The Gophers take the field for their homecoming game against Kingsland.
The Gophers take the field for their homecoming game against Kingsland.
The Chatfield Gophers football team set the tone on the first play of the game when senior quarterback Nate Skare threw a 65 yard touchdown pass to Jayme LaPlante. Chatfield went on to score six more times before the defense allowed a Kingsland score in the fourth quarter.

While the offense was 'clicking on all eight cylinders', the defense was holding the Kingsland offense to less than 100 yards and forcing them to punt on six occasions. Two other Kingsland possessions in the first half resulted in a 'Chatfield pick' by Drew Hurley and an end of the first half 'drive'.

All total, Chatfield scored seven times on Kingsland, the final tally in the third quarter to give the locals a 48-0 lead.

Besides the long pass to LaPlante, Chatfield also got scores from Carter Duxbury (11 yd run, 13 yd run, 48 yd run), Jake Neis(5 yd run), Alex Haffner(12 yd run) and Ryan Meeker (4 yd run).

Chatfield's offense put up a total of 489 yards, 335 on the ground and 146 yards in the air.

The 'big play' was also a part of the Homecoming victory, including the 65 yd 'bomb' to Jayme, Jake Neis had runs of 68 yards and 42 yards and Drew Hurley had a 48 yard pass reception.

"I thought the kids started fast and played full speed," said head coach Jeff Johnson. "Usually homecoming is easy to come out 'flat', but our kids were focused and ready to go. Great team effort!" concluded Coach Johnson.

This week the team is off (bye week) and is preparing to host a first round opponent in the playoffs on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Team scoring...

Kingsland 0- 0- 0-21 = 21

Chatfield 28-14-6- 0 = 48

Individual statistics...

Rushing: Jake Neis, 5 carries, 120 yds, 1 TD; Alex Haffner, 7c, 74 yds, 1 TD; Carter Duxbury, 6c, 104 yds, 3 TD's; Ryan Meeker, 7c, 45 yds, 1 TD; Ethan Wright, 1c, 3 yds; Dillon Bance, 2c, -13 yds; Devyn Deyo, 4c, -4 yds; Aaron Paulson, 1c, 6 yds; Parker Fossum, 1c, 0 yds. Passing: Nate Skare, 2/3, 113 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT's; Bance, 2/2, 33 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT. Receptions: Jayme LaPlante, 1r, 65 yds, 1 TD; Drew Hurley, 1r, 48 yds; Riley Ahern, 2r, 33 yds.

Special teams: Nate Skare (punting, 1/30.0); Chase Salerno (punting, 1/30.0); Sawyer Prinsen (kickoffs, 7/47.0; extra-points, 6/7); Ethan Woltz (kickoffs, 1/60.0; extra-pts, 1/1); Ryan Meeker (ko return, 1/17.0); AJ Riley(punt return, 1/1.0).

Team stats... Chatfield Kingsland

First downs 8 11

Rushing 34 carries, 335 yds 37 carries, 110 yds

6 TD's, 1 fumble 2 TD's

Passing 4/5, 146 yds 11/21, 169 yds

1 TD, 0 INT's 1 TD, 1 INT

Total offense 39 plays, 481 yds 58 plays, 279 yds

Turnovers 1(fumble) 1(INT)

Penalties 4, 35 yds 5, 43 yds