High School Football

Five observations from the Chester County Football Jamboree

No Belk: Lewisville secured a 14-0 win over Alleghany (N.C.), but did so without the services of standout sophomore defensive tackle Josh Belk. Belk, among the top 30 prospects in the class of 2018, suffered an injury in an earlier scrimmage against Ridge Spring-Monetta. “It’s going to be a month, maybe a little more,” said Lewisville coach Will Mitchell of the injury. “We’re not going to bring him back until we’re perfectly happy with it (his recovery).”

Steady growth: Mitchell praised his young Lions team, saying, “We’re learning. We’re growing up. We got thrown in the deep end of the pool and we almost drowned last year. Now we know we can swim. Now it’s time to start competing and racing people.” Mitchell also spoke of the change in his team’s mentality from last year’s playoff squad. “ Last year, we didn’t handle when things went bad, we kind of let them go real bad,” said Mitchell. “We’re trying to get over that. Bad things happen. Bounce back, fight back and go.”

More key contributions from youth: Great Falls sophomore linebacker Cody Spires had a night to remember, despite a 6-3 Red Devils loss to Garinger (N.C.). Spires recorded two interceptions – one for a long return – notched a sack and had a key deflection on a fourth-down pass play late in the game to force a Garinger turnover on downs. Great Falls coach Kenneth Schofield was pleased with Spires’ effort. “I thought he played hard. We’re going to have to have that kind of play. I thought Cody played a good ball game,” said Schofield.

A tale of two periods: Rock Hill jumped out early on Lancaster, throwing two touchdown strikes in the first seven minutes of the contest. Lancaster’s power rushing attack took over from there, as the Bruins converted on a 16-yard score early in the second period to pull within a 14-7 margin, then scored a rushing touchdown with :18.6 remaining to finish in a 14-14 tie.

Cyclones on point: Chester junior quarterback Malik Williams performed quite ably in taking over for the graduated Tommy Sanders. Williams converted five of his first six passes, throwing for two scores on his team’s first two possessions. The Cyclones looked crisp on offense, taking a 14-6 lead over Olympic (N.C.) after one period.