Chesapeake overwhelms Symmes Valley 49-6
by Moses Leos III
Photo by Robert Stevens thegoldstudio
WILLOW WOOD — A 21-point first quarter barrage paved the way for the Chesapeake Panthers to notch a lopsided 49-6 road win over the Symmes Valley Vikings Friday.
With Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) play on the horizon, Panthers head coach Todd Knipp said getting back in the win column “is always good.”
Shouldering the load for Chesapeake (2-1) was an offensive attack that overpowered and overwhelmed Symmes Valley (2-1) for most of the contest. Leading that charge running back Kamren Harless who rushed for 96 of Chesapeake’s 282 yard output in the first half.Helping Harless was quarterback Donald Richendollar, as well as running backs Carson Nida, Will Todd and Logan Walsh.
Knipp said his backfield is a “special group” and that all of them play well for one another. He also lauded the team’s offensive line, who despite their youth, are gelling and have improved their level of play over the last couple of weeks.
“They’re doing a real good job right now, complimenting one another,” Knipp said.
Chesapeake surged out to a 21-0 lead after the first frame highlighted by an 18-yard touchdown run from Todd, along with a 47-yard punt return from Harless. The Panthers added 14 more unanswered points prior to intermission, including a two-yard touchdown run by Richendollar that gave Chesapeake a 35-0 halftime lead. Richendollar finished with three rushing touchdowns.
Knipp said he knew getting off to a strong start was important. Despite an early first quarter turnover, Chesapeake scored touchdowns on four of their next five first half drives.
“It was good because it gave us a boost and kept the game going and we couldn’t give it up,” Richendollar said. “We had the game flowing the whole time.”
Meanwhile, Chesapeake’s defense limited the Viking offense to less than 150 yards in the first half. Rusty Webb, Vikings head coach, said keeping up with Chesapeake’s overall team speed, which Symmes Valley couldn’t replicate in practices, was a challenge for most of the contest.
Richendollar said the Panthers kept getting after the ball on the defensive side, while also adhering to fundamentals.
“We had to go out on defense and come at them and stuff,” Richendollar said. “We worked on tackling and blocking and we did a lot better tonight.”
Webb lauded his team’s ability to make key adjustments, which he felt will be critical as they head into conference play later this season.
“This is always a good test for our kids. It lets us know where we’re at and what we need to work on. The goal is to always make the playoffs and win the conference. We need to play good competition and Chesapeake definitely provides that.”
But the Vikings drew no closer as Chesapeake’s defense tightened its grip and kept the Vikings scoreless the rest of the way. Meanwhile, Chesapeake tallied two more scores down the stretch, including a third score from Richendollar.
Head Coach Rusty Webb
- Current Team
- Symmes Valley
“We’re still very young. We’re mostly a sophomore dominated team,” Webb said. “It could have been easy to fold our tent. But the kids didn’t, they played all four quarters. That’s what we’ll need going forward.”
All eyes for Chesapeake now center on their OVC opener against Gallia Academy and readying for their spread offense, Knipp said.
“If we have a better practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll play harder,” Richendollar said.
Ch- Will Todd 18 run, Randy Wilson XP
Ch- Kamren Harless 50 punt return, Randy Wilson XP
Ch- Donald Richendollar 14 run, Randy Wilson XP
Ch- Logan Walsh 27 run, Randy Wilson XP
Ch- Donald Richendollar 4 run, Randy Wilson XP
SV- Jack Leith 2 Run
Ch- Donald Richendollar 5 run, Randy Wilson XP
Ch- Marcus Burnside 34 run, Randy Wilson XP
Chesapeake overwhelms Symmes Valley 49-6
A 21-point first quarter barrage paved the way for the Chesapeake Panthers to notch a lopsided 49-6 road win over the Symmes Valley Vikings Friday.Full Recap Here https://seohiopreps.com/football/event/338/Posted by Southeasternohiopreps.com on Saturday, September 14, 2019
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