RICHBURG — So far, it is not being called a quarterback controversy with the Chester Cyclones.
Instead, it is simply the case of the backup signal caller being prepared for duty.
Cyclone back-up Quan Caldwell, who usually starts at receiver, got the nod over an injured Tommie Sanders and made the most of the opportunity with 98 rushing yards and 129 passing to ignite Chester to a 48-8 road victory over county rival Lewisville on Friday.
Caldwell completed 7-of-9 attempts with two touchdown passes and ran 17 times, including a 60-yard touchdown run.
Tommie has an injured knee, so all week long, I was preparing for the start, Caldwell said. I always want to be focused and prepared as a back-up quarterback. Whenever needed, I always want to be ready.
Sanders did see action on several series. He completed seven passes for 78 yards and a touchdown.
Chester, which lost a 14-6 heartbreaker to York last week, responded with 450 total yards. Lewisville, which scored a lopsided win over Great Falls in the opener, penetrated the Cyclone 10-yard line three times.
It scored once when quarterback Laquavious Walls completed a 19-yard pass to Malcolm Means. The other two, however, resulted in costly turnovers, with both leading to Cyclone scores.
The first was a blocked field goal from linebacker Daryl Foster. Marcus Wright picked up the deflection and ran 78 yards, giving Chester a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.
That was a 14-point turnaround, Lewisville coach Will Mitchell said. But the many dropped passes that we had hurt us even more.
Another Lion trip to the red zone resulted in a fumble, which the Cyclones scooped up and ran 60 yards to the 35, setting up a third-quarter score to put the contest out of reach.
We worked hard this week on getting better, Chester coach Anthony Sterling said. We wanted to correct the many mistakes we made. We did a good job tonight, but need to continue getting better.
Chester 48, Lewisville 8
C Quan Caldwell 40-yard pass to Jamarcus Moore (Matt Kennedy kick)
C Marcus Wright 78-yard return on blocked kick (Kennedy kick)
C Derrell Rambert 13-yard run (Kennedy kick)
C Laquavious Walls 19-yard pass to Malcolm Means (kick failed)
C Caldwell 15-yard pass to Rambert (Kennedy kick)
L safety when punt snap out of endzone
C Tommie Sanders 16-yard pass to Melvin Jackson (Kennedy kick)
C Caldwell 60-yard run (kick blocked)
C Lorenzo White 2-yard run (Kennedy kick)
RUSHING Chester: Tommy Sanders 3-6, Derrell Rambert 8-58, Quan Caldwell 15-98, Lorenzo Wright 17-79, Broderick Roscoe 1-20, Jake Wright 1-(-8). Lewisville: Malcolm Means 17-48, Laquavious Walls 8-33, Dre Bailey 1-0.
PASSING Chester: Tommy Sanders 7-14-1-78, Quan Caldwell 7-9-0-129. Lewisville: Laquavious Walls 15-37-1-103.
RECEIVING Chester: Rambert 2-30, Jamarcus Moore, Malik McCullough 1-3, Melvin Jackson 3-39, Quan Caldwell 2-19, Jarrett Rambert 3-55, Marcell Hampton 1-5. Lewisville: Christian Cok 4-2 , Tony Gaston 3-14, Malcolm Means 3-21, Dre Bailey 2-46, Alan Jordan 1-1, Cody Montgomery 2-15.
RECORDS Chester 1-1, Lewisville 1-1