Chillicothe Prepares To Face Elite Opponent

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The Chillicothe football team has faced its fair share of adversity in their first three games.

The Cavaliers (3-0) came back from a 13-2 deficit with less than nine minutes to play in their season opener against Teays Valley to win 14-13. In week two, the offense started slow, but received a huge spark thanks to three special teams touchdowns to help Chillicothe pull away from Mifflin and win 56-14.

“There’s no quit in this team,” Chillicothe Head Coach Rod Hinton said. “There’s a sign in the locker room that says ‘It just doesn’t matter’. No matter what the circumstances are, we’re gonna go play.”

The circumstances are certainly stacked against them on Friday night as the Cavaliers have to travel to Columbus to take on D3 powerhouse Bishop Hartley.

The Hawks (2-1) dominated the Cavaliers last season in Chillicothe, winning 44-7 in a game that was never close.

However, Chillicothe is hoping their final scheduled matchup with Bishop Hartley goes differently.

“Hartley is a state-class team,” Hinton said. “They have superior athletes. We have to compete hard and take on the challenge.”

The Cavaliers will need another strong performance from their defense, a unit that has given up just 11 points per game in their first three contests, if they want to compete with Bishop Hartley.

They will also need a spark from their special teams. Chillicothe has returned four kicks four touchdowns and forced two safeties on special teams in the team’s’ first three games.