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Collins runs Panthers past Raiders

Jim Walker



BIDWELL — The Chesapeake Panthers must have their own definition about daylight savings time.

The Panthers wasted little time with six touchdowns on the first play of a possession as they romped past the River Valley Raiders 54-27 in an Ohio Valley Conference game on Friday.

Jacob Collins made the most of his time by rushing for 258 yards on just seven carries. He scored five touchdowns, each on the first play of a series. Nate Jones had 105 yards on just five attempts and scored on a 50-yard run.

“We played pretty well offensively. Our backs ran well,” said Panthers’ coach Andy Clark.

Quarterback Caleb Lindsey was 5 of 8 passing for 94 yards and a touchdown. Javon Thompson had four catches for 82 yards and a score.

The only real problem for the Panthers was turnovers. They lost two fumbles that led to River Valley touchdowns.

“We played hard the whole game. We tackled well except for the second quarter, but their tailback (Kyle Brown) has good size and you can’t hit him too high,” said Clark.

Brown finished with 126 yards on 30 attempts. The Raiders had 187 yards rushing and 92 passing.

Chesapeake’s defense racked up 10 tackles for a loss with T.J. McCoy registering 16 tackles to lead the defense.

Thompson caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Lindsey less than two minutes into the game for a 7-0 lead.

Collins then had first-play touchdown runs of 37, 65, 63 and 66 yards as the Panthers built a 34-13 lead.

Lindsey hit Thompson on a 15-yard scoring pass on the last play of the half to make it 40-13.

The Raiders (1-5, 0-1) got their two first half scores on a 9-yard run by Brown following a long kickoff return and on a 2-yard run by Brown after recovering a fumble.

Chesapeake (2-4 1-0) put the game away on a 69-yard scoring run by Collins and a 50-yard jaunt by Jones in the third quarter and it was 54-13.

River Valley got two late scores when Dayton Hardway threw a 42-yard pass to Ethan Dovenbarger and Austin Davies ran 2 yards with 1:37 to play.

Chesapeake 19 21 14 0 = 54

River Valley 0 13 0 14 = 27

First Quarter

Ch — Javon Thompson 50 pass from Caleb Lindsey (Wesley Stephens kick) 10:50

Ch — Jacob Collins 37 run (kick failed) 4:12

Ch — Jacob Collins 65 run (kick failed) 2:14

Second Quarter

Ch — Jacob Collins 63 run (Javon Thompson pass from Caleb Lindsey) 11:37

RV — Kyle Brown 9 run (kick failed) 11:53

RV — Kyle Brown 2 run (Dustin Shepherd kick) 3:43

Ch — Jacob Collins 66 (Wesley Stephens kick) 3:31

Ch — Javon Thompson 15 pass from Caleb Lindsey (kick failed) 0:00

Third Quarter

Ch — Jacob Collins 69 run (Wesley Stephens kick) 11:00

Ch — Nate Jones 50 run (Jackie Nelson kick) 7:24

Fourth Quarter

RV — Evan Dovenbarger 42 pass from Dayton Hardway (kick failed) 6:48

RV — Austin Davies 2 run (Dustin Shepherd kick) 1:37

Team Statistics


First downs 10 14

Rushes-yards 28-448 50-187

Passing yards 94 92

Total yards 542 279

Cmp-Att-Int 5-8-0 6-19-2

Fumbles-lost 2-2 2-1

Penalties-yards 2-15 5-45

Punts-average 3-33.7 3-25.3

Individual Leaders

RUSHING—Chesapeake: Jacob Collins 7-258, Nate Jones 5-105, Mike Walters 1-9, Javon Thompson 1-66, Shaden White 3-0, Grant Hawthorne 3-1, Nate Smith 6-13, Austin Oldaker 1-minus 4, Zach Blair 1-0; River Valley: Kyle Brown 30-126, Austin Whobrey 13-14, Austin Davies 5-11, Dayton Hardway 2-36.

PASSING—Chesapeake: Caleb Lindsey 5-8-0 94; River Valley: Austin WHobrey 2-8-2 23, Dayton Hardway 4-11-0 69.

RECEIVING—Chesapeake: Javon Thompson 4-82, Mike Walters 1-12; River Valley; Ethan Dovenbarger 3-65, Jay Kostival 1-13, Jared Mabe 1-14.