August 31, 2013

Friday Night Football: Familiar fate for Lions in loss to Model

From Staff Reports
sports@daltoncitizen.com

— Christian Heritage School’s football team had turnover troubles against Model on Friday night.

For the second season opener in a row, it was the most glaring problem for the Lions, who lost 35-28 at home.

Last year, the Lions committed seven turnovers and lost 40-16 to the Blue Devils in Rome in the Georgia High School Association debut for Christian Heritage football.

This time it was five turnovers — three interceptions and two fumbles — that did the Lions in. Two — a fumble on a sweep and an interception — were returned for scores.

“We have to hang on to the ball,” Christian Heritage coach Preston Poag said. “In practice we have to emphasize it. The difference between this game and last year is that we kept fighting.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Model took a 21-7 lead to halftime.

Christian Heritage cut the lead in half during the third quarter, but never took control on the scoreboard.

The Blue Devils led 21-14 entering the final period.

“We outplayed them in the second half,” Poag said.

Lions senior quarterback Trevor Brown, a third-year starter, threw four touchdowns. Three were caught by Nich Bartley and the other went to Will Fischer.

“(Bartley) is just a good football player,” Poag said. “He’s not the fastest one but he’s a smart player. I don’t know how many yards he had, but he had a ton.”

In the first half, Christian Heritage running back Jake Stokes suffered an injury and missed the rest of the game. Poag classified it as a “stinger” and nothing serious.

“He’ll be fine. That hurt us, though,” Poag said. “He was playing a good game. It’s not serious, though, and he’ll be back next week.”

The Lions are at Murray County next Friday night.