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RONAN — With just one game remaining in the 2021 prep football season, the Ronan Chiefs finally got a check in the win column with a 34-7 home victory over the Corvallis Blue Devils on Friday evening.

“I was very pleased with our effort,” said Ronan Chiefs head coach Matt Detwiler. “I challenged our guys to start fast, something we’ve struggled with this season, and they definitely answered my call.”

The Chiefs scored first late in the first quarter on a short jaunt into the endzone by junior quarterback Caleb Cheff. 

In the waning moments of the second quarter, sophomore running back Tristan Fisher bulldozed his way into the endzone for a touchdown sending Ronan into the locker room at the half up 12-0.

In the second half, a stingy Ronan defense held Corvallis to just one touchdown, while the Chiefs’ offense found the endzone three more times for the 34-7 win.

“Our underclassmen have been huge for us this season and especially on Friday,” explained Detwiler. “With just 22 guys suited up, we have asked a lot from them. Our sophomores Tristan Fisher, Ted Coffman, Colter Cornwell, Coleton Sherman, Uriah Ulutoa and one freshman in particular, Laurance Lozeau, all started and played exceptionally well on Friday.”

On the night, Cheff churned out on the ground 184 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns to spearhead the Chiefs’ offense, while Fisher racked up 159 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns.

“Fisher and Cheff both had absolute huge nights for us,” said Detwiler.

Cheff completed 3-of-10 passes for 21 yards and one interception.

“Fun fact, we did not complete a pass past the line of scrimmage,” noted Detwiler. “I don’t know if that is absolutely terrifying or very impressive to do that and win by almost 30.”

Defensively, Cheff posted 10 tackles and three interceptions to lead a stout defensive effort from Ronan. 

Also for the Chiefs, Jasen Rodda added 9 tackles and a sack, while Cornwell had an interception and Lozeau recovered a fumble.

Fisher and Ulutoa both recorded a sack each.

The Chiefs will close out the regular season at home on Thursday evening when they take on the Dillon Beavers at 7 p.m.

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