CHAFFEE -- The Chaffee Red Devils opened up district play Friday with a 28-0 loss at the hands of the visiting St. Vincent Indians.
"We came out in the first half and really played some tough football," said St. Vincent head coach Keith Winkler. Sophomore quarterback Chad Lane had a career night, throwing for 149 yards on 13 attempts with three of the passes going for touchdowns.
"We are real happy with the way Lane has come along. He is doing a good job for us. He gave a push early in the season, but we wanted to get him some starts on the J.V. These last three games he's stepped up and gotten better in every game," said Winkler.
St. Vincent scored all 28 points in the first half with scoring drives of 65, 63, 30, and 12 yards.
Chaffee, who had trouble putting successful drives together, got as close as the 12 yard line, but could never find paydirt.
"We played hard nosed football and that's what we have been talking about all season. We didn't get burned by the big play tonight," said Winkler.
The Indians got on the board early, when Lane found junior Tyler Paulus streaking down the sideline for a 40-yard touchdown strike. Adam Bockman would tack on the extra point to make the score 7-0.
After forcing the Devils to punt, St. Vincent found paydirt again, when Lane hooked up with Brad Renner for a 43 yard T.D. pass.
"We didn't get a good pass rush early and our defensive backs could only hang so long," said Chaffee head coach Allan Horrell. "We had some problems getting our defensive backs lined up correctly, and we had some break downs in coverages. When their guys got open, their quarterback found the open receivers."
St. Vincent struck again early in the second quarter, when Lane hooked up with Paulus again this time for a 30 yard strike to make the score 21-0.
With under two minutes left in the half, Chaffee running back Jeremy Dannenmueller fumbled the ball at his own 12 yard line.
With great field position St. Vincent took over with a little over a minute left and eventually worked the ball down to the Chaffee 2-yard line.
With 25 seconds remaining in the half, Adam Bockman punched the ball across the goal line to end the first half 28-0.
Neither team would find the endzone in the second half. The closest threat came from Chaffee, who turned the ball over on downs at the Indian 18-yard line.
"At halftime we righted the wrong, we shut them out in the second half," said Horrell. "If we would have played a whole game like that I think it would have just been a matter of time before we would have clicked one off and got us a touchdown."
Chaffee was led on the ground by senior Jeremy Hahn, who rushed for 50 yards on 13 carries.
Senior Derrick Uhrahan finished with 72 yards on 20 attempts, throwing two interceptions.
"My seniors have seen good times and bad times, and tonight was just not our night, but we have two more games to go," said Horrell. "Hopefully we can stay focused and put on a good showing in those two."
St. Vincent was led on the ground by Adam Bockman who rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries, he also accounted for all four PATs.
Chaffee will be back in action on Friday when they travel to Hayti to take on the Indians at 7:30.