Warriors knock off Vikings

REMUS — Chippewa Hills football coach Larry Jose could trace all the success his team enjoyed Friday night to one play in the Warriors 20-16 victory over Whitehall.

Chippewa Hills faces Big Rapids in the Division 4 district championship next week.

With the Vikings sporting a 3-0 lead and Chippewa Hills struggling to move the ball in the first quarter, Warriors quarterback DJ Lowery hit John Wixson for a 60-yard pass that gave them the lead.

That play was a huge relief to a young Chippewa Hills football team, according to Jose.

“When you have a young team and start a lot of juniors and a junior quarterback, you can’t help but have doubt creep in,” he said. “But when you start doing good things, you start believing.”

Though the Vikings would take their only lead four minutes later on a 4-yard run by Jwan Britton, the Warriors were able to effectively move the football.

Chippewa Hills answered Whitehall’s score with a 2-yard run by Brendan Barry midway through the second half and added a 74-yard strike from Lowery to Kedrick Adams to take a 20-10 halftime lead.

“We knew Whitehall played a tough schedule and had
respectable losses,” Barry said. “We knew we had to do the right things if we were going to win.”

The success of the offense was a combination of believing and taking advantage of Whitehall’s aggressive nature, Jose said.

Lowery led the offense with 91 yards rushing, while also throwing for 243 yards. Wixson recorded 118 receiving yards and Adams finished with 99 yards.

“I think we took advantage of them overplaying things in the first half,” Jose said. “Most of the things we scored on in the first half was on them overplaying.”

Chippewa Hills continued to move the ball in the second half, but two red zone turnovers inside the 5-yard line kept the game close.

Whitehall was able to score late in the third quarter as quarterback Zarren Aylor rushed in from the 4 yard line to cut the lead to 20-16. Aylor rushed for 129 yards in the contest.

Though Jose was pleased with his offense, despite four turnovers, he was even more proud of a defense that made an offense work for every yard it got.

“Nate (Ethridge) does a great job with those kids,” Jose said. “The kids are buying into what he is doing and those guys do a lot of film prep.”

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