Chargers Overwhelm Panthers, 70-0, For Win Number Seven
Updated: Oct 11, 2021
Senior night for ACGC. County rivals Panorama and ACGC anxious to "duke it out." Final home game for the Chargers. A balmy October night. The scene was set. It was unlikely that anyone thought it would be close game, but still...the rivalry.
In the end, it was the most lopsided game in recent or distant memory, as the Chargers defeated the outmanned Panthers 70-0. It was clear very early what the outcome would be, as the Charger offense scored nineteen first quarter points while holding the Panthers to a minus eighteen yards of offense.
A bad snap from center on Panorama's first offensive possession turned the ball over to ACGC on the Panther eight yard line. On its first play from scrimmage, the hosts scored with Gavin Cornelison crossing the goal line with 10:59 showing on the clock. Charlie Crawford added his first of eight PATs for the Chargers.
After the Panthers lost eight yards on their next possession and were forced to punt, the Chargers scored in two plays with Cornelison again crossing the goal line on a six yard run to give ACGC a 13-0 lead.
Panorama showed some life on its third possession, picking up a first down on an 18 yard pass completion from Cayden VanMeer to Klayton Bremer to put the ball at the Panther 40 yard line. On the very next play ACGC's Brock Littler intercepted a VanMeer pass at the Charger 28 yard line and the Chargers then put together a twelve play scoring drive with Cornelison scoring from the five yard line. The quarter ended with ACGC leading 19-0.
By halftime the ACGC lead had swelled to 42-0 with three additional touchdowns and a safety resulting in twenty three Charger points. Crawford, Cornelison, and Cayden Jensen scored on running plays of 23, 5 and 13 yards respectively. Panorama turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions, with two leading to Charger touchdowns and the third closing out the half.
A sensational ninety yard kickoff return by Jensen to start the third quarter led off the Charger scoring in the second half. ACGC scored three additional TD's in the quarter, with the entire quarter played in Panorama territory. A Panther fumble, a Charger sack, and a pass interception by Jensen all led to ACGC touchdowns. The twenty eight point quarter gave the Chargers a 70-0 lead. Meanwhile, unofficial statistics indicate that Panorama's offense lost seventeen yards in the quarter.
With reserves playing the bulk of the final frame for ACGC, the Panther offense had its best quarter, picking up fifty seven yards . A Panorama highlight was a 32 yard pass completion from Van Meer to Bremer that put the ball at the Charger 27 yard line. Van Meer completed one additional pass to Gavin Godfrey for a short gain to the 24 yard line. Two incomplete passes brought the game to a close.
ACGC gained 271 yards rushing and 18 yards via passing. Cornelison picked 114 yards rushing, with Crawford accounting for 72 yards and Jensen 67. Unofficial Panther totals show a net gain of 39 yards for the game.
With the win, ACGC broke a losing streak to Panorama that dates to well beyond the Adair-Casey and Guthrie Center sharing agreement established in 2016. The Guthrie Center Tigers did not beat Panorama going back to at least 2006.
Last summer when this observer asked Charger coach Cody Matthewson about his expectations for this fall, he replied, "I think we can be undefeated going into the Van Meter game." High expectations indeed. And yet, here we are, "going into the Van Meter game", and the Chargers are indeed...undefeated!
"I am really proud of the way our boys planed Friday night," Matthewson said about his team's performance. "Scoring in all three phases (of the game) is something we continue to take pride in. We had a lot of short porches due to our defense creating havoc and our special teams setting up great field position. What a great honor for our fifteen seniors to win their last regular season home game against their rival."
The Chargers are now 7-0 on the season, while the Panthers fell to 1-6 with the loss. While ACGC will travel to Van Meter next Friday, Panorama will host Nodaway Valley on senior night.
Score by quarter:
Panorama 0 0 0 0--0
ACGC 19 23 28 0--70
Charger statistics: Passing: Brock Littler (5 passes, 2 completions for 18 yards and no touchdowns)
Rushing: Charlie Crawford (6 carries for 72 yards and 1 touchdown) Anthony Solorzano (2 carries for 0 yards) Cayden Jensen (3 carries for 67 yards and 1 touchdown) Nate Chance ( 1 carry for 5 yards and 0 touchdowns) Gavin Cornelison (15 carries for 115 yards and 6 touchdowns) Seth Reno (3 carries for 13 yards and 0 touchdowns)
Receiving: Charlie Crawford (1 reception for 7 yards and 0 touchdowns) Cayden Jensen ( 1 reception for 11 yards and no touchdowns)
Kickoff returns: Cayden Jensen (2 for 142 yards and 1 touchdown)
Kickoffs: Charlie Crawford (10 for 504 yards)
PATs: Charlie Crawford: (8 of 9)
Tackles: Ben Marsh: (4.5 total-1 solo-0 sacks) Charlie Crawford (.5-0-0) Miles Kading (.5-0-0) Reid Rumelhart (2-1-1) Jacob Fox (1.5-0-0) Anthony Solorzano (1-0-0) Tegan Slaybaugh (2.5-1-0) Cayden Jensen (1-0-0) Dawson Muller (1-0-0) Lane Sheeder (1-0-0) Griffin Ayers (3-0-0) Gavin Cornelison (5.5-2-.5) Seth Reno (2-0-0) Preston Zimmerline (1.5-1-.5) Blake Newby (1-1-0) Dallas Jacobe (1-0-0) Hayden Tunick (1.5-0-0) Mike Fuller (.5-0-.5) Jed Weinkoetz (2-1-0) Ben Franzeen (1.5-1.0) Konnr Kinney (.5-0-0)