CHS Football Team Plays Well in 6-0 Loss to Brighton on Thanksgiving
Although the Chelsea High football team came up on the short end of a 6-0 decision to Brighton High on Thanksgiving Day at a chilly, rainy, and windy Chelsea Stadium, CHS head coach Rasi Chau was pleased with his team’s effort.
“Unfortunately it was not the outcome we wanted, but I am very proud of how my boys played against Brighton,” said Chau. “All week we talked about how big and physical Brighton is and it showed at the end. My staff and I preached to all of our players that we needed all 11 bodies to the ball on every play and they did it.”
The Red Devils, adhering to the game plan and game-calling devised by offensive coordinator Michael Jackson, accumulated 267 yards of total offense, but could not take advantage of their scoring opportunities.
“Michael called a great game against them, but we couldn’t capitalize when we were in their red zone,” said Chau. “We had dropped balls, interceptions, and fumbles that killed us and you can’t do that against a well-coached team like Brighton. I have to give Brighton High coach Abrams credit for stopping us from scoring.
Chau lauded the play of CHS quarterback Richard Flores.
“Our signal caller, junior quarterback Richard Flores, did a great job moving the ball on offense for us. Our offensive line also did a good job giving time for Richard to pass the ball when needed,” said the coach, who noted the performance this season of freshman running back Herman Esquivel, who finished the season with 729 total yards.
“Defensively we made a lot of very important stops against them,” Chau continued. “One bad tackle in the fourth quarter led to their longest drive, which was a 43 yard screen pass, and they scored a few plays later. A lot of guys stepped up on defense, especially sophomore linebackers Gary Giron and Daniel Lopez.
“This was best game we played all year,” Chau added. “They played together and played like family.”