After two weeks it has become evident that any Chillicothe opponent should not kick off to the Cavaliers’ return team. After J.J Harris returned a kick 92 yards last week for a score, he topped that at Mifflin with a 96 yard touchdown return as part of CHS' 56-14 win, Friday night.
Mifflin adjusted the rest of the evening and kicked away from Harris. The only problem was the kicks went to Zach Coats who promptly returned kicks 65 yards for a TD and then 95 yards for the Cavs fourth kickoff return touchdown this year.
The home Punchers were able to match the Cavs big play speed early with scoring runs of 78 and 70 yards early in the first half. The Cavs Adrian Beverly hit Coats with a 14 yard scoring pass and McKellan Lee scampered four yards to match Mifflin’s big plays and it was 14-14 with under 7 minutes to play in the half.
Suddenly the Cavaliers exploded with four TD scores in a five minute span. First Harris returned the kick off for a score to make it 21-14. Diandre Haubeil blocked a Puncher punt in the end zone for a two point safety on the next possession.
Coats then returned the Mifflin kick off after the safety for 65 yards and another score. Then linebacker Chris Postage picked off a Puncher pass on the next Mifflin offensive play and returned a pick-six 15 yards for 22 points in five minutes.
Chillicothe led 36-14 at the half and after Coats ran back the second half kick off 95 yards the Cavs had put the game away.
Beverly led a balanced rushing game with 65 yards as the Cavaliers rushed for 230 yards on the night. Beverly also was 6-9 passing for 85 yards, which brought a smile to Coach Ron Hinton to have some offensive balance.
There were still some things to clean up for Coach Hinton with 4 Chillicothe turnovers and giving up big plays of 70 plus yards twice on the night.
Chillicothe looks to go 3-0 next Friday when they host Watkins Memorial.
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