(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
CHAFFEE -- The Chaffee Red Devils' inconsistencies couldn't be overcome.
Whether it was a goal line situation or fourth and long, Chaffee ended their drives the same way each time; by giving the Malden Green Wave the ball.
For the second straight week, the Red Devils were shut out as the visiting Green Wave posted a 35-0 win on Friday night at Mark Whitaker Memorial Field in Chaffee.
"We didn't execute anything," Chaffee senior wide receiver Mike Rutherford said. "Maybe a drive or two, but we didn't put together a game. We just wasn't getting a rhythm going. We had plenty of chances to score all through the game. We were moving the ball good and then just quit."
A lack of execution wasn't more evident than at the beginning of the second half when, already down 27-0, the Red Devils' recovered an onside kick to start the third quarter, marched down to Malden's three yard line and had a pass from quarterback Cody Payne intercepted in the end zone by Malden's Jonsha Robinson.
"(That play) definitely took our confidence back down," said Rutherford. "We needed a score to get our confidence up and we didn't get it. That interception was definitely a dagger. It was bad."
It was a play that has summarized the growing pains that a young Chaffee team has had to deal with all season long.
"That's kind of been us all year," Chaffee head coach Charlie Vickery said. "If (that pass) would have been just a bit higher, we would have been in the end zone. We got to get over the hump with a young team. It's just the mistakes that we made."
Chaffee (2-5) combined for six first downs and their longest play was an 18-yard pass from Payne to Zach Dannenmueller.
While Chaffee struggled with rhythm, Malden hardly missed a beat.
The Green Wave converted 21 first downs and had a yards per play average of 9.34. They rushed the ball 30 times for 215 yards and had sophomore quarterback Tanner Murphy leading the way through the air and Quentin Jackson catching five passes for 157 yards.
The Green Wave wasted little time gaining an early lead as Murphy connected on his first of three touchdowns just four minutes into the first quarter hitting Jackson from 13 yards out.
"Their quarterback is really good and we knew coming in he's as good a quarterback as we've seen all year," Vickery said about Murphy. "He makes good decisions and throws the ball real well."
Murphy, who completed 13-of-20 passes for 252 yards, hit Percy Johnson with an 8-yard touchdown catch with 3:33 left in the first quarter making it 13-0 Malden. 33 seconds later, Patrick Wilson returned a 25-yard interception thrown by Chaffee quarterback Jordan Yahn to give the Green Wave a 19-0 lead.
"They didn't do nothing we didn't expect," Rutherford said. "All week we knew they were going to run in a lot of formations. We just didn't execute.
"Our coaches said (Murphy) was going to run a lot and said he was going to pass and that's what he did," added Rutherford. "We just didn't stop him."
A 2-yard run by Wilson made it 27-0 Malden at the end of the first half.
Following Chaffee's missed goal line chance, Murphy showed off his legs ripping off a 17-yard scamper with 5:44 left in the third quarter starting the running clock and sealing the win for Malden, who is now 6-1 on the season.
"They're a real good football team," Vickery said about Malden. "They move well and didn't make very many mistakes."
Chaffee running back Tyson Estes had 75 yards on 12 carries while Payne completed seven passes on 17 attempts for 63 yards and one interception.
This marks the second straight week that Chaffee has been shut out at home. And although their offense has been stagnant the past two weeks, Vickery noted some positives that could be taken from their 35-point loss.
"After the first quarter, we played much, much better," Vickery said. "We can take some positives from this. We didn't play hard (against East Prairie) but we played hard this week. "We're learning and with a young team like that we're just going to keep getting better. Tonight we did some better things, we just have to clean up the mistakes.
"I think if we come in and play really well, we have a good shot to make the playoffs," added Vickery. "If we don't play well, we won't."
M -- Quentin Jackson 13 pass from Tanner Murphy (Kyle Lemarr kick); 8:12
M -- Percy Johnson 10 pass from Murphy (run failed); 3:33
M -- Patrick Wilson 25 interception return (kick failed); 3:00
M -- Wilson 2 run (Johnson run); 7:38
M -- Murphy 17 run (Wilson run); 5:44
Malden -- Patrick Wilson 9-81, Justen Rowe 5-45, Kyle Lemarr 2-17, Ray Wilson 5-15, Tanner Murphy 5-36, Percy Johnson 2-18, Romello McCoy 2-3. Chaffee -- Tyson Estes 12-75, Jordan Yahn 1-1, Trevor Cannon 2-7, Cody Payne 1-16.
Malden -- Tanner Murphy 13-20-1 252. Chaffee -- Cody Payne 7-17-1 63, Jordan Yahn 2-6-1 6.
Malden -- Quentin Jackson 5-157, Percy Johnson 3-25, Ray Wilson 2-27, Jordan McMunn 1-9, Patrick Wilson 1-8, Kyle Lemarr 1-6. Chaffee -- Zach Dannenmueller 2-21, Tyson Estes 3-23, Cody Enderle 1-8, Mike Rutherford 3-17.