TAMPA — Chamberlain headed into its matchup with King on Friday night with speed mismatches across the board. The Lions (3-1, 0-1) scored touchdowns in all three phases of the game a week ago against Middleton, but the Chiefs dialed up the perfect strategy: 61 plays, 16 first downs and a drastic time of possession swing earned a 14-0 win over the Lions and an inside track in Class 6A, District 8.
“If you put the ball in those (King’s) athletes hands in space they’re going to kill you,” Chiefs coach Cam Jones said. “We just played our style: run downhill and take care of the football, simple football.”
Jones, who was hired in August, took the concept and the Lions’ defense to task on it. Dakarai Highsmith had 112 yards on 29 carries, and Daishaun Roberts had 55 yards on 21 carries. It was a game of inches. The Chiefs (3-1, 3-0) were 4 of 5 on fourth-down tries. Jones tried a fake punt out of his own end zone in the fourth quarter but there was a flag on the play.
The Chiefs’ defense forced three turnovers on downs on the Lions’ final three drives.