Photo courtesy of Ted Melton
Spain Park shut out Chelsea with hard hits and an unyielding spirit.
In baseball, they call it a pitchers’ duel. In football, it’s a defensive struggle. Some fans might call it a sloppy game, but the Spain Park Jaguars can call it a win.
The Chelsea Hornets can only call it a heartbreaking loss.
The defensive classic remained scoreless after the first quarter, allowing two early Spain Park touchdowns to stand in a 14-0 victory.
The Hornets’ defense held the Jaguars’ star back Otis Harris to 42 yards on just 15 carries. Spain Park, in turn, held Chelsea to a meager 49 yards of offense in the first half.
Quarterback Mickey Forrest led the Jaguars’ air attack with 120 yards an a touchdown pass. Chelsea was paced by A.J. Jones, who ran for 90 yards on just 13 carries.
Despite being shut out, Chelsea’s offense actually outgained the Spain Park attack by a margin of 191 to 173.
The Jaguars rise to 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in their region. The loss drops Chelsea to 1-2 and 0-2.
Next week, Spain Park hosts the same Wetumpka team that edged Chelsea last week.
Chelsea hits the road next week to face Stanhope Elmore in Millbrook.