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CHESTERFIELD – Chesterfield produced a record-setting performance Friday night for its homecoming football game with Indian Land.
CHS, behind the running of Kendrick Melton and the passing of Dillon Rivers, set a new record for total all-purpose yards en route to a 47-0 win over the Warriors.
The Rams had 574 yards from scrimmage, 305 through the air and 269 on the ground.
“Chesterfield is a very talented football team.” IL coach Mike Mayer said. “You can’t stop them with arm tackles. They run right through you.”
Melton scored three first-half touchdowns on runs of 17, 40 and two yards to help The Rams gain a 41-0 halftime lead.
Chesterfield tallied quickly, scoring on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Rivers to Chuck Jackson.
After Michael Smith’s extra point, the Rams led 7-0 with only 28 seconds ticked off the game clock.
Rivers’ second touchdownpass went for 26 yards, connecting with Senerio Johnson on a first-and-10 play.
After the extra point, the Rams pushed their lead to 21-0 with 10:01 left in the second quarter.
After an Indian Land fumble, Chesterfield was in good field position at the IL 12.
On third and 12, Rivers hit Bubba Grant for a 14-yard TD and the Rams led 28-0 with 8:24 to play in the first half.
“We didn’t tackle well at all,” IL coach Mike Mayer said. “Most of their yards came after contact.
“Our kicking game was the highlight tonight. Shea Rodgers did a great job punting the ball for us.”
Mayer noted Rodgers averaged 40 yards a punt, with a long of 55 yards.
Chesterfield went into the lockeroom at the half with a 41-0 lead after Melton scored on a two-yard run with 39.1 seconds to go.
“We did better at containing in the second half, but our offense was just as bad,” Mayer said. “We played a lot of junior varsity guys tonight. We had a lot of key starters out of the game tonight.”
The Warriors held Chesterfield to only one score in the second half when Rivers hit Melton on a screen pass for a 40-yard score. Smith added the kick and Chesterfield had a 47-0 lead with 1:30 left to play in the third quarter.
Chesterfield drove 73 yards to the Warriors’ three late in the game, but the Warriors’ defense forced a fumble that was recovered by Chad Thomas to stop another Rams’ potential score.
“Parents night is next week,” Mayer said. “We have to play better against just as tough an opponent.”
The Warriors host Central High School of Pageland, which improved to 5-2, 2-0, with a 27-7 comeback win over Buford in Pageland.