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Red Devils' defense suffocates Chesterfield

GREAT FALLS -- A ball-hawking, suffocating defense led the Great Falls Red Devils to a key region win Friday night over the Chesterfield Rams, 27-14.

The win set up a monster showdown next week at Lewisville for the Region 3-A title. The Red Devils will be looking to avenge their only loss of the season back in week three at the hands of the Lions, 33-11.

Great Falls came out after the half down 7-0 and received the kick.

A penalty, three plays, and a 14-yard sack later, the Red Devils were punting from their own 1-yard line.

What looked like a dire situation quickly began to turn around when Kyle Heffner got off a booming kick to put the Rams at midfield. This was just part of a fantastic night for Heffner, who also kicked field goals of 36 and 45 yards and had another punt of 50.

With their backs against the wall, the Devils' defense dug in and forced a three-and-out to get the ball back. After the first field goal by Heffner, it only took two plays for A.J. Squirewell to pick off a Rams' pass and return it to their 8. This was the first of four straight possessions where the Devils' D forced a turnover, three of which came in the fourth quarter.

The defense also only allowed 38 yards rushing on 18 carries for the night. Cedric Spence converted on Chesterfield's first turnover with a 3-yard TD run to give the Devils the lead.

GREAT FALLS 27, CHESTERFIELD 14

Chesterfield.....7.....0.....0.....7.....—.....14

Great Falls.....0.....0.....10.....17.....—.....27

SCORING SUMMARY

CF — Travis Gibson 20 pass from Akeem Johnson (Moon Edwards kick)

GF — Kyle Heffner 36 YD FG

GF — Cedric Spence 3 run (Heffner kick)

GF — Brandon Crawford 12 pass from Gaither Bumgardner (Heffner kick)

GF — Heffner 45 field goal

GF — Jeremy Simpson 39 pass from Bumgardner (Heffner kick)

CF — Josh McCall 47 pass from Akeem Johnson (Edwards kick)

TEAM STATISTICS

.....CHS.....GFHS

First downs.....11.....15

Rushes-yards.....18-38.....45-128

Comp-Att-Int.....10-23-2.....8-15-1

Passing yards.....182.....147

Fumbles-lost.....3-2.....0-0

Penalties-yards.....4-25.....5-50

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Chesterfield: Sergio Johnson 2-(-2), Simpson Miller 12-28, Akeem Johnson 3-3, Derrick McQueen 1-9. Great Falls: Terrence Jeter 22-104, Jeremy Simpson 7-24, Cedric Spence 7-12, Gaither Bumgardner 4-(-20), Isaiah Lynn 5-8

PASSING — Chesterfield: Johnson 10-23-182-2. Great Falls: Bumgardner 8-15-147-1

RECEIVING — Chesterfield: Dantrelle Lewis 2-10, Josh McCall 3-82, Miller 2-14, Travis Gibson 1-20, Jonathan Murvin 1-56, Johnson 1-0. Great Falls: Simpson 3-74, Kyle Heffner 1-9, Brandon Crawford 4-64

RECORDS — Chesterfield 6-3, 2-2 Region 3-A; Great Falls 8-1, 4-0

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