Coal Grove crushes Chesapeake
COAL GROVE, Ohio — It was a game between two teams that aren’t going to factor into the Ohio Valley Conference title or playoff picture, but it’s still a rivalry, and Coal Grove football players were calling for the “Little Brown Jug” to be brought out after hammering Chesapeake, 53-14, Friday night at Patterson Field.
“It’s always been a big rivalry, and it just feels good to get out of here with a win,” Hornets coach Dave Lucas said.
Wins have been at a premium for both teams, though Coal Grove (4-5) didn’t exactly “get out” with a victory Friday night. Instead, the Hornets cruised on their Senior Night and fans who braved the cold got a glimpse of what the future might hold for a team that is only losing three players after the 2013 season.
Coal Grove pounced on the Panthers early, forcing a three-and-out on Chesapeake’s (1-8) first possession, then turning around and striking for a big play as junior southpaw quarterback Jessie Rigsby found Connor Markins for a 30-yard touchdown toss on a 4th and 8 play.
A Chesapeake team that is beset with injuries couldn’t mount much offense to answer and Rigsby would plunge into the end zone for a score, find Markins again for a 17-yard passing TD and hit Mason Nance on a 9-yard touchdown pass to put the Hornets up 26-0 with 4:55 to go in the first half.
The Panthers would finally mount a drive on their final possession of the half, with Nate Smith, who provided a desperately needed spark of speed, plunging into the end zone with 52 seconds remaining until intermission.
Chesapeake opened the second half with a failed onside kick attempt.
On Coal Grove’s first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, running back Isaiah Gunther broke a 54-yard dash for a touchdown.
The Panthers answered with a 9-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Austin Oldaker to Smith, but it would be the last time the Panthers scored.
Coal Grove went mostly to a power ground attack for the rest of the game, though Rigsby did lob a 44-yard bomb to Markins for a touchdown with about four minutes left.
Lucas said although his team isn’t playoff bound, he liked what he saw Friday.
“The object is to get better every game,” he said. “These kids have had a tough schedule, but they’ve hung together and they’re still getting better. That’s the important thing, to keep the kids getting better and keep their heads up.”
Coal Grove finishes the season at South Point next week against a tough Pointers team, while the Panthers will try to finish 2013 on a positive note, facing a struggling Rock Hill squad.
CHESAPEAKE 0 7 7 0 – 14
COAL GROVE 14 12 17 14 – 53
CG – Markins 30 pass from Rigsby (Joseph kick)
CG – Rigsby 1 run (Joseph kick)
CG – Markins 17 pass from Rigsby (Kick failed)
CG – Nance 9 pass from Rigsby (Kick failed)
C – Smith 1 run (Stephens kick)
CG – Gunther 54 run (kick failed)
C – Smith 9 pass from Oldaker (Stephens kick)
CG – Miller 9 run (Joseph kick)
CG – Akers 5 pass from Rigsby (Joseph kick)
CG – Markins 44 pass from Rigsby (Joseph kick)
First downs: 17 19
Yards: 264 556
Rushes-yards: 39-147 27-384
Passing: 7-13-1 9-13-1
Passing yards: 117 173
Penalties/yards: 6-40 7-85
Fumbles/lost: 2-0 0-0
RUSHING — CHES: Smith 15-93; Meadows 12-45; McComas 3-29; Oldaker 5-5; Brown 6-2; White 1-1; Bartrum 1- minus 6; Singson 1-6. CG: Gunther 7-142; Miller 7-89; Tucker 3-9; Rigsby 7-58; Clark 1-10; Ruggles 1-20; Rutherford 1-7.
PASSING — CHES: Oldaker 5-14-1, 67; McComas 2-2-0, 50. CG: Rigsby 9-13-1, 173 yards.
RECEIVING — CHES: Saunders 1-5; B. Meadows 2-33; McComas 1-23; C. Meadows 1-22; Thompson 1-20; Smith 1-9; CG: Markins 5-121; Paulus 1-12; Akers 2-26; Nance 1-13.
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