Chicks snap 4-game skid with rout of GCT

Friday, October 6, 2017
Blytheville receiver Corey Weatherspoon runs for big yardage after the catch against Greene County Tech. Weatherspoon caught seven passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns in Blythevilleís 52-23 rout of GCT.

The Blytheville Chickasaws celebrated homecoming by snapping a four-game losing streak,

Friday night, with a 52-23 rout of 5A-East rival Greene County Tech at Haley Field.

The Chicks (2-4, 1-2 5A-East) scored 34 points in the second half and used their speed advantage to break big play after big play against the Golden Eagles (1-5, 0-3 5A-East).

In front of the large homecoming crowd, the Chickasaws piled up 518 total yards on the evening behind a big night from quarterback Jahiem Carter, who was 11 of 18 passing for 264 yards and four touchdowns. His favorite target was Corey Weatherspoon, who hauled in seven catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns.

Blythevilleís Jalen Gunby led the rushing attack with 11 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns. The Chicks ran the ball 29 times for 254 yards, while Tech rushed 37 times for 117 yards and finished with 289 total yards.

The Chicks never trailed in the game, grabbing the lead less than four minutes into the game.

After Tech turned it over on downs at its own 32 to start the game, Blytheville needed just four plays to find paydirt. Gunby raced in from 13 yards out with 8:19 left in the first quarter. The PAT was blocked, keeping it 6-0.

The Golden Eagles answered with a 32-yard field goal from Justyn Craig, who trimmed the lead to 6-3 with 2:08 to go in the opening quarter.

Blytheville would get on the board one more time before the first quarter horn sounded.

Carter found Weatherspoon for a 46-yard touchdown as time expired in the period. The two-point try was no good, keeping it 12-3.

On the ensuing possession, GCT drove 65 yards in 14 plays to get as close as it would get the rest of the way. Peyton Hartís three-yard touchdown grab with 4:49 left in the half got Tech within 12-9. The Chicks blocked the extra point attempt.

Then, the Chickasaw offense drove 85 yards in eight plays. Carter found Corey Chunn for a 32-yard touchdown connection with 1:38 left in the half to give Blytheville an 18-9 lead going into the break.

Blytheville extended the lead to 26-9 on the first possession of the second half. Roc Weaver broke a 38-yard touchdown run, and Carter ran in the two-point conversion at the 9:20 mark of the third quarter.

The Chicks threatened again on their next drive as Weatherspoon made a tremendous catch at the GCT 3 near the Chickasaw sideline. However, Blytheville turned it over on downs four plays later, and on the first play of Techís ensuing series it used a hook-and-ladder for what was initially a 90-yard touchdown. But GCT was flagged for illegal procedure to negate the long play and would punt four plays later. That punt went just 16 yards, setting Blytheville up at the GCT 24.

Four plays later, Carter hit Weatherspoon for a 20-yard score with 1:51 left in the third, increasing the Blytheville advantage to 32-9.

After a quick GCT three-and-out, Blytheville scored quickly on its next possession.

On the first play, Gunby darted 53 yards to paydirt, and Tyrone Pope added the two-point conversion for a 40-9 lead.

GCT answered to get within 40-16 on a two-yard touchdown run from Xavier Mcbroom, who led the Golden Eagles with 88 yards on 23 carries.

Blytheville added to its lead on the ensuring series when Carter fired to Adonerous Johnson for a 62-yard score and 46-16 lead with 8:34 left in the game.

The Golden Eagles scored their final points with 1:36 left when Eli Mason ran in a 15-yard reverse.

The Chicks capped the scoring with 57 seconds left when Tyrone Pope broke a 38-yard touchdown run.

Blytheville will travel to Valley View on Friday night.

mbrasfield@blythevillecourier.com