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Preds roll over Crush again

Posted 7/5/2013

By Jocelyn Syrstad
Leader-Telegram staff
It was all Predators all night at Carson Park on Thursday.
Despite some minor setbacks in the first half including two lost fumbles and their starting quarterback leaving the game with an injury, the 
Predators had no trouble handling the Crush in NEFL action. For the second time this season, Chippewa Valley destroyed Eau Claire, this time by a 64-0 margin.
"We were really excited to be playing at home on July 4," Chippewa Valley coach Martin Adams said. "All in all, all three phases of our team pleased me tonight. I was really excited about the energy level of our defense, and it was really good to see our offense play with great continuity and consistency."
Donte Pettis once again proved to be a force on both sides of the ball for the 
Predators. He caught the only three passes that came his way all day — all in the third quarter and all for touchdowns. He also had a third-quarter interception.
Pettis, who had to leave the game briefly after running into the fence surrounding the field, finished the game with 57 receiving yards — which tied him with teammate David Akins for the most in the game.
"Donte never ceases to amaze me," Adams said. "He's a guy that always wants to be on the field, but he's humble and that's why we like him. This team is starting to feed off of his energy and I think you saw that tonight."
Vince Furby, Aaron Woodard, Rashem Sharpe, Joseph Mapson and Rocko Hunt also contributed on nine total touchdowns for Chippewa Valley.
Weston Kirby added a field goal.
The 
Predators finished the game with 467 yards of total offense, compared with just 144 for the Crush.
"Our guys played 100 percent every single play, and that's what we're looking for our guys to do, especially moving toward the latter part of the season," Adams said.
Despite a strong end result, things looked questionable in the first quarter for Chippewa Valley.
After Woodard scored a quick rushing touchdown to put the 
Predators up 7-0, they lost two fumbles on their next two drives to leave the first quarter with only the one score. And on top of that, starting quarterback Chance Garner left the game early with an apparent left leg injury. Adams said Garner is still being evaluated, but the injury doesn't seem to be extensive and taking him out was more for precautionary reasons.
But it didn't take long for the 
Predators to get back into a groove. They scored 44 total points in the second and third quarters and the Chippewa Valley defense forced four turnovers — two fumbles and two interceptions.
"I think we look pretty good now," Adams said. "We still have a lot to work on to get to where we need to be, but we're on the right track right now. This was a good victory."

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