eat up 6:20 on the clock before they would turn the ball over to Chelsea with 12 seconds left.

Starkey finished 19-31 passing for 203 yards and a score. Neff caught six passes for 64 yards and one score, Mitch Reynolds five passes for 66 yards, and Nick Christian five for 54.

McDaniels finished with 60 yards rushing on 12 carries and two scores.

Joe Taylor led the Chelsea defense with eight solo tackles. Nehemiah Mite finished with six solo and two assists, and Ryan Somodi five solo and one assist.

Pictures by Lynne Beauchamp

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