Panthers hold off Pointers, 13-12

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 14, 2005

CHESAPEAKE - The late John McKay was coaching the expansion Tampa Bay in the NFL. After another miserable performance, a sports writer ask, &#8221What about the execution of your offense?“

To which McKay responded, &#8221I'm all for it.“

Although their performance wasn't miserable, the Chesapeake Panthers' execution was just good enough to survive the South Point Pointers 13-12 Friday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

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&#8221I thought the defense played well. Offensively, a penalty here and there really hurt us. And poor execution on our part killed us,“ Chesapeake coach Phil Davis said.

The win enabled the Panthers to remain unbeaten in the OVC at 2-0 and keep their playoff hopes alive with a 4-3 record overall.

South Point, shedding its spread offense for the Pro-I formation, came within a blocked extra point of tying the Panthers and forcing overtime.

Pointers head coach Dan McDavid was pleased with his team's effort but not the end result.

&#8221The offensive line played well. In fact, we played well enough on both sides of the football to win the game, but we didn't so we have to go back to work on Monday,“ McDavid said.

Chesapeake drove 65 yards in nine plays on its first possession to score on a 9-yard run by Michael Stapleton. Cody Methax kicked the extra point and it was 7-0 with 7:30 left in the quarter.

&#8221We came out and scored really easy and I think we let down. We didn't play. We could have lost this game very easily,“ Davis said. &#8221But we got through it.“

The score remained that way until Jude Crabtree scored on a 44-yard run with 8:26 left in the third quarter. The conversion run failed and Chesapeake led just 7-6.

Lady in the quarter, Kersten Harris ran 30 yards for a touchdown that put the Panthers ahead 13-6. A bad snap led to a failed conversion kick.

South Point got within 13-12 on a 4-yard run by John Crager with 9:51 to play. But on the conversion, Cory Methax blocked the extra point kick to preserve the lead.

&#8221That was a big play by Cory, but I give South Point credit. Their kids came out and executed well,“ Davis said.

Harris finished with 76 yards on 12 carries as the Panthers had 215 yards on the ground.

Crabtree ran seven times for 68 yards and Chris Smith completed 5 of 11 passes for 97 yards as the Pointers had 304 total yards.

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First Quarter

Ch – Michael Stapleton 9 run (Cody Methax kick) 7:30

Third Quarter

SP – Jude Crabtree 44 run (run failed) 8:26

Ch – Kersten Harris 30 run (kick failed) 5:34

Fourth Quarter

SP – John Crager 4 run (kick blocked) 9:51



First downs1312


Passing yards9718

Total yards304233






Individual Leaders

RUSHING – South Point: Chris Smith 12-40, John Crager 6-13, Jude Crabtree 7-68, Justin Thacker 11-41, Rocky Roe 8-42, Jacob Orlando 3-3; Chesapeake: Caleb McComas 6-46, Kersten Harris 12-76,

Cody Methax 3-13, Cory Methax 11-57, Michael Stapleton 4-23.

PASSING – South Point: Chris Smith 5-11-1 97; Chesapeake: Caleb McComas 1-6-1 18.

RECEIVING – South Point: Heath Bridges 1-31, John Crager 1-5, Jeremiah Taylor 1-19, Rocky Roe 2-42; Chesapeake: Jeffrey Thornburg 1-18.