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Chesterfield Secures Top Seed in Playoffs The Chesterfield Rams went on the road Friday night to take on the 8-1 McBee Panthers with a lot riding on the outcome of the game. A win would secure the top seed in the Upper State Big 1A playoffs and home-field advantage throughout. A win would bring the second straight Region 3A championship to Chesterfield. A win would mean the Rams would finish the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record, the first in the school’s history. And when all was said and done, the Rams had accomplished all three with a 36- 12 win. The game had a playoff feel to it. Attendance at the game shattered previous records at McBee with an announced attendance of 3100. When the Chesterfield bus drove into the stadium nearly two hours before kick-off, a sea of Ram fans dressed in their “whiteout” filled the visitors’ stands; as the players and coaches walked onto the field, they were greeted with a standing ovation from the Rams fans and a chorus of boos from the Panther fans across the field. And as the teams warmed up, the Chesterfield fans dueled with the McBee fans dressed in their “blackout.” The Rams opened the game kicking off to the Panthers and the Ram defense delivered a quick three and out forcing a punt. The Ram offense also misfired on its first chance and punted. The defense again forced a three and out, and after the McBee punt, the Rams offense started from its own 37. A 28 yard pass from Seth Truesdale to Jonathan Murvin moved the ball to the McBee 30 yard line On second and four, Derrick McQueen went down the left sideling to the McBee 5, and on first and goal, Sergio Johnson raced in from five yards out for the Rams first score of the night. JT Cutchin’s PAT put the Rams on top 7-0 with 4:35 left in the 1st quarter. The Panthers went on a 10 play drive that ended with an interception by Sergio Johnson giving the Ram offense the ball at their 34 yard line. The Rams took little time moving 66 yards in 6 plays for their second score. Seth Truesdale hooked up with Sergio Johnson on a 32 yard touchdown with 9:02 left in the half. JT Cutchin’s extra point put the Rams on top 14-0. The Ram defense again limited the Panthers to three plays, and after the punt, the offense was back at work from their 24 yard line. The Rams, clicking on all cylinders, went on an 11 play scoring drive that ended with a 1 yard TD pass from Seth Truesdale to Jonathan Murvin. With JT Cutchin’s successful PAT, the Rams led 21-0 with 2:27 left in the first half. McBee started from their 20 when Moon Edward’s kickoff went into the end zone. A 34 yard run gave the Panthers life at the Chesterfield 45. A QB sack threw the Panthers back to a third and twenty from their 45. On the next play, the Panthers connected on a 55 yard touchdown pass to cut the Rams lead to 21-6. The Panthers two-point conversion attempt was overwhelmed by the fired up Ram defense to end the half. McBee’s onside kick was recovered by the Rams and they wasted little time moving fifty-five yards for their fourth touchdown of the night. Sergio Johnson ran the ball in from the five for his third score of the night. JT Cutchin made the score 28-6 with 10:03 left in the third period. The defenses and the officials took over the game for the rest of the third quarter. An interception by McBee, a fumble recovery by each team kept the offenses at bay. In the fourth quarter McBee went on a 15 play, 70 yard drive, aided by two 15 yard penalties against the Rams that ended with a 3 yard scoring run by the Panthers with 6:44 left in the game that closed the Ram lead to 28-12. The Ram offense immediately answered the call with a scoring drive that started on the C’field 41. On first down, Seth Truesdale hooked up with Sergio Johnson on a 37 yard completion down to the Panther 22. The Rams took three plays to score again on a 6 yard pass to Johnson, his 4th touchdown of the night. After two penalties against the Panthers, the Rams punched in a 2 point conversion to make the final score 36-12. The offensive player of the game was Sergio Johnson who had two rushing touchdowns and two pass receptions for touchdown. The defensive player of the game was Brandon William who had 17 tackles to lead the defense. The Ram defense held the vaunted Panther running game to less than 100 yards, and less than 200 total yards of offense. The defense is the top-ranked scoring defense in any classification giving up 32 points in 10 games or 3.2 points per game average. The Ram offense rolled up over 400 yards of total offense against the Panthers. On the season, the Rams are averaging 44.1 points per game. The win gives the Rams the #1 seed in the Big 1A Upper State playoffs. The top seed means that the Rams will be playing at home throughout the playoffs. The opponent in the first round next Friday night will be the 8th seed, the Lewisville Lions.
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