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Ironton rolls past Panthers, 58-10


Ironton Fighting Tigers’ Dalton Crabtree (33) and Reid Carrico (28) team up to bring down Chesapeake Panthers’ running back Marcus Burnside. (Kent Sanborn/Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

CHESAPEAKE — Reid Carrico took a half day off. Why not? He put in more than a full day of work in just the first half.
The Ironton senior running back carried just six times but for 190 yards and three touchdowns — all in the first half — as the Fighting Tigers remained unbeaten with a 58-10 win over the Chesapeake Panthers on Friday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.
Ironton (5-0, 5-0) racked up 340 yards rushing and quarterback Tayden Carpenter was 8-of-15 for 150 yards and three scores.
The defense was dominant again as Ironton held the Panthers to 85 total yards including a net minus 21 yards rushing.
Quarterback Donald Richendollar was 6-of-13 passing for 106 yards and returned a kickoff for a touchdown to pace Chesapeake (2-3, 2-3).
Jimmy Mahlmeister kicked his first field goal of the season when he connected on a 42-yarder with 7:51 left in the first quarter.
Carrico then took over with a 28-yard scoring run and it was 14-0.
But Richendollar returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and it was 14-7.
Carrico answered two plays later with a 60-yard scoring jaunt and it was 17-7.
Behind three Richendollar completions, Chesapeake got to the Ironton 11 and Lucas Shepherd kicked a 28-yard field goal and it was 17-10 with 4:13 to go in the half.
It was Carrico time again and after he was hit for a 4–yard loss, he took the next handoff and galloped 79 yards for the score and a 24-10 lead.
The Fighting Tigers forced a three-and-out and moved quickly down the field on the aid of a 35-yard pass from Carpenter to Aaron Masters.
Carpenter then hit Angelo Washington with a 9-yard scoring pass and it was 31-10 with just seven seconds left in the half.
Carpenter had a hand in Ironton’s three third quarter touchdowns as he threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Master, ran 1-yard for a score and then teamed up with Trent Hacker on a 76-yard touchdown pass play and it was 51-10.
The final Ironton score came with 4:59 to play when Jaquez Keyes was hit near the goal line and fumbled but Dylan Carpenter fell on the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.
Next Friday, Ironton host South Point and Chesapeake entertains Coal Grove.
Ironton 17 14 20 7 = 58
Chesapeake 7 3 0 0 = 10
First Quarter
Irn – Jimmy Mahlmeister 42 field goal 7:51
Irn – Reid Carrico 28 run (Jimmy Mahlmeister kick) 4:45
Ch – Donald Richendollar 94 kickoff return (Lucas Shepherd kick) 4:15
Irn – Reid Carrico 60 run (Jimmy Mahlmeister kick) 3:36
Second Quarter
Ch – Lucas Shepherd 28 field goal 4:13
Irn – Reid Carrico 79 run (Jimmy Mahlmeister kick) 3:22
Irn – Angelo Washington 9 pass from Tayden Carpenter (Jimmy Mahlmeister kick) 0:07
Third Quarter
Irn – Aaron Masters 18 pass from Tayden Carpenter (Jimmy Mahlmeister kick) 11:18
Irn – Tayden Carpenter 1 run (conversion failed) 9:25
Irn – Trent Hacker 76 pass from Tayden Carpenter (Jimmy Mahlmeister kick) 0:50
Fourth Quarter
Irn – Dylan Carpenter fumble recovery in end zone (Jimmy Mahlmeister kick) 4:59
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Irn Ch
First downs 10 3
Rushes-yards 24-340 33-(-) 21
Passing yards 150 106
Total yards 490 85
Cmp-Att-Int 8-15-0 6-13-0 106
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-1
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Individual Leaders
RUSHING —Ironton: Reid Carrico 6-190 3TD, Trevor Carter 5-58, Tayden Carpenter 3-45, Cameron Deere 4-26, Jaquez Keyes 6-21; Chesapeake: Donald Richendollar 16-minus 33, Ben Bragg 7-7.
PASSING — Ironton: Tayden Carpenter 8-15-0 150 3TD; Chesapeake: Donald Richendollar 6-13-0 106.
RECEIVING — Ironton: Trent Hacker 1-76 TD, Clarence West 2-21, Aaron Masters 1-18 TD; Chesapeake: Thomas Sentz 3-80, Ian Hicks 2-16, Ben Bragg 1-10.