In a matchup of teams trying to keep their playoff hopes alive, it was Carmi-White County that emerged victorious.
Colton Yates ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns, and the Bulldogs took a step closer to the postseason with a 34-7 win on Chester's Homecoming on Friday.
The loss dropped the Yellow Jackets to 3-4 overall and in the Black Diamond Conference, and Chester will need to win its final two games against Christopher-Zeigler-Royalton and Edwards County to become playoff eligible.
"They seemed like they were bigger and more physical than our guys and we just didn't play with any intensity," said Chester coach Billy Belton. "They were a big football team and they did what they did well."
Carmi got out of the gate strong, taking eight minutes off the clock to set up its first touchdown, and the Bulldogs led 6-0 after the two-point conversion failed.
Carmi got a gift a short time later when a bad snap on a Chester punt gave the Bulldogs the ball inside the Yellow Jacket 20. The Bulldogs converted that opportunity, but once again failed on the conversion to lead 12-0.
"It was a low snap on the ground and they sacked us inside the 20 and they went up quick 14-nothing and the wind went out of our sails," Belton said. "It could have been out of hand in the first half, but I'm proud of the guys for fighting."
Carmi added another touchdown with 45 seconds left before halftime to take a 20-0 lead into the locker room. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 26 points before Chester quarterback Nick Meyer found Calvin Clendenin for a 11-yard touchdown with seven minutes left in the third quarter.
But the Yellow Jackets couldn't get any closer, and Carmi added a late touchdown with two minutes left in the game to account for the final score.
For the game, Meyer finished 10-of-24 passing for 133 yards and also ran for 69 yards on 13 carries. As a team, Chester was outgained 330-229 in total yards.
Defensively, Nick Heffernan led Chester with 13 tackles (four solo), with Keith Kiner (12), Curt Meyer (11) and Ethan Bert (10) also recording double digits.
Up next for Chester is its final road trip of the regular season against a C-Z-R team that lost to Johnston City, 54-0, last week and has only scored 18 points total in seven games.
The loss was also the fourth time this season the Bearcats have been shut out.
"We gotta get better every week," Belton said. "We've got to fix what we did wrong and we have to execute on Fridays and play with more intensity."
The Yellow Jackets also had a donation jar for Johnston City High School student and football player Vickie Mueller, who was seriously injured in an Oct. 1 car accident after returning home from a family bonfire.
"We did do a donation for Vickie Mueller," Belton said. "We would like to thank everybody who donated to that and I know the Quarterback Club is donating some money."