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Panthers put cap on unbeaten season

Chesapeake ran on 13 plays the first half, but four went for touchdown of 32 yards or more as the Panthers built a 27-0 lead and went on to breeze past the Coal Grove Hornets 37-7 Friday in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Saturday, October 30, 1999

Chesapeake ran on 13 plays the first half, but four went for touchdown of 32 yards or more as the Panthers built a 27-0 lead and went on to breeze past the Coal Grove Hornets 37-7 Friday in the Ohio Valley Conference.

The win enabled the Panthers to finish the season 10-0 – their first unbeaten season since 1961 – and to claim a second straight outright OVC championship.

The Panthers should finish fourth or fifth in the computer ratings which will pit them against Lucasville Valley or Baltimore Liberty Union.

"It’s been a great year. The kids have stayed focused each week," Panthers coach Phil Davis said. "It’s nice to go unbeaten. That was one of our goals along with winning the league and making the playoffs. (The placement in the playoffs) is going to be close. All we can do right now is sit back and wait until Sunday," Panthers coach Phil Davis said.

Josh Waugh led the efficiency effort as he ran just three times for 187 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught one pass for 33 yards.

"Josh had a great game. I thought we played well offensively," said Davis. "But give Coal Grove credit. They did a good job of controlling the ball and keeping it away from us. We needed big plays because they kept eating up the clock."

Chris Dillon ran nine times for 116 yards as Chesapeake amassed 371 yards on the ground and 454 total yards. Quarterback Andy Clark was 4 of 9 passing for 83 yards.

Coal Grove, 1-9, had 223 yards including 200 on the ground. Adams ran 28 times for 129 yards while Dean Mader added 69 yards on 15 attempts.

Chesapeake gained 19 yards on two plays and then Waugh bolted 56 yards for the touchdown.

Coal Grove punted the ball 41 yards to the 48. An incomplete pass and a 19-yard run by Dillon set up a 33-yard pass from Andy Clark to Waugh for the score.

Coal Grove drove to the Chesapeake 35, but punted on fourth to the 14. Dillon ran for 13 yards and then Waugh took the ball and went the distance to make it 20-0.

Taking over at the 47, Chesapeake went to work on another rapid scoring march. Clark hit Matt White for 15 yards and Best finished off the quick drive with a 32-yard touchdown run.

In the second half, Chesapeake took the kickoff and went from its own 49 to the 6-yard line where the drive stalled. Isaacs kicked a 23-yard field goal and it was 30-0.

Estep ran 15 yards on first down and Waugh scooted 58 yards to Hornets 5. Two plays later Estep went the final 4 yards for the touchdown.

Coal Grove took the ensuing kickoff and drove the ball 58 yards.

Adams ran 13 yards and four plays later he ran for 18 more to help get the ball to the 7-yard line. Adams got the call again and scored with 10:56 left. Daniel Corder kicked the point after.