Maalik Nixon and Alexandria Pinckney were crowned as Homecoming King and Queen. (Photo by Peachtree Portraits)

by Mary Ramsaier

Victories in the rain make games a lot more fun, which is what the McIntosh Chiefs did Friday night versus the Morrow Mustangs. Coming off a loss from the week before, the Chiefs came back aggressively to get a huge W for the history books, winning 35 to 6. The Homecoming victory was not just an ordinary one either, it was the 100th win in school history.
The Chiefs broke down every wall that the Mustangs put in their way with stud sophomore running back Bradley Ector as the wrecking ball. Ector ran for 100 yards on only nine carries, and found the end zone two times on the night.
He wasn’t the only weapon. Zach Seymour, Dane Kinamon, Kyle Riesselmann, and others added to the offense’s success against the Mustangs.
“We want to develop some depth and let those guys compete to make us better,” said Belknap.
Quarterback Zach Sanders had his best outing of the season, completing 9 of 15 passes for 138 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, along with a 32-yard run. He started the scoring outburst with a 10-yard pass to Taylor Casterline. Riesselmann punched it in from one yard out for a 14-0 lead.
The Chiefs followed with another strong drive into the red zone, but a fumble foiled the push. The defense responded, shutting down the Mustangs. Ector would not waste the next possession, scoring on a 15-yard run to make it 21-0 late in the first quarter. That margin would hold throughout the second quarter as well.
As the rain came down, the Chiefs played harder. Ector ran 51 yards for a huge touchdown to put the game out of reach. Dane Kinamon completed the Chief scoring with a 13-yard reception to make it 35-0.
The wide margin of victory meant plenty of players got to see the field and contributed. The win was extra special coming on Homecoming, a night that could be filled with distractions. Coach Belknap explained he told the boys this week to “Get in your zone. We want to see effort and execution,” which was exactly what the Chiefs did.
They finished off the game only allowing one Mustang score, stopping the two point conversion attempt to seal the 35-6 win.
The next couple of weeks will be a challenge for the Chiefs as they are currently 1-2 in the region.
“We are an improving football team,” Belknap said. “We know we have some quality opponents coming up. It’s going to take our best to get us there.”
Ector led the ground attack with 100 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. Kyle Riesselmann followed with 55 yards and a score on four carries. Zach Seymour rushed for 50 yards on 12 carries, with Keaton Wimbish picking up 29 on two attempts.
Jake Lackey led the receivers with two catches for 55 yards, followed by Jack Dee with two for 31, and Nick Ostendorf with two for 21.
This Friday the Chiefs take on the Northgate Vikings at home.

Derek Bertke and the Chief defense made life miserable all night for Morrow. (Photo by Adam Hagy