TAMPA — It's difficult talking about December playoff runs during the third week of the season, but Chamberlain dreams big.
Before they could justify their lofty goals, the Chiefs had to end their five-game skid against Hillsborough on Friday night.
And the Chiefs took a huge step in legitimizing their new national ranking — 64th in the nation by Rivals.com — with a 48-21 win.
"Forty-eight points against Hillsborough High School?" said Chiefs coach Billy Turner, who once coached the Terriers. "Who's done that? That's an all-time high for us. … We're going to feel like we can beat anybody. We're going to feel like we can play with the best of them."
As Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia shook hands with Turner — the coach who hired Garcia as an assistant years ago — after the game, Garcia told Turner one thing.
"Go win them all."
The Chiefs (3-0) took advantage of five turnovers, including three — two fumbles and one interception — by Terriers junior quarterback Tarean Austin.
Chiefs senior quarterback Dontae Aycock overcame a fumble on the first possession, accounting for five touchdowns (four rushing and one passing).
"We proved we could beat a good team tonight," Aycock said.
While Chamberlain's triple-option rushing attack registered nearly 300 yards — Aycock ran for 136 yards on 18 carries, and running back Kenny Allen had 139 on 21 carries — the Chiefs established their passing game early, with Aycock completing four of his first five passes and finishing with 96 yards.
Hillsborough was within a touchdown midway through the second quarter after running back Lindsey Lamar's 26-yard touchdown run cut the deficit to 20-14. On the next possession, the Terriers had a chance to take the lead but fumbled at the Chamberlain 8. By that time, Hillsborough (2-1) had lost its opportunity, and Chamberlain went on a 21-7 run in the second half to put the game out of reach.