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The fleet-footed Lady Beavers of Cheney Tech ran past the Wilcox Tech Lady Indians by a score of 27-0 Friday night. | Jeff Gebeau (Record-Journal)

Wilcox Tech falls to Cheney Tech

MANCHESTER — Using their unmatched foot speed, the Cheney Tech Lady Beavers raced past the Wilcox Tech Lady Indians in a powder puff football clash Friday night by a score of 27-0.

The teams’ opening offensive series set the tone for the game.

The Lady Indians were forced into a quick punt after their first three downs produced minimal yardage, while running back Shevane Pearson scored a touchdown for the Lady Beavers on a 51-yard sweep on their first play from scrimmage.

The rest of the half followed suit, as Wilcox failed to convert a first down any of the three times it had the ball, while Cheney scored touchdowns each of the three times it had it, while dominating the time of possession.

Cheney failed to make the extra point on its second touchdown, but compensated on its third by adding a two-point conversion from running back Crystal Jackson.

Jackson scored the team’s second and third touchdowns on short runs and added a third touchdown run in the second half, totaling 20 of its 27 points.

Jackson said it felt good to deliver for her team in the game, but credited her teammates. “It was really our blockers,” she said. “They did an amazing job.”

Coach Nick Dinneen praised Jackson’s effort but was also quick to spread the credit among the whole team. “We’ve got a lot of weapons,” he said.

Throughout the game, the Lady Beavers repeatedly advanced the ball down the field by working the sidelines, using a variety of pitch and sweep plays.

Neither team converted — or attempted — many pass plays.

“We know who we are,” said Dinneen. “We’re a running team.”

Dinneen said the team’s game plan was to attack the outside and occasionally spring a surprise play up the center when Wilcox became too accustomed to playing them for the sidelines.

“Their speed definitely killed us,” said Steve Wodarski, Wilcox’s head coach. “They got to the outside, and we couldn’t catch them.”

Meanwhile, despite an apparent size disadvantage, the Lady Beavers’ defense continuously broke through the Lady Indians’ blockers, often stopping their runners in the backfield.

“We have tough girls,” said Dinneen.

Wodarski said he was surprised his team was unable to capitalize on its size advantage in the middle.

“But, it wasn’t happening,” he admitted, shaking his head in resignation.

Dinneen said he is proud of what his squad accomplished this year. “They definitely knew what they were doing,” he said.

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