Quarterback Ty Montgomery rushed for three touchdowns and passed for another, and Blue Ridge piled up the points to defeat Chapman 59-35 on Friday night.
The victory improves the Tigers to 3-0 as they head into Peach Blossom AAA play next week at Eastside.
“We needed every one of them,” Blue Ridge coach Wade Cooper said of the 59 points his team scored. “They’ve got a lot of weapons on offense, and they’re hard to stop. We’ve still got some work to do.”
The Tigers jumped to a 21-7 first-quarter lead. Mikal Robinson took his first rush 53 yards for a score. Tay Jenkins’ 57-yard kickoff return led to Jonathon Bull’s 1-yard touchdown run. Jenkins then took a Montgomery pass 56 yards for a score.
Chapman (1-2) held a brief 7-6 lead when Tyshun Samuel went 56 yards with a screen pass from Benjamin Ziegler.
In the second quarter, Montgomery ran for touchdowns of 1 and 23 yards.
The Panthers’ duo of Ziegler and Samuel teamed up on a crossing pass that netted 52 yards and a touchdown for the 35-14 halftime score.
Chapman controlled much of the third quarter but managed just one score. Blue Ridge misplayed the second half kickoff, and the Panthers recovered. Three plays later, Ziegler passed to Samuel for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Blue Ridge led 35-21.
Back-to-back bad snaps ended a Chapman threat that could have brought the Panthers to within a touchdown.
Chapman coach Mark Hodge said, “It’s a mind game and an experience game. We’re trying to convince (our players) that they are as good as they are.”
In the fourth quarter, Blue Ridge outscored Chapman 24-14 to pull away.
Montgomery got the first of the Tigers’ touchdowns in the period on a 27-yard run. He finished with 99 yards rushing and 238 passing.
Corey Dogan blocked a Chapman punt, and Alex Surfus took it the final yard for the Tigers’ seventh score. John Michael Bright booted a 28-yard field goal, and Melvin Smith ran 16 yards to cap the Blue Ridge scoring.
Panthers running back Traves Smith scored on touchdown runs of 4 and 58 yards in the final five minutes of the game.