TAMPA — As longtime Chamberlain coach Billy Turner surveyed his team from the sideline of the field that one day will undoubtedly bear his name, he really didn't see what the big deal was. Even though the county's winningest football coach was just one win from his 250th.
"I think 200 is a milestone, 300 is a milestone, that's what I want it to say on my tombstone," Turner, 70, joked before the Chiefs' game against Jefferson on Thursday. "But 250 isn't really a milestone."
Even after Chamberlain's 42-21 homecoming victory over the Dragons — a win that also marked his 200th in 30 seasons at Chamberlain — Turner, a 38-year head coaching veteran, only wanted to talk about one number: his team's seventh win of the season.
"It meant a lot to me to win here to be 7-0 because it ain't about me," Turner said. "It's about this football team and we've got a hell of a football team."
Senior quarterback Dontae Aycock made his case for homecoming king, accounting for five touchdowns — three rushing and two passing — and 306 yards.
"Our whole offense just came out clicking," Aycock said.
The Chiefs, who usually rely on a run-heavy triple-option attack, took advantage of an injury-depleted Jefferson secondary. Aycock connected on 9 of 11 passes for 200 yards. He also threw a pair of touchdowns to Anthony Williams during a second quarter that saw the teams score 36 combined points.
"They gave us all we could handle," Turner said. "Our offense is just pretty dynamite. Now that we realize we can pass as good as we can run, we're pretty hard to defend."
After Jefferson ended a 13-play, 88-yard drive with Marcus Johnson's 6-yard end-around run to tie the score at 7 early in the second, Aycock needed just two plays to regain the lead, tossing a 38-yard touchdown to Williams, a Jefferson transfer who finished the night with six catches for 163 yards. That was the beginning of a 35-8 Chiefs run.
Said Jefferson coach Mike Fenton: "We didn't slow them down much on defense. We were moving the football and scoring points."
After the game, Turner said he would celebrate the win — with a cup of hot tea.
"I can't drink anything cold. It makes me cough," he said. "I just went to the doctor and I've got to get rid of this cough."