Updated Mon, Oct 1, 2012 10:56 am
The Maysville Panthers (5-1) moved into second place in the MVL tonight with a win over the Crooksville Ceramics (2-4) in front of a roaring Homecoming crowd. After a slow start, the Panthers were able to find their groove and ended up defeating the Ceramics in convincing fashion, 34-7.
The Ceramics were the first to find the end zone tonight in what was a not-so-hot performance from their offense. Their only score came on their third drive of the game with 8:24 remaining in the second quarter, when senior quarterback Lake Channel led his team on a 61-yard drive, capping the drive with a four-yard touchdown pass to his tight end Dalton Rollison.
Four minutes later, on Maysville’s ensuing possession, the Panthers were able to respond with a touchdown of their own. Sophomore running back Eli Chambers took a pitch off of the right end and was able to take it 37 yards for the score, however the PAT was wide left, making the score 7-6 Ceramics.
This would be the last sight of a lead for the Ceramics on the night.
The next drive for the Ceramics ended in a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown by Maysville senior Justin Wilson, giving the Panthers the lead, 13-7. They would not stop here.
Just over one minute later, the Panthers scored yet another touchdown on a 35-yard pass from Jacob Miller to C.J. Harris over the middle, putting the Panthers up 20-7 at halftime. Maysville was able to keep the defensive intensity up and tack on two more scores in the second half.
Maysville running back Eli Chambers ended the game with 5 carries for 27 yards and a score, also tacking on an 85-yard kick off return for a touchdown as well as an interception on the defensive side. Not much going for Crooksville tonight, as quarterback Lake Channel finished 12-for-21 for 120 yards and a touchdown, throwing three interceptions in the mix.
The Panthers head to Coshocton next week while the Ceramics are at home against West Muskingum.