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Indians blank Panthers, 23-0

Chesapeake Panthers’ linebacker Brad Meadows (50) makes a direct hit on Lucasville Valley quarterback Bryan Rolfe during Saturday’s Division VI Region 21 quarterfinal playoff game. The Panthes fell to the Indians 23-0. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Chesapeake Panthers’ linebacker Brad Meadows (50) makes a direct hit on Lucasville Valley quarterback Bryan Rolfe during Saturday’s Division VI Region 21 quarterfinal playoff game. The Panthes fell to the Indians 23-0. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Josh Morrison

jiosh.morrison@irontontribune.com

 

LUCASVILLE — Although purple was the main color of each team’s uniform, many of the players likely saw a lot of purple on their arms and legs after the Division VI Region 21 quarterfinal Saturday night.

In what was a very physical battle of two eight-win teams, in the end, it was the Valley Indians moving on with a 23-0 win over the Chesapeake Panthers.

Over the last several years, Valley has been known for its high-scoring offense, but it was the Indians going on long methodical drives throughout the contest.

It appeared Valley would strike quickly on their opening possession when Blake Howard sprang through a crease on the third play of the game covering 32 yards, but Chesapeake’s Ty Wilcoxon ran Howard down, stripped of the ball and ultimately recovered the fumble.

The Panthers (8-3) then marched 67 yards in 15 plays only to miss a 28-yard field goal after the drive bogged down.

The drive ate up over eight minutes off the first quarter clock. Not only did the Panthers fail to score, but they also lost leading rusher Maccoy Brown who was injured early in the drive and would not return.

Valley (9-1) then begin a long drive of its own by going 80 yards in 12 plays and resulted in a Blake Howard 19-yard run to put the Indians on the board.

The extra-point was no good and the score was 6-0 with 8:29 to go in the second quarter.

Howard finished the game with 156-yards on 20 carries.

After both teams traded punts, the Panthers fumbled and the Indians recovered and took over at the Chesapeake 30-yard line.

Valley moved inside the 10, but would be forced to settle for a Bryan Rolfe 22-yard field goal to take a 9-0 lead into halftime.

After forcing a Chesapeake three and out to begin the second half, the Indians extended their lead when Sam Basham capped a five-play, 52-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown run.

Rolfe added the extra-point to make the score 16-0 with 8:37 to go in the third.

Basham finished with 99 yards on 14 carries.

Chesapeake was forced to a punt again, but punter Will Scott took the snap, ran a fake to the right side only to be tackled one yard short of the first down.

Valley took over at its own 46-yard line and scored what would set the final score at 23-0 when Rolfe found Levi Whitt in the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown pass on fourth down.

Casey McComas led the Panthers with 93 yards on 16 carries and was 5-11 passing for 20 yards.

Will Scott added 23 yards on nine carries for Chesapeake.

Chesapeake 0 0 0 0 = 0

Lucasville 0 9 14 0 = 23

Second Quarter

LV — Blake Howard 19 run (kick failed) 8:29

LV — Bryan Rolfe 22 field goal 0:23

Third Quarter

LV — Sam Basham 9 run (Bryan Rolfe run) 8:37

LV — Levi Whitt 3 pass from Bryan Rolfe (Rolfe kick) 4:04

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Ch LV

First downs 9 18

Rushes-yards 33-141 42-271

Passing yards 20 51

Total yards 161 322

Cmp-Att-Int 5-11-0 6-16-0

Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1

Penalties-yards 1-9 3-34

Punts-average 2-14.5 1-36.0

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Individual Leaders

RUSHING — Chesapeake: Casey McComas 16-93, Will Scott 9-23, Maccoy Brown 2-11, Cecil Fletcher 2-8, Ty Wilcoxon 3-7, J.W. Bartrum 1- minus 1; Lucasville Valley: Blake Howard 20-156 TD, Sam Basham 14-99 TD, Bryan Rolfe 4-11, J.T. Ward 2-7, Team 2- minus 2.

PASSING — Chesapeake: Casey McComas 5-11-20; Lucasville Valley: 6-16-51 TD.

RECEIVING — Chesapeake: Austin Oldaker 2-16, Ty Wilcoxon 1-3, J.W. Bartrum 2-1; Lucasville Valley: Levi Whitt 1-3 TD, Blake Howard 3-33, Dylan Howard 2-15.