Panthers run over Trojans

Derrick Parker

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Portsmouth- The Portsmouth Trojans fell to the Chesapeake Panthers 49-18 Friday night in an OVC contest.

Chesapeake quarterback McComas was dominating on both sides of the ball. On the first play of the drive following Portsmouth’s second touchdown, he ran the ball on a read option for a 70 yard touchdown score on the very first play of the drive. This adds to his first half touchdowns: a 32-yard rush to open the game, a 30-yard pass to Asheworth, and another 21-yard rush coming off a surprise onside kick recovery.

Portsmouth quarterback Cole Lowry and the Trojans would answer back, following Chesapeake’s score to make it 28-12. Lowry hooked up with wide receiver Williams for a touchdown, but missed the two point conversion for the third time in the ballgame.

McComas would go on to rush for a total of 221 yards, with four rushing touchdowns as he ran the option to perfection. Chesapeake would find the end zone three more times in the night, with the last score coming from a 47-yard interception return.

“It really went downhill when they ended up onside kicking, I mean we were ready for it the guys knew, but they ended up executing it,” Trojans coach Aaron Duncan said. “So we ending up going into halftime 21-0 against a good team and we just kinda dug ourselves a hole. We came out in the second half and got some stops and got the ball moving, we had some momentum but every time we felt like we were climbing out of the hole we just slipped back down.”

Portsmouth ended up turning the ball over four times. Duncan knew coming into the game that they had to limit turnovers and slow down McComas. Neither worked out for the Trojans.

“Just too many turnovers. And Chesapeake has an excellent quarterback,” said Duncan. “We did try to come out and lineup and run, and Hollins played a great game. But they managed to get the turnovers when they needed to.”

Duncan now has to prepare for their next OVC opponent, the Coal Grove Hornets.

“Coal Grove is a physical football team. They are going to run on us. They are a version of Ironton, they are going to come out with a power running game and we need to have a great week of practice to try to stop it.”

The Trojans (3-5, 2-3) go on next week to host Coal Grove. Chesapeake moves to 7-1 with a 3-1 record in the OVC.

Box Score

Portsmouth 0 0 12 6 18

Chesapeake 7 14 7 21 49

Scoring Summary

1st quarter

Chesapeake- McComas 32-yard TD run. PAT good.

2nd quarter

Chesapeake- McComas 30-yard TD pass to Asheworth. PAT good.

Chesapeke- McComas 21-yard TD run. PAT good.

3rd quarter

Portsmouth- Hollins 61-yard TD run. 2 pt conversion failed.

Portsmouth- Lowry six yard TD pass to Delotell. 2 pt conversion failed.

Chesapeake- McComas 70-yard TD run. PAT good.

4th quarter

Portsmouth- Lowry 20 yard TD pass to Williams. 2 pt conversion failed.

Chesapeake- Brown 22-yard TD rush. PAT good.

Chesapeake- McComas 45-yard TD run. PAT good.

Chesapeake- McComas 22-yard int return for a touchdown. PAT good.

Individual stats:

Rushing- Portsmouth: Hollins 23 attempts 172 yards 1 TD, Richardson 2 attempts 15 yards, Mullins 5 attempts 32 yards, Lowry 10 attempts 3 yards; Chesapeake: Bartrum 6 attempts 30 yards, Brown 10 attempts 67 yards 1 TD, McComas 16 attempts 221 yards 4 TDs,

Passing- Portsmouth: Lowry 7/12 93 yards 2 TDs 4 INTs ; Chesapeake: McComas 2/5 39 yards 1 TD

Receiving- Portsmouth: Purdy 2 receptions 31 yards, Williams 4 receptions 57 yards 1 td, Delotell 1 reception 6 yards 1 td; Chesapeake: Asheworth 1 reception 30 yards 1 TD, Brown 1 reception 9 yards
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