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Charleston still hungry after win over Grandin

Sunday, November 3, 2002

HILLSBORO -- The Charleston Bluejays are back in the Class 2, District 2 title game for the fourth straight year.

With a 33-13 victory against Grandview here on Friday night, the Bluejays will square off with Scott City (29-22 overtime winners over Crystal City) for the district championship next Friday night at 7:30.

"It's where we want to be," said Charleston head coach Brent Anderson. "It's the first thing you put on your list at the beginning of the season. The kids are definitely proud of being 2-0 but they're hungry. This will be a good matchup with Scott City for us."

It's the fourth time in five years Charleston and Scott City will meet for all the marbles.

But the Bluejays (4-5) didn't win Friday night without a fight from Grandview (2-7).

The Eagles led in the second quarter and early in the third quarter before Charleston scored some late touchdowns to put the game out of reach.

Grandview got on the board in the second quarter when the Bluejays fumbled on back-to-back punts. The Eagles took advantage of the second one, which they recovered on the Bluejay 11, and scored with 7:00 left in the half to make it 6-0.

Charleston responded with a long drive capped by an A.H. Marshall 1-yard plunge with 1:54 left in the first half. Marcus Dixon provided the extra point to give the Bluejays a 7-6 lead.

Early in the third quarter, Charleston fumbled again, which Grandview picked up and scored on a 75-yard return to lead 13-7.

"We didn't take care of the football," said Anderson. "We turned it over four or five times. It's hard to win at any level when you turn it over like that. But the kids stuck with it and they played much better in the second half. At this point in the season, we're just happy to get through."

But from that point it was all Charleston.

Deshaundray Hamilton caught a 52-yard pass from Marshall to give the Bluejays a 14-13 lead.

Later in the third, Dadrian Jones had a 27-yard TD run to make it 20-13.

Paul Brown added touchdown runs of 15 and 77 yards in the fourth quarter to provide the final margin.

"They loaded up with about nine people in the box," said Anderson. "Paul and Dadrian both ran the ball well. They probably had eight or nine runs of 15 to 20 yards. We had good blocking on the offensive line."