South Point gets by Chesapeake
CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — The South Point High School football team has been in plenty of shootouts this season, so a defensive grinder against a beleaguered Chesapeake squad was a bit of an adjustment.
Still, the Pointers (6-2) were able to get the 19-7 road win Friday night.
Despite being decimated by injuries, Chesapeake (1-7), came out fired up on a night where the field at its new stadium was named in honor of former coach Phil Davis.
Davis gave a rousing “Go Panthers!” over the public address system before the game, and Chesapeake answered the call.
On the second play of the game, Panthers running back Chad Meadows took a handoff up the gut and broke out for a 71-yard touchdown run.
But it would be the only points the Panthers could muster, as they were simply a step too slow on offense and had trouble tackling on defense. Chesapeake couldn’t get the ball to the edge in its running game, and had to go up the middle, where South Point was bringing extra pressure.
“We put some more speed guys on defensive end, and the whole scheme was predicated on them containing the outside, so (Chesapeake) would have to go off-tackle where our linebackers could fill,” said South Point head coach Rick Marcello.
The Pointers ace quarterback Gage Townson had a difficult game, but was able to make big plays when South Point needed them, including a 32-yard touchdown pass on 3rd and 20 to tie the game in the first quarter, and a 10-yard TD pass to take the lead in the second. He also ran in a score from 12 yards out in the third quarter.
“He’s going to have some nights where he’s off statistically, but he did a good job of leading this team tonight and he’ll take the W anytime,” Marcello said.
Chesapeake had two major opportunities to get back in the game late in the second quarter.
J.B. Brammer blocked a South Point punt that gave the Panthers the ball on the South Point 30-yard-line.
While Chesapeake was able to generate one first down on the drive, the offense eventually sputtered and the Panthers settled for a 36-yard field goal try. The kick had plenty of leg but went just wide left.
The Panthers defense was able to stiffen up and force South Point to punt with less than a minute to go until the half. Meadows broke off a 55-yard touchdown run, but it was wiped out by a holding call.
The Pointers held Chesapeake to 42 yards of offense in the second half.
It’s a big win for a South Point team that got off to a 4-0 start, then dropped two straight games.
“With all due respect, Chesapeake has a lot of injuries ... and a tough schedule” Marcello said.
“But it means a lot to the program. We’re trying to just win one game at a time. This team has instilled confidence in themselves, they always feel like they’re in the game and they believe in the system we’ve put in.”
SOUTH POINT 7 6 6 0 -- 19
CHESAPEAKE 7 0 0 0 -- 7
C -- C. Meadows 71 run (Stephens kick).
SP -- Harlow 32 pass from Townson (White kick).
SP -- Harlow 10 pass from Townson (Kick blocked).
SP -- Townson 12 run (Kick blocked)
First downs: 19 12
Yards: 348 222
Rushes-yards: 30-158 42-169
Passes 11-25-0 5-10-0
Passing yards: 190 63
Penalties-yards: 8-60 6-35
Fumbles-lost: 1-0 3-1
RUSHING -- SP: White 5-12, J. Leonard 15-88, Townson 9-42, Damron 3-4, D. Leonard 2-11. CH: C. Meadows 13-124, TD, B. Meadows 5-11, Smith 12-47, McComas 2- minus 5, Oldaker 8- minus 4.
PASSING -- SP: Townson 11-25-0, 190. CH: Oldaker 5-10-0, 63.
RECEIVING -- SP: Harlow 4-69, White 2-43, Jones 1-2. CH: Thompson 2-29, Ashworth 1-12, Saunders 2-22.
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