Chapman looks to keep win streak alive with explosive offense vs Devils

Clinton’s opponent TONIGHT - the Chapman Panthers - is riding a four-game win streak, scoring over 40 points three times and over 50 in their most recent game. The only time the Panthers have been under 40 this season was in the opener, losing to Union County, 48-32. The Panthers defeated Laurens, 49-32, while the Red Devils defeated Laurens in the season-opener. In the Chapman game, Laurens lost starting quarterback Nathan Rutter for the season with an injury, and lost running back DQ Floyd with a concussion. “They are the best offensive team we will play this season,” Clinton football head coach Andrew Webb said of Chapman, after the Devils 47-12 win over Chesnee. It was Clinton’s first time this season over 40 points, and they did it based on 298 yards rushing. In the Laurens game, 3A Chapman outscored the 5A Raiders 35-6 in the final 31 minutes. With its offensive explosiveness, Chapman clearly does not panic if it gets behind. Laurens led 27-14 midway through the second quarter, and lost by 17 points. Chapman racked up 423 yards of offensive against the Laurens defense. Chapman quarterback Colton Bailey threw 18-for-32 for 340 yards and four touchdowns against Laurens. Scoring on the final drive of the first half, Chapman cut the Laurens halftime lead to 27-21. Then, Floyd went out during halftime with concussion symptoms. Two Chapman players hit him in the head with their helmets, after Floyd’s helmet came off running the ball in the first half. Troy Dendy had to carry the load for Laurens, and he ended the game with 204 all-purpose yards. Laurens quarterback Rutter, a transfer from Woodruff, suffered his season-ending injury tackled near the goal line in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Bailey kept slinging the ball all over the field, and Chapman got touchdowns threw the air, running the ball and on a pic six interception of Rutter’s backup. Chapman’s scores so far this season are: --48-32 loss to Union; --47-34 win over Seneca; --49-33 win over Laurens; --49-27 win over Chesnee; --59-7 win over Blue Ridge. This is the first game for the so-called “I-26 Conference,” the re-aligned Class 3A conference that puts Clinton in the same region as Chapman, and other opponents Mid-Carolina, Newberry, Broome and Woodruff - all located up an down the I-26 corridor. Chapman, located in Inman north of Spartanburg, will be the Red Devils longest region road trip this season. After this Friday’s Chapman game, the Red Devils will play host to the Mid-Carolina Rebels from Prosperity, in southern Newberry County, for Oct. 7 Homecoming game. Directions to Chapman High School, 1420 Compton Bridge Rd., Inman: From Clinton High, take Hwy 72 E to I-26 and go west toward Spartanburg. From the fork at I-385, it’s 37.8 miles to Exit 15 for Hwy 176 W toward Inman. Turn right onto S11/E. Main St. Continue to follow E. Main St. and turn right onto Prospect Street. Turn left at the first cross street onto N. Howard St./State Road S-42-37, turn right. Trip is 45.9 miles one way, takes about 45 minutes.

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