Panthers offense must come to life against LV

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 17, 2004

CHESAPEAKE - So far the Chesapeake Panthers offense has managed to score just one touchdown in each of its first three games.

Panthers coach Phil Davis said that won't work this week when his team hosts the Lucasville Valley Indians.

"We better put some points up on them. We have to take some pressure off our defense," Davis said.

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After wins over Waverly and Northwest to start the season, Lucasville Valley was blanked 24-0 by Wheelersburg last week.

Despite the shutout Davis said the Indians had a potentially explosive offense with tailback Jordan Swavel and fullbacks Ryan Turner and Corey Gulley.

"They moved the ball and were at the 1-yard line twice and didn't score," Davis said. "They have a good tailback and two pretty good fullbacks. Their tight end (Kyle Arnold) is pretty good and he's a nice linebacker."

Arnold and Turner are the linebackers and Davis said the duo are the strength of the defense.

"They move their people around on defense. I'm impressed with their linebackers and their secondary is pretty good," Davis said.

Davis admitted that it is difficult to get a handle on the Indians because their style of play is different from any of their first three opponents.

"They're really not quite like anybody we've played. They're a lot more like Portsmouth offensively, but defensively they're a lot more like Symmes Valley in their scheme," Davis said.

Following losses to Portsmouth and Wayne, W.Va., to begin the season, Chesapeake got its first win last week over Symmes Valley, 6-0.

Davis said a win over Lucasville Valley is important toward the overall success this season and any playoff chances.

"We've explained to our players that West is the type of team that's going to win a lot of games. When you start out 0-2, every game is important after that. It better be," Davis said.