HENRIETTA — The East Gaston football team hung around early, but was outscored 25-0 over the final three quarters in a 33-7 loss to Chase on Friday night at Allen Stadium.
The Trojans (3-5, 1-1 Southwestern Conference) struck first on a 5-yard touchdown run from quarterback Damian Boykins less than four minutes in. After a successful 2-point conversion pass from Boykins to Keith Godfrey, Chase led 8-0 at the 8:13 mark of the opening quarter.
The Warriors (0-8, 0-2) answered with a 16-yard TD run from Brodie Hilton late in the first quarter to pull within 8-7, but that was as close as the visitors would get as Chase dominated the scoreboard for the rest of the night.
The Trojans made it 14-7 on an 11-yard scoring scamper from Leshon Lipscomb at the 10:46 mark of the second quarter, while a 32-yard halfback pass from Elijah McDowell to Garrett Hampton made it 20-7 with 1:55 remaining until halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, Chase scored twice in the fourth. Boykins found Caleb Lanser for a 7-yard TD strike with 11:22 left and later connected with Hampton for a 10-yard TD to account for the final score.
Chase converted 16 first downs compared to 13 for East Gaston, Both teams lost two fumbles, while the Trojans' McDowell and Hampton each recorded interceptions.
The Warriors' Hilton led all rushers with 185 yards and Jaxon Cogdill was their leading receiver with two catches for 17 yards.
East Gaston visits Shelby next Friday, while Chase hosts county rival East Rutherford.