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Panthers rally to outscore Redmen

Chesapeake’s Jon Pinson (86) makes a catch in front of the Rock Hill secondary. (The Ironton Tribune / Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photo)

PEDRO — When the coaches break down this game film, they’ll have to do it in four different sections.

In a game that changed complexion in each quarter, the Chesapeake Panthers scored in the final two seconds and kicked the extra point to edge the Rock Hill Redmen 28-27 Friday in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams.

“Every quarter was a little different,” said Panthers’ coach Phil Davis.

“The first quarter was us, the second quarter was them, no one scored in third, and the fourth quarter was both teams making big plays.”

The first quarter belonged to the Panthers who took a 14-0 lead. Rock Hill came back from a 21-0 deficit in the second quarter to tie the game. After a scoreless third quarter, Rock Hill went up 27-21 only to have the Panthers put together the winning drive with time running out.

“We dug a deep hole and got ourselves down early. We climbed out of it. We had a nice offensive rhythm. We were able to have some balance running and throwing the ball,” said Rock Hill coach Todd Knipp.

“We laid it on the line. We just came up a little short.”

Rock Hill (0-6) fumbled the ball on the first play of the game and the Panthers recovered. Austin McMaster ran 1-yard for the touchdown and Jacob Wells kicked the first of his four conversions.

Chesapeake (1-5) made a hit on the next play and caused another fumble. The Panthers recovered to set up a 12-yard scoring pass from Brandon Noble to McMaster.

“(The turnovers) were a big momentum swing for them,” said Knipp. “We moved the ball, but they were able to drive the ball at the end.”

Rock Hill put together its own scoring drive but Jon Pinson came up with an interception in the end zone for Chesapeake.

The Panthers used the momentum swing to drive to the Rock Hill 1-yard line. McMaster scored on the first play of the second quarter and it was 21-0.

The Redmen began their comeback as Cody Massie caught a 32-yard scoring pass from Will McCollister. The conversion kick failed.

Rock Hill went on another scoring drive on its next possession with Steve Lewis running 12 yards for the score. McCollister hit Trey Wilds with the conversion pass to cut the deficit to 21-14.

McCollister threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Massie and he also kicked the conversion to tie the game a 21 just before halftime.

The Redmen moved the ball in the third quarter but bogged down with penalties. They finally scored with 6:36 left on a 1-yard run by Shane Harper. The conversion kick hit the upright.

Chesapeake used all but two seconds of the remaining time to drive the ball for the tying touchdown as McMaster scored on another 1-yard run. Wells’ conversion kick just cleared the crossbar to give the Panthers the win.

Ball control was the key for the Panthers as they rushed 60 times for 236 yards. McMaster had 83 yards, Patrick Hintz 72, and Trey West 67 as the trio combined for 55 carries.

“We ran 60 plays to their 31. That was a big key. We needed to keep the ball out of their hands,” said Davis.

McCollister was 10-of-16 passing for 179 yards and two scores and an interception. Lewis ran for 65 yards and Harper had 62 as the Redmen gained 330 total yards to 289 for the Panthers.

Chesapeake 14 7 0 7 = 28

Rock Hill 0 21 0 6 = 27

First Quarter

Ch — Austin McMaster 1 run (Jacob Wells)

Ch — Austin McMaster 12 pass from Brandon Noble (Jacob Wells kick)

Second Quarter

Ch — Austin McMaster 1 run (Jacob Wells kick)

RH — Cody Massie 32 pass from Will McCollister (kick failed)

RH — Steve Lewis 12 run (Trey Wilds pass from Will McCollister)

RH — Cody Massie 15 pass from Will McCollister (Cody Massie kick)

Fourth Quarter

RH — Shane Harper 1 run (kick failed)

Ch — Austin McMaster 1 run (Jacob Wells kick)

Ch RH

First downs 23 19

Rushes-yards 60-236 31-151

Passing yards 53 179

Total yards 289 330

Cmp-Att-Int 6-11-2 10-16-1

Fumbles-lost 2-0 2-2

Punts-average 2-27.5 1-23.0

Penalties-yards 3-25 6-40

Individual Leaders

RUSHING-Chesapeake: Austin McMaster 21-83, Patrick Hintz 20-72, Trey West 14-67, Nate Jones 4-12, Dylan Nichols 1-2; Rock Hill: Coty Davis 1-minus 3, Jared Bruce 4-0, Will McCollister 4-27, Shane Harper 13-62, Steve Lewis 9-65.

PASSING-Chesapeake: Austin McMaster 5-9-1-0 41, Brandon Noble 1-2-1 12; Rock Hill: Will McCollister 10-16-1 179.

RECEIVING-Chesapeake: Austin McMaster 1-12, Jon Pinson 1-12, Brandon Noble 3-23, Nate Jones 1-6; Rock Hill: Trey Wilds 6-89, Cody Massie 2-47, Jesse Lane 2-43.