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Panthers beat Pioneers to end 12-year skid

Chesapeake’s Chad Meadows, left, and Richard McFarland (79) make the stop on Wayne running back Allen Bryant (44). The Panthers beat Wayne 14-8 Friday as Meadows had 15 tackles and McFarland 12 stops. (The Ironton Tribune / Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

By JIM WALKER

Tribune Sports Editor

CHESAPEAKE — Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters.

The Chesapeake Panthers shook off 12 years of frustration and ended their losing streak to Wayne by beating the Pioneers 14-8 Friday.

“I told the kids before the game the streak is about previous years. This game was about our team this year and their team this year,” said first-year coach Andy Clark.

“They weren’t worried about it all. They expected to win the whole night.”

Clark was a senior and the Panthers’ starting quarterback in 1999 when they last beat Wayne 28-0. The loss was also Wayne’s first road loss since falling 30-19 on Oct. 13, 2006, at Tolsia, W.Va.

Helping to scare the ghosts away was the Chesapeake secondary. Javon Thompson had an interception in the end zone with 10 seconds left to preserve the win. It came moments after Patrick Hintz had an interception waived off for a pass interference call.

The Panthers (2-0) also got a big interception from Caleb Lindsey in the end zone earlier in the game to halt another Wayne scoring threat.

“We made some plays in the secondary. Those were times in the game that were crucial. We felt like we could cover them. We matched up there pretty well,” said Clark.

Nate Jones ran 11 times for 50 yards including a 16-yard touchdown scamper that put the Panthers up 7-0 in the first quarter. Jacob Wells added the first of two conversion kicks.

Wayne (1-1) took an 8-7 lead with 24 seconds left in the first quarter on a 6-yard run by Brandon Spurlock. Allen Bryant ran for the conversion.

Chesapeake took the lead for good in the second quarter on a 14-yard keeper by quarterback Austin McMaster with 1:32 left in the half. McMaster finished the game with 67 yards on 18 carries.

The Panthers also rushed for 191 yards as a team with a balanced attack. Brandon Noble added 54 yards on 12 tries to go with McMaster and Jones.

Spurlock had 150 yards on 21 carries as Wayne finished with 191 yards rushing and 96 more passing.

“Spurlock is a heck of a back. But outside of him, we shut them down,” said Clark.

The game featured a combined nine turnovers including seven fumbles from the moisture due the humidity.

Wayne 8 0 0 0 = 8

Chesapeake 7 7 0 0 = 14

First Quarter

Ch – Nate Jones 16 run (Jacob Wells kick) 10:52

Wa – Brandon Spurlock 6 run (Allen Bryant run) 0:24

Second Quarter

Ch – Austin McMaster 14 run (Jacob Wells kick) 1:32

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Wa Ch

First downs 14 12

Rushes-yards 37-191 46-191

Passing yards 95 31

Total yards 286 222

Cmp-Att-Int 9-19-2 2-6-0

Fumbles-lost 4-3 4-4

Penalties-yards 4-30 8-47

Punts-average 3-42 5-24.8

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Individual Leaders

RUSHING–Wayne: Brandon Spurlock 21-150, Allen Bryant 10-41, Tyler Adkins 4-4, James Egnor 1-2, Mason Hodge 1-minus 6; Chesapeake: Austin McMaster 18-67, Brandon Noble 12-54, Nate Jones 11-50, Patrick Hintz 3-23, Dylan Nichols 2-minus 3.

PASSING–Wayne: Tyler Adkins 9-19-2 95; Chesapeake: Austin McMaster 2-6-0 31.

RECEIVING–Wayne: Austin Pyles 5-52, Zach Cassidy 1-12, Allen Bryant 1-3, Steven Perry 1-27, Brandon Spurlock 1-1; Chesapeake: Javon Thompson 1-15, Tommy Noble 1-16.