CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — Despite scoring a season-high in points, the River Valley football team dropped its fifth straight decision Friday night during a 54-27 setback to host Chesapeake in a Week 6 Ohio Valley Conference matchup in Lawrence County.
The visiting Raiders (1-5, 0-1 OVC) fell behind 27-0 in the early moments of the second quarter, but rallied with consecutive scores to pull within 27-13 with less than four minutes remaining in the first half.
The Panthers (2-4, 1-0 OVC), however, answered with 13 points before half to take a 40-13 intermission edge, then tacked on another 14 points in the third canto for a sizable 54-13 advantage. RVHS picked up a pair of scores in late in the game to wrap up the 27-point setback.
Chesapeake outgained the Raiders by a 542-279 margin in total offense, which included a sizable 448-187 edge in the rushing game. River Valley finished the night minus-1 in turnover differential and was also penalized five times for 45 yards, while CHS was flagged twice for 15 yards.
Chesapeake led 7-0 just 70 seconds into regulation, as Javon Thompson hauled in a 50-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Lindsey at the 10:50 mark of the first quarter. Jacob Collins added TD runs of 37 and 65 yards on the Panthers’ next two drives, resulting in a 19-0 edge with 2:14 left in the opening period.
Collins added a 63-yard scamper at the 11:37 mark of the second period for a 27-0 cushion, but the Raiders’ Kyle Brown countered with TD runs of nine and two yards to pull the guests to within two scores with 3:43 left before halftime.
Collins ran 66 yards to paydirt on the first play of the ensuing drive for a 34-13 lead with 3:31 remaining, then Thompson hauled in a 15-yard scoring strike from Lindsey with no time left on the clock for a 40-13 intermission advantage.
Collins added his fifth and final rushing TD of the night a minute into the third quarter after rumbling 69 yards for a 47-13 advantage. Nate Jones followed with a 50-yard scoring run at the 7:24 mark to conclude Chesapeake’s scoring at 54-13.
Ethan Dovenbarger hauled in a 42-yard TD pass from Dayton Hardway with 6:48 left in regulation for a 54-19 contest. Austin Davies rounded out the scoring on a two-yard run with 1:37 left in the game. River Valley claimed a 14-10 advantage in first downs and had twice as many rushing yards as passing yards on the night.
Brown led the Raiders ground attack with 30 carries for 126 yards, while Hardway added two rushes for 36 yards. Austin Whobrey had 13 attempts for 14 yards and Austin Davies had five totes for 11 yards.
Whobrey was 2-of-8 passing for 23 yards with two interceptions, while Hardway was 4-of-11 passing for 69 yards and a TD. Dovenbarger led the wideouts with three catches for 65 yards, followed by Jared Mabe and Jon Kostival with a catch apiece for 14 and 13 yards respectively.
Collins led the Panthers attack with 258 rushing yards on seven carries, followed by Jones with five attempts for 105 yards. Lindsey finished the night 5-of-8 passing for 94 yards and two scores, while Thompson led the receivers with four catches for 82 yards and two scores.
River Valley returns to OVC action next Friday when it travels to Coal Grove for a Week 7 matchup at 7:30 p.m.