CHANDLER—On paper, Friday night’s game between Chandler and Prague looked like a mismatch, in the Red Devil’s favor. The Lions crumpled up that paper and handed Prague their first district loss by the count of 16-6.
Defense was the name of this game. The Lions held the Prague offense to just 85 total yards and kept running back Brayden McGinnis from becoming any kind of a factor. They held the senior to 40 yards on 13 carries.
The Lions got on the board first, scoring on a snap that went over the head of McGinnis. He tracked the ball down and fell on it in the end zone and was covered up by several Chandler defenders for the two-pointer. That came with 9:21 left in the first half.
The two teams traded punts, then Chandler marched 34 yards in eight plays to take an 8-0 lead after the end of quarter number one. Dalton Fowble scored on a two-yard plunge as time expired. No team threatened to score in the second period.
The second half started with Prague coming out of the locker room with some renewed energy. Branom Bailey fielded the kickoff and returned it 30 yards to the Chandler 48. From there, they took seven plays to cut the Lion lead to 8-6. McGinnis scored on a 7-yard run at the 8:21 mark, but failed on the two-point run attempt.
Chandler didn’t waiver. They took their next possession and answered with a seven-play scoring drive. The drive was aided by two Prague 15-yard penalties. The first came on a roughing the passer violation and then on a horse collar. That 30-yards in penalties set up Chandler with a first and ten at the Prague 29-yard line. Three plays later, Chabon Anderson hit Dylan Mahan for a 26-yard beauty. His brother Darian Mahan then ran in the two-point conversion to lift the Chandler lead to 16-6 with 5:05 left in the third.
That stopped Prague’s momentum in its tracks. The Red Devils never made it back into Chandler territory for the remainder of the game.
The Lions ran the ball 46 times for 139 yards and threw for 62 yards in the game. Dylan McKinney ran the ball 31 times and gained 94 yards against the Red Devil defense.
Chandler improves to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in district play. Prague falls to 5-2 and 3-1 in district action.
Next Thursday, Chandler will travel to Okemah while Prague will play host to Kellyville.