Chargers held scoreless in playoff loss
by Dennis Sharkey
The Jefferson County North Chargers bowed out of the first round of Class 2A football playoffs with a 49-0 loss at the hands of undefeated Pittsburg-St. Mary’s Colgan.
The Chargers were overrun by a Colgan offense that struck on big plays with the running duo of twins Christian and Zach Smith.
Christian carried the ball only four times in the first half but three went for touchdown runs of 73, 47 and 54 yards. He totaled 177 yards in the four carries.
On offense the Chargers were able to move the ball against the Colgan defense but would stall.
The Chargers took the opening kickoff and got a first down on two runs by Donavan Whitman but the drive stalled after that and JCN was forced to punt.
Colgan struck quickly on the first play when Smith scored the first of his three first half touchdowns on a 73-yard run.
The Chargers again moved the ball in the second possession gaining a first down on a nice catch in traffic by Luke Pyle from Cory Noll who started the game at quarterback. But the drive stalled on the next series of downs and the Chargers punted.
On Colgan’s next possession Zach Smith rushed for nine yards on first down and then Christian Smith took the ball 47 yards for his second touchdown. There were three offensive plays for Colgan and two touchdowns in the first quarter.
The Chargers’ defense showed some life on Colgan’s third possession. Derek Belveal sacked quarterback Sam Gilbert on his first pass attempt but a personal foul on Colgan erased a big gain for the Panthers. Pyle then got a sack on Gilbert on second down after he slipped. However, Gilbert found Zach Smith for a screen pass that went for 22 yards on a third down and 21. Smith broke two tackles on the play. Zach Smith then scored on a four-yard run to extend the lead to 21-0.
The Chargers would move the ball again on their next possession but the drive stalled around midfield. Mason McMillan made a one-handed catch for an 18-yard gain on the possession.
After the punt Christian Smith scored his third touchdown on a 54-yard run.
The Chargers on their next possession got a first down on a pass interference call against Colgan and then Noll found Pyle on third down for 16 yards and a first down in Colgan territory for the first time in the game.
On fourth down and five yards to go Noll again found Pyle for a first down with 56 seconds left in the half at the Colgan 26-yard line.
On first down Noll was flushed from the pocket and found Belveal for a 10-yard pass play and a first down at the Colgan 16-yard line. However the drive ended with four straight pass incompletions.
Colgan added three more second half scores for the final.
Colgan out-rushed the Chargers 315 yards to 82 yards and out-gained the Chargers with 434 yards of total offense to JCN’s 143 total yards.
Whitman led the Chargers with 27 yards on 15 carries followed by Noll with 24 yards on seven carries, Belveal with 19 yards on eight carries and James Priest with 12 yards on four carries. Pyle had three catches for 33 yards.
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