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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Lions win district opener

  • Chandler's Lions overcame an early deficit Friday night to win their District 3A-2 opener, 33-28, against Bethany.
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  • Chandler's Lions overcame an early deficit Friday night to win their District 3A-2 opener, 33-28, against Bethany.
    The Bronchos took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, only to fall into a 14-7 rut as Chandler rattled off a 20-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Hudson to Mason Myers and a 6-yard scoring run by Heath Gray.
    The Lions made it 21-7 on a 32-yard connection from Hudson to Blake Barrier, but Bethany was able to forge a 21-all halftime tie with back-to-back TD runs by Dorien Jackson.
    Bethany led a second time thanks to a third-quarter 10-yard toss from Kyle Duke to Dalton Stout, and the Lions went on to add six points each in the third and fourth quarters. Hudson's 24-yard hook-up with Travis Gatlin cut the Bronchos' lead to 28-27, and the hosts finished off the scoring with a 14-yard fourth-quarter run by Gray.
    Gray finished as the game's leading rusher, toting the ball 111 yards on 17 attempts. Jackson led Bethany's rushing game with 49 yards on 15 carries.
    Hudson finished with 114 yards and three scores through the air.
    "It's a good win for the kids," said CHS head coach Scott Myers. "We played really well offensively all night long, and defensively we got better. We made some great adjustments.
    "I'm really proud of the kids and how they stepped up."
    Chandler accumulated 282 total yards of offense, including 153 via the rush.
    Bethany was held to 91 yards on the ground, but picked up 180 yards via the pass.
    Now 2-2 overall and 1-0 in 3A-2 play, Chandler will continue district play next week with a trip to in-county rival Prague.
    Prague was bested Friday night by visiting Cushing, 43-6.
    Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.

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