BY SCOTT R. FISHER
There was no doubt which school was the better football team Friday night at the Black Hole.
The Chuckey-Doak Black Knights came out ready to play and thoroughly dominated their Blue Ridge Athletic Conference foe . The final score was 42-7 over the visiting Cumberland Gap Panthers.
There was a large crowd on hand to witness the homecoming festivities and it was entertained the entire night. Senior Ashley Morelock was crowned the 2013 homecoming queen in a ceremony before the game.
The Black Knights controlled every aspect of Friday's game with the Panthers. There were offensive stars and numerous defensive stars.
"That was the most complete game I have seen you play," CDHS head coach Ben Murphy told his players following the win. "Everyone made plays. That is what we need each week."
It marked the first conference win of the season for the Black Knights (4-3, 1-2). Next up is a home game against Pigeon Forge.
The contrast in offensive numbers was staggering. The Black Knights gained 365 yards during the game. Cumberland Gap was limited to just 84 yards. The Panthers managed only five yards in the second half.
Cumberland Gap was victimized by at least six bad snaps which resulted in losses of between eight and 20 yards. But credit the defensive effort of Chuckey-Doak for putting pressure on the Panthers' offense.
Coach Murphy pointed out the strong play of his seniors, in particular.
"Our seniors stepped up on homecoming," Murphy said. "Players like Kaleb Gregg, Kris Hinkle and Charlie DiBella had big games."
Those were some of the defensive stars of the night for the Black Knights. On offense, Murphy's team put their fate in familiar hands.
Senior Tyler Coe rushed for 255 yards on 30 carries to lead his team to victory. Coe found the endzone three times.
Chuckey-Doak did not take long to take the lead against the Panthers. After holding Cumberland Gap to a punt to start the game, the Black Knights responded with a scoring drive.
The drive lasted 10 plays and took 3:19 off the game clock. Coe carried the ball five times for 38 yards and capped it off with an 11-yard scamper with 6:16 remaining in the first quarter. Carlos Guiteriez successfully kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
Coe contributed on the defensive end as well. He recovered a loose football on Gap's second play of their next drive. It was a big turnover considering the kickoff had been returned 60 yards down to the Chuckey-Doak 20-yard line.
The next Black Knight scoring drive took 12 plays and four-and-a-half minutes. The drive was slowed by three offensive penalties for 20 yards.
Coe, Nick Sandstrom and Dillion Brown shared the duties running the ball. The touchdown was another 11-yard run from Coe.
With the offense rolling, the Black Knight defense stepped up and forced another punt from the Panthers, which led to another rushing touchdown from the home team.
Brown finished off a seven-play drive with a four-yard run with 8:47 remaining before halftime. While Coe drew most of the carries and moved the ball most of the way on the 45-yard drive, it was Brown with the third touchdown of the game.
Cumberland Gap faced a 21-0 deficit and had to abandon its running attack. The Panthers went to the air and caught the Black Knight defense napping.
Dakota Brock found Chase Smith streaking down the middle of the field and the pair connected on a 58-yard scoring strike. That would be the only thing the Panthers would celebrate on Friday.
Chuckey-Doak quickly restored the 21-point lead. In just over two minutes, the Black Knights drove 58 yards in seven plays. The big play was a 25-yard burst by Coe.
Three plays later, the lead became 28-7 when Coe scampered four yards untouched into the endzone.
The 28-7 score was how the two teams headed into the locker room for halftime.
The Black Knight defense turned it up a notch in the second half. The Panthers had trouble moving the ball, and too many times they were going the wrong direction.
The fifth touchdown of the game for Chuckey-Doak was a 16-yard pass from Brent Knight to DiBella. The original design for the play was busted up, but Knight scrambled and found DiBella for the score.
Sandstrom scored the final touchdown of the contest on the first play from scrimmage of the fourth quarter. The drive only covered 31 yards thanks to a 30-yard punt return by DiBella.
Sandstrom's run covered 17 yards and forced the clock to run continuously the rest of the way.
Guiteriez was successful on all seven extra-point attempts and Brown recovered a fumble late in the contest.