Cavs Come Up Short, Lose at Jackson 15-14
Friday 10-22-2010 11:52pm ET
Close, but no cigar.
While they yielded a number of yards in the first half, the Chillicothe defense held Jackson at bay until the 1:15 mark. Entering the game, the Ironmen offense had been averaging nearly 40 points per game. However, the Cavalier D didn't allow a score until Drew Ervin's 7-yard run just before halftime.
After the intermission, the Cavaliers began a 5-play 53-yard drive from their own 47and pulling within 7-6 on a 42-yard touchdown run by Isaac Beverly. Beverly was moved to tailback, following an injury suffered by Casey Oates this week in practice. A 2-point conversion attempt failed leaving the Cavs a point-shy.
The two sides exchanged punts through the end of the third quarter. The third closed when Jayson Howard sacked quarterback Kip Winchester at the Jackson 1-yard line.
The Cavs began their next possession at the Jackson 48. Max Corcoran completed a pass to get Chillicothe to the 40, then ran inside the 30, and face-mask penalty put Chillicothe inside the Jackson 20.
Chillicothe drove the ball to the Jackson 3, but were pushed back thirteen yards to the 16. Corcoran found Zach Johnson on the corner of the end zone on a 16-yard strike, making it 12-7 for the Cavs' first lead of the game. Corcoran hit Beverly on 2 point conversion to make it 14-7.
Late in the quarter, Winchester suffered a knee injury knocking the quarterback from the game. Ervin was called upon to call the signals and the Jackson offense went to a running attack.
With :58 remaining, Klay Arthur ran 3 yards to pull Jackson within one and then scored the go-ahead points on a 2-point conversion, 15-14.
Arthur led all rushers with 157 yards on 31 carries. 118 of those yards came in the first half, but Chillicothe's defense held him in check, allowing just 39 second-half yards.
Beverly led the Cavalier attack with 59 of their total 134 yards.
Jackson improves to (5-0) in the SEOAL, while the Cavaliers slip to (3-2) in league play. Chillicothe finishes the regular season at Logan Friday.
Cavs Fall to Warren 17-13
Friday 10-15-2010 11:30pm ET
The Chillicothe offense sputtered and the defense gave up its first scores of the season in a 17-13 loss to the Warren Warriors Friday night.
The loss ends a three game Cavalier winning streak and slips them into a tie for second in the SEOAL with Gallia Academy.
Chillicothe got on the board on their third play when Casey Oates broke a 54 yard run for a score 1:22 into the game for a 7-0 lead.
Warren managed to have quick strikes in their two touchdowns.
Until the final minute of the half, the Cavs kept Warren at bay until the Warriors' Grant Venham matched the Pates run with a 54 yard score of his own for a 7-7 tie with 22 seconds remaining before halftime.
Prior to the score, Warren's Dylan Leffingwell had completed 8-of-19 passes for 78 yards. Then the Warriors handed off to Venham for the tie.
In the second half, Warren began to move the ball offensively while the Cavs stalled.
After a Chillicothe punt, Warren took its first lead on a 74 yard Leffingwell pass to Venham to go ahead 14-0.
On the next Cavalier possession, the Warriors' Jeremy Fivecoat intercepted a pass setting up a 23 yard field goal by Chas Miller for a 17-7 lead with 1:39 left.
A Warren pooch kick gave the Cavs the ball at their own 36 yard line. On the first play, Max Corcoran hit Isaac Beverly on a 64 yard TD pass, but the PAT was no good, 17-13.
Chillicothe's on-side kick was recovered at midfield by Warren to seal the victory.
Chillicothe managed only 273 yards offense, 156 on the ground led by Casey Oates' 99 yards.
Warren had 368 total yards, with 143 rushing yards on 30 carries by four runners. Leffingwell finished 17-of-35 passing for 225 yards.
Chillicothe (3-1/3-5) will head to Jackson (4-0/7-1) next Friday. The Ironmen were 33-10 winners over Marietta Friday.
Warren (1-3/5-3) will host Gallia Academy (3-1/6-2).
Chillicothe Football Emeritus Recipient Dies at 94
Tuesday 10-12-2010 12:05pm ET
Former Chillicothe football player, Robert Strausbaugh died at Riverside Methodist Hospital Monday following a brief illness. He was 94.
September 26, 2008 Strausbaugh became the first recipient of the Chillicothe Football Emeritus Award, given to varsity letter winners over the age of 70.
Strausbaugh played for the Chillicothe Vikings in the 1930s in the same backfield with his brother Jim who went on to star at Ohio State and play for the Chicago Cardinals. The Cavs had the then 92 year-old Strausbaugh score a ceremonial touchdown during pregame festivities. He also addressed the team prior to the game.
Funeral services for Strausbuagh will be held Thursday at 11am at Ware Funeral Home, Chillicothe.
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Cavs Push Streak to 3, Beat Blue Devils 14-7
Saturday 10-09-2010 1:10pm ET
Defensive Tackle Skyler Mallow sealed a 14-7 Chillicothe win at Gallia Academy Friday night.
The win pulls Chillicothe into a tie with Jackson for the SEOAL lead.
Mallow's fumble recovery came in the final 20 seconds of the game. It was the fifth turnover by Gallia Academy.
Chillicothe stopped the Blue Devils' first drive when Casey Oates grabbed the first of his two interceptions. Gallia had opened the drive at Chillicothe's 27, but Oates' timely interception turned the tables.
On the next possession, the Cavs used 5 plays to take the early lead after Oates raced 71 yards for the score.
Max Corcoran picked off Ethan Moore again on the Blue Devils' next possession, aided by a personal foul set the Cavs up at the Gallia 9. Two plays later, Brandon Whittaker scored from 6 yards out for 14-0 Chillicothe lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Gallia's Austin Wilson returned the kick 95 yards for the Devils only score of the night.
All that occurred in the first quarter.
Gallia had a 22 play 12:45 drive in the third that spilled into the fourth. Isaac Beverly grabbed a halfback option pass to turn Gallia away again.
Casey Oates was the big gainer for Chillicothe gaining 130 yards on 11 carries.
Chillicothe (3-0/3-4) will host Warren next Friday at Herrnstein Field.
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Cavs Win Back-to-Back games; 27-7 over Marietta
Friday 10-01-2010 11:41pm ET
Last week's theme was "Pound Portsmouth".
For Homecoming night, it was "Maul Marietta", and the Cavs obliged, 27-7.
The Chillicothe (2-0/2-4) ground game gained 290 yards on 49 carries and three touchdowns and Dylan Osborne nailed field goals of 45 and 25 yards respectively for the Cavs' second straight win.
Branden Whittaker had touchdown runs of 10 and 11 yards and rushed for 116 yards on 14 carries. Casey Oates had 105 yards on 18 lugs.
Max Corcoran got the Cavs on the board first with a 3 yard run with 3:26 left in the first quarter. Corcoran tallied 72 yards on the ground and completed 3 of 5 passes for 80 yards, 42 coming on a hook and ladder pass to open the game.
Osborne scooted a 45 yard kick across the cross bar just inside the second quarter for a 10-0 Cavs lead.
The Chillicothe defense (which yielded just 100 yards) forced a Marietta punt. On the next possession, Whittaker capped a 7 play, 54 yard drive with a 10 yard score before halftime.
Whittaker would score his second touchdown on an 11 yard run at the 4:32 mark in the third quarter.
The TIgers had turned Chillicothe away on their first drive of the second half. Isaac Beverly raced the opening kick off to the Marietta 7, but the Cavs failed to score. A miscue for Chillicothe to attempt a field goal which sailed wide right.
Osborne shrugged off the miss by connecting from 25 yards out with a fourth quarter field goal to extend the Cavs' lead to 27-0.
Marietta's only score came on an intercepted swing pass by backup QB Aaron Elliott. Billy Moore snagged the pass intended for Oates and returned it 67 yards to finish out the scoring, 27-7.
The Cavs defense hasn't given up a score since the Athens game. The only scores for their opponents the past two weeks have come on a kickoff return (vs Portsmouth) and the interception (by Marietta).
Chillicothe trails Jackson (3-0/5-1) by a game in the SEOAL standings after the Ironmen beat Portsmouth (1-2/2-4) 38-13.
The Cavs head to Gallia Academy (2-1/5-1) October 8th. The Blue Devils handed Logan (1-2/1-5) a 41-17 loss.
NOTES: The Cavs have won the last two meetings with Marietta (70-34 in 2007 and 27-7 in 2010)... This was the final game in the Marietta series. The Tigers will be members of the East Central Ohio League next season... Jasmine Bayless was crowned Homecoming Queen, King Collins is Homecoming King.
Basil Selected OSU Special Units Player of the Week
Thursday 09-30-2010 8:43am ET
Chillicothe's Drew Basil has played in each of the Buckeyes' games this season and his 12 kickoffs against Eastern Michigan last Saturday, Coach Jim Tressel selected the former Cavalier kicker as Special Units Player of the Week.
In his weekly luncheon last Tuesday, Tressel said "He got a whole bunch of chances... He's gonna be a very good kicker... did a lot better job in his coverage."Basil has 31 kickoffs through four games for the Bucks, averaging 63.6 yards per kick with four touch backs. He added two tackles in 12 kickoffs last Saturday, something Tressel says "which you don't always like that to happen, but he was up in there. It wasn't like he was dragging them down after they'd gone 60 yards."Ohio State opens Big 10 action Saturday in Champaign, Illinois with the Fighting Illini. Game day coverage on WBEX begins at 10:30am.
Basil warms up vs Ohio September 18th.
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Streak Ends at 13, Cavs Pound Portsmouth 41-7
Friday 09-24-2010 11:47pm ET
The King Kong-sized monkey is off the Cavaliers' back.
Chillicothe hadn't tasted victory since the opening week of the 2009 season. That all changed as the Cavs steam rolled Portsmouth 41-7 at Herrnstein Field.Brandon Whittaker found the end zone three times, Max Corcoran added runs of 39 and 63 yards for touchdowns and Casey Oates gave the Cavs the lead, capping a 13 play drive with a 1 yard dive just under seven minutes into the game.Portsmouth had trouble from the get go. The Cavs defense forced a 3-and-out on the first Trojans' possession and didn't allow Portsmouth to cross midfield until the 3rd quarter.Field position was key for the Cavs. Three of Chillicothe's first possessions were in Portsmouth territory. On the Cavs' opening drive, Chillicothe patiently worked 44 yards over 5 minutes and 40 seconds and Oates helped the Cavaliers draw first blood.In the second quarter, Corcoran popped off a 39 yard keeper for a 14-0 lead. Then, pinned deep, a fumbled exchange between Mason Jordan and Andrew Gulley set the Cavs up at the Portsmouth nine. Two plays later, Whittaker scored the first of his three scores for a 20-0 halftime lead.After keeping the Cavs at bay to open the second half, Portsmouth (aided by a penalty) gained a first down and moved into Chillicothe territory for the first time.
The Trojans fell victim of another turnover at the Cavs' 15 yard line. Chillicothe turned that into an 85 yard drive, highlighted by Corcoran's 63 yard scoring run. Whittaker worked inside the Portsmouth five and then punched in from four yards out for a 34-0 lead.
Portsmouth's only highlight of the night came on the ensuing kickoff when Jonathan Royster raced 94 yards for the Trojans' only score of the year.Chillicothe accentuated their win with a 7 play 45 yard drive with Whittaker scoring from 11 yards out."Big Whitt" finished with 126 yards, second only to Corcoran's 130 yards. Oates tallied 42 as Chillicothe pounded Portsmouth for 307 yards offense on 53 carries.The Chillicothe defense limited the Trojans to 91 total yards, 44 rushing and 47 passing.Chillicothe (1-0/1-4) wraps up their fourth straight home game next week hosting the Marietta Tigers (0-2/2-3) who fell to Logan Friday night 13-0.
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Athens Manages Cavs for 19-10 Victory at Herrnstein
Saturday 09-18-2010 11:56pm ET
Athens offensive lineman Trevor Sorrell carried a heavy heart into Saturday night's game. It was Sorrell who's home was part of the carnage left by the storm which ravaged The Plains last Thursday.
The Bulldogs' 19-10 victory at Chillicothe was the team's first of the season, but it ended a difficult 48 hour stretch for the team and their fans.
Coach Ryan Adams told WBEX in his pregame interview his team needed some good news following the tragedy that had rocked theire lives off the field.
The Cavs helped the cause in the game's first half. Chillicothe tried twice to convert on 4th down in their own territory.
On the Cavs' first possession, they gave Athens the ball on the Chillicothe 42. When stopped by the Cavs, an Athens field goal try was snuffed by a bad snap.
But after the second failed conversion at the Chillicothe 25, Athens running back Devon Sharp (#5) finished a quick 3 play 25 yard drive for a 6-0 lead at the 4:25 mark in the first quarter.
A poor snap for Chillicothe led to a missed field goal try in the second quarter. Athens then drove 80 yards and Trey Harris connected with Sharp who caught a pass with his finger nails to put Athens ahead 12-0 29 seconds before the end of the half.
The Cavs got on the board following a defensive penalty as time expired. Dylan Osborne put a 24 yard field goal through the uprights of the north end zone for a 12-3 score at intermission.
Athens had 209 rushing yards on the evening and got a good bit of them to start the third quarter. Their opening drive stalled when the Cavs forced the Dogs to turn the ball over on downs at the Chillicothe 34.
The Cavs resembled what coach Hinton hopes to see on a regular basis as the offense marched 66 yards on 10 plays as Brandon Whittaker punched in for Chillicothe's first touchdown in nine quarters to cut the lead to 12-10.
Athens answered the Cavs' score with a 70 yard drive on 10 plays to go ahead 19-10. Harris finished off the possession with a 5 yard run.
Sharp led Athens with 113 yards rushing. Casey Oates was the big gainer for the Cavaliers with 91 yards on 13 carries.
Chillicothe (0-4) opens SEOAL play at Herrnstein Field next Friday with Portsmouth (1-0/2-2), a 47-7 winner over Warren this weekend.