Panthers hold on to edge Redmen

Published 10:34 pm Saturday, October 22, 2016

Jim Walker

PEDRO — This game was just what was expected.
Two teams with similar offensive styles collided on Friday with the Chesapeake Panthers edging the Rock Hill Redmen 24-13 in an Ohio Valley Conference game.
Chesapeake is now 8-1 and can lock up a home playoff game by beating rival Fairland at home this Friday.
The Panthers are now 5-1 in the OVC.
Rock Hill fell to 6-3 and 3-3 in the league. The Redmen visit their rival Coal Grove on Friday.
Chesapeake had 397 total yards with 332 coming on the ground. Quarterback Casey McComas accounted for the bulk of the yardage. He ran 15 times for 175 yards and two touchdowns and was 5-of-9 passing for 65 yards.
The Redmen rushed for 318yards and threw for 27 to give them 345 total yards.
Logan Hankins ran 14 times for 150 yards and a score while Brady Knipp carried 19 times for 117 yards.
Hankins also caught all three Mason Darby completions including a touchdown toss.

Rock Hill fullback Trystan Matney hurt his ankle early and was forced to play only defense.
“It’s a tough offense to defend and that’s why we both run it,” said Panthers’ coach Andy Clark. “
“We made enough plays defensively to win the game. We missed some tackles, but give them credit. They run hard and play hard. We gave up 300 yards rushing, but over 100 yards of that was on two plays. The one play at the end we shifted the wrong way and gave up the big touchdown run.”
Rock Hill coach Todd Knipp said his team was stalled by mistakes.
“We didn’t finish drives and we turned the ball over twice in the fourth quarter,” said Knipp.
“They were able to make plays when they needed to. Our kids played hard and played well. We just didn’t make as many plays as we needed to.”
Chesapeake jumped in front 7-0 on a 66-yard run by McComas with 4:50 left in the first quarter. Dalton Nida kicked the extra point.
The Panthers went up 14-0 on a 5-yard run by McComas with 3:10 left in the half, but the Redmen put together a quick scoring drive capped by Darby’s 9-yard scoring pass to Hankins with just 26 seconds on the clock and it was 14-7 at the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Nida kicked a 27-yard field goal that extended the lead to 17-7.
Rock Hill answered once again as Hankins broke free on a 56-yard scoring run. The conversion kick was blocked and it was 17-13 with less than four minutes to play.
After a Chesapeake punt, the Redmen started to move the ball. But with time running out, Austin Browning jumped in front of a Rock Hill receiver and came up with a 45-yard interception return with 1:01 to play that sealed the outcome.
“Browning made a nice play. He read it and broke on it,” said Clark.
“Defensively we played well for the most part. Offensively we gained yards but kept shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties.”
Chesapeake    7    7    0    10    =    24
Rock Hill    0    7    0    6    =    13
First Quarter
Ch — Casey McComas 66 run (Dalton Nida kick) 4:50
Second Quarter
Ch — Casey McComas 5 run (Dalton Nida kick) 3:10
RH — Logan Hankins 9 pass from Mason Darby (Trystan Matney kick) 0:26
Fourth Quarter
Ch — Dalton Nida 27 field goal 9:24
RH — Logan Hankins 56 (kick blocked) 3:50
Ch — Austin Browning 45 interception return (Dalton Nida kick) 1:01
Ch    RH
First downs    13    7
Rushes-yards    39-332    45-318
Passing yards    65    27
Total yards    397    345
Cmp-Att-Int    5-9-0    3-9-1
Fumbles-lost    1-1    2-1
Penalties-yards    12-95    7-65
Punts-average    4-35.5    2-44.5
Individual Leaders
RUSHING—Chesapeake: Casey McComas 15-175 2-TD, Ty Wilcoxon 1-12, Cecil Fletcher 9-88, J.W. Bartrum 8-32, Will Scott 6-25; Rock Hill: Logan Hankins 14-150 TD, Mason Darby 5-18, Tanner Martin 1-minus 3, Tim Adkins 1-3, Zak Adkins 2-7, Trystan Matney 3-26, Brady Knipp 19-117.
PASSING—Chesapeake: Casey McComas 5-9-0 65; Rock Hill: Mason Darby 3-9-1 27 TD.
RECEIVING—Chesapeake: Ty Wilcoxon 4-45, Shamarr Morris 1-20; Rock Hill: Logan Hankins 3-27 TD.

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