Chelsea Football Wins SEC White Crown

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After a year’s absence, Chelsea Football Team finds itself in a familiar position in the final SEC White Conference standings after the Bulldogs defeated Jackson 21-14 on Friday night to claim the league title.

It’s the Bulldogs’ fourth SEC White Team title in five years after Tecumseh knocked them off the top spot in 2022.

The win was also the Bulldogs’ sixth straight after losing to Grand Rapids Northview in the season opener.

Chelsea looked like they were about to take a quick 14-0 lead with two touchdowns in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs took the opening kickoff and drove 65 yards, capped by a 5-yard touchdown pass from Luke Anstead to Max Herter.

Chelsea’s defense forced a three-and-out on the Vikings’ first possession and took advantage of a poor punt to get into prime position in Jackson territory.

The Bulldogs got on a quick offense and Taysom Hill rolled into the end zone from a yard out to take a 14-0 lead.

While the Bulldogs dominated the first quarter, Jackson did the same in the second.

Jackson combined a long drive with a strong run and responded with a six-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 14-7.

The Vikings forced Chelsea to turn the ball over on downs and moved forward again, tying the game at 14 before halftime with a four-yard touchdown run.

Jackson kicked off the second half, but Chelsea’s defense forced a three-and-out and Chelsea took over the game with 35 points.

Anstead then hit Hurt with a slant pass, and he sprinted 55 yards inside the Vikings 20-yard line, setting up Hill for another touchdown run that put the Bulldogs up 21-14.

The fourth quarter was a tense game for Chelsea fans as the Vikings had two quality scoring chances.

Jackson started a drive late in the third quarter and moved to the Bulldogs five-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

The Vikings quarterback fumbled on a bad shotgun attempt, and Bulldogs Regan Plank recovered at the 16-yard line to stop a field goal attempt with eight minutes left.

With Chelsea three out of the game, Jackson took over with seven minutes remaining and carried the ball into the Bulldogs’ ten. Chelsea’s defense was strong, forcing a fourth-and-9 play and the Vikings’ pass to the end zone was blocked by Ethan Collins, giving Chelsea the ball with just over a minute left in the game. Take back the right.

Chelsea sealed the win when Hill took the lead with 38 seconds left and Jackson exited a timeout. The Bulldogs will line up in victory formation and press for a homecoming victory.

The Bulldogs will host Trenton on Friday night looking to avenge their 2022 season-opening loss to the Trojans.

Photo by Mike Williamson

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