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September 13, 2013

Chippewa Valley too strong for Utica Eisenhower

Big Reds rush for 320 yards to remain unbeaten

By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer

The two-headed monster at running back for Chippewa Valley was too much for Utica Eisenhower to overcome on Friday night, as the Big Reds moved to 3-0 on the season with a 42-21 victory.

Chippewa's Doug Roberts rushed 10 times for 134 yards and one touchdown while Troy Taylor carried the ball 14 times for 169 yards and three touchdowns.

"I want to give some love to my offensive linemen. We have four seniors and a junior in there, and our receivers and tight ends have to do their job or else you don't break long runs like that, but they're a pretty good one-two punch," Chippewa head coach Scott Merchant said while talking about Roberts and Taylor.

Those long runs mentioned by Merchant included touchdown gallops of 50 and 53 yards by Troy Taylor, and a spectacular 54-yard touchdown run by Roberts in which he broke several tackles on his way to the end zone.

Eisenhower's offense moved the ball efficiently, as well, as it actually outgained the Big Reds 417 yards to 413, but three turnovers, all of which came on the Chippewa side of the field, proved too costly to overcome.

"It could've been a close game, but that's football. In a game where two good teams are playing against each other, it can be a 21-point game or a three-point game. They converted on the big plays and we didn't. They had a great game plan coming in offensively against us," Eisenhower coach Chris Smith said.

Chippewa Valley will travel to Grosse Pointe North next week in a battle of two unbeaten teams, and Eisenhower will travel to Grosse Pointe South.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Thomas Franz at tfranz@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1040.