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Chase, TJCA Finding Playoff Success

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Kevin Carver
For the third year in a row, Rutherford County has a first round playoff winner on the gridiron. R-S Central did so in 2009, East Rutherford in 2010 and now Chase completes the mission in 2011.

Chase used a late defensive stand and got two rushing touchdown from Tajae McMullens as the Trojans beat Newton Conover 28-13 for their first gridiron playoff win in 13 years.

Now sitting 9-3 as they head into the second round of the playoffs, Chase meets a familiar foe--Shelby--this Friday night. As the history books know, Chase has never beaten Shelby (7-5). The Trojans went up 10-0 on the Golden Lions in the first meeting this year, only to have a it slip away in a 37-23 loss. Chase has nothing to lose when they visit Blanton Stadium in Shelby.

The Chase community has come alive and they ask Rutherford County to rally around them as they face their biggest challenge all season.

On the other side of the coin, East Rutherford (5-7) football ended the season after a 26-13 loss at Maiden last Friday. The Blue Devils quarterback, Matt Johnson put up over 250 yards of offense himself to deny the Cavaliers a second round rematch with Polk County. Polk ousted East Rutherford last year in the playoffs.

Friday’s game was close as it held 19-7 for a long time, but untimely turnovers hurt the Cavaliers in the end. Maddox Stamey threw a touchdown pass to Ryan Riffle and Justin Barksdale in the loss.

Meanwhile, Thomas Jefferson’s boys soccer team is running towards a 1A title. In the first round, they defeated Pine Lake 5-1 at home, then escaped Hayesville with a 4-3 road victory in the second round.

That means, they travel to Highlands on Tuesday and then possibly face Hendersonville for a third time this year on Saturday (November 12th).

The Kevin Harvick-Kyle Busch feud has grown a ton this season, but last Friday night, Busch took things too far.

Busch, who was driving in the Camping World Truck Series event at Texas on Friday decided that he would take out Ron Hornaday after an incident between the two drivers caused a lap 15 caution.

Busch retaliated in the next corner by crashing not only Hornaday, but himself as well.

The truck Hornaday pilots is owned by Harvick, which also eliminated Hornaday from picking up his fifth career truck title. So, NASCAR decided to surely eliminate Busch from winning the Sprint Cup championship when they forced him to sit on the sidelines this past Sunday.

Kyle Busch made a stupid choice and though I agree with the call by NASCAR to punish him at least one race, some are asking for more. Even Busch’s sponsors, M&M’s isn’t happy with his latest actions.

Busch endangered Hornaday and NASCAR did exactly what they did to Kevin Harvick for the same violation in 2002 at Martinsville--suspend him for a weekend.

Still, Busch is a viable character with possibly the most driving talent in the garage. Busch should still be opinionated (even when we disagree with what he saying) and stir up trouble on the track. This time around, he went out of bounds and deliberately cost Hornaday and Harvick a Truck championship.

In regards to NASCAR, Tony Stewart has arrived--again. Who picked Stewart to become a front runner for the championship back in May--certainly not me. Stewart picked up his fourth win in The Chase by capturing another checkered flag in Texas and still trails Carl Edwards by three points with two races left.

I still don’t even think I have left my seat in Martinsville, yet I am very interested in how the next two weeks plays out.

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