High winds kept passing to a minimum during the first round of the playoffs, which was just fine as far as Chambers/Wheeler Central/Ewing was concerned.
The Renegades kicked off the 2017 D1 State Playoffs with a big win on Thursday, taking down Palmer 72-12.
CWCE scored early and often in the win, putting up 35 points in the first half while shutting out the Tigers. They tacked on another 29 points in the third quarter before rounding out the game with one final score in the fourth.
The Renegades avoided the wind as much as possible by keeping the ball on the ground most of the night, attempting just four passes, completing two. That means the ball was in the hands of playmaker Daniel Libolt most of the time. More specifically, 16 times for 241 yards and four scores. He also added one completion for a one-yard score to Ethan Naughtin.
The only other completion came when Carter Croxen connected with Ross Gribble for 22 yards.
Other stars in the ground game for the Renegades were Gribble, who took his 10 carries for 60 yards, and Wyatt Wagner, who had 40 yards on just two carries.
Defensively, Libolt led the way with 14 tackles with another five tackles for a loss. Naughtin added 13 tackles and Gribble had 10. The Renegades recorded three interceptions on the night, with one each coming from Libolt, Croxen and Naughtin.