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Chambers Academy stays undefeated with 49-0 victory

LaFAYETTE — The Chambers Academy Rebels ran away with their eighth victory of the regular season Friday against Pickens Academy, continuing their undefeated season with a final score of 49-0.

“I thought we played really hard. We didn’t turn the ball over, which was our number one priority,” Chambers Academy Head Coach Jason Allen said. “We got the ball to a lot of different guys, made some plays and it was a homecoming win.”

Colton Hand led the charge early, scoring the first touchdown with 8:33 left on the clock in the first quarter. The Rebels almost followed up again soon after, returning a punt from Pickens for a would-be touchdown that was called back due to a personal foul.

“We had a couple of personal foul penalties that of course we didn’t want to have,” Allen said. “I’d like to clean that up from that standpoint because those can hurt you in a tight game. People don’t pay a whole lot of attention to them when you’re way ahead but those things become habits so we want to clean up the penalty box … be more disciplined.”

Making up for their mistake quickly, C.J. Lyons took a handoff from the 46-yard line to score the Rebels’ second touchdown of the night.

The Rebels entered halftime with a 35-0 lead over Pickens on highlight play by Mitchell Lee, who returned an interception for a touchdown. Scoring a single touchdown in the final two quarters, Chambers Academy showed little strain to come out with the win.

“It starts with us defensively,” Allen said. “I feel like we completely dominated them defensively. They became very one dimensional and weren’t able to move the football. I think we executed at a fairly high level. We threw the ball well, caught it well and I thought our offensive line improved this week and did a great job.”

Moving forward, Allen said that the team will continue on the path they are already going down, hoping that the end of it leads to a championship.

“We will just do what we do,” he explained. “We aren’t going to try and reinvent the wheel we just have to get better at some of the things we do. We want to try to stay sharp fundamentally. Teams that, at the end of the year, are still fundamentally sound and do all of the little things right are the ones who play for championships.”

Chambers Academy will play at Meadowview Christian next week.

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