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Panthers roll by N-Y

Isaacs caught two passes, both for touchdowns, returned a punt for a score, and kicked a field goal to lead the Chesapeake Panthers to a 44-7 rout of the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes Friday night.

Saturday, September 18, 1999

Isaacs caught two passes, both for touchdowns, returned a punt for a score, and kicked a field goal to lead the Chesapeake Panthers to a 44-7 rout of the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes Friday night.

The two receptions were the only completions in six attempts by Panthers quarterback Andy Clark. But the Panthers were able to run for 225 yards as Josh Waugh carried five times for 100 yards.

Chesapeake, 4-0, had trouble getting on track early as the two teams exchanged fumbles. The Panthers finally got some decent field position and drove quickly for a touchdown. Waugh ran the final 26 yards for the score with 5:06 left in the quarter.

"Field position means a lot in football games and ours wasn’t very good to start with. We seemed to catch some inopportune penalties there," Panthers coach Phil Davis said. "I tell you what, they were banging and we were banging and the ball was flying around a little bit."

Isaacs got a chance to touch the ball early in the second quarter and he turned the play into a 35-yard touchdown reception. Isaacs also kicked the point after and it was 14-0.

Less than two minutes later, Waugh picked off a pass and ran it back 45 yards for a touchdown as the lead went to 21-0.

Buckeyes quarterback Justin Bateman was 7 of 19 for 118 yards but was intercepted twice.

"I have to give credit to their defensive backs," N-Y coach Kevin Meade said. "They pretty much covered us like a blanket with the exception of the long pass we had. We hit some short stuff on them, but they really covered us well."

Nelsonville-York was able to drive 55 yards on its next possession before being held on downs. The Buckeyes punted the ball and Isaacs got his second touch, and this touch resulted in a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown to make it 28-0 at the half.

The tandem of Clark-to-Isaacs clicked on a 10-yard scoring play to start the second half and the lead was now 35-0 with 10:58 on the clock.

Nelsonville-York used a 76-yard pass from Bateman to Noah Watkins to set up Chase Elliott’s 9-yard touchdown run a few minutes later. Bateman kicked the point after and it was 35-7.

Isaacs kicked a 27-yard field goal with the third quarter winding down and the Panthers were up 38-7.

The final Chesapeake touchdown came on a 1-yard run by Jason Brammer.

"One of the things we’ve been real good at this year is our fullbacks and our wideouts do a great job of blocking and we can get them out wide. When we get bodies on bodies, then the guys can run out there," said Davis.

"Tonight, I believe we had a little bit more speed than they did. That always helps. The kids make some big plays."

Chesapeake finishes its three-game road swing with a trip to Man, W.Va., next Friday.