Chatfield football started the year with two wins, freshman tailback Sam Backer making a big early splash. The Gophers then dropped back-to-back contests to Triton (16-14) and Caledonia (41-8). In week five, Jeff Johnson’s group got back on track behind their big o-line and young running back. The frosh did non-frosh things, rushing 24 times for 273 yards and 4 TDs (including an asterisked, go-left, get bottled-up, reverse ground, re-treat, recover, head way around to the right, 66-yard TD run). The Gopher rolled up 309 yards on the ground and pitched a shut-out in beating Zumbrota-Mazeppa 34-0. Ben Roline added Chatfield’s other TD, a 2-yard run. Z-M was held to under 100 yards total offense (20 passing, 64 rushing). The Gophers improved to 2-2, 3-2.
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