ORANGEBURG - Chesterfield coach Steve Taneyhill was sporting a busted upper lip after receiver/cornerback Sergio Johnson head-butted him during the celebration of the Rams' third consecutive Class A Division I state championship.
It was the best bloody lip Taneyhill ever experienced after Chesterfield dominated Lamar 36-6 Friday afternoon at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.
"A little blood and another ring, we'll take both anytime," Taneyhill said with a smile.
The Rams (14-0) won their 24th consecutive game and gave Taneyhill his fifth state title in 10 seasons. But more importantly to Taneyhill is what the 14-strong seniors accomplished. They lost the championship as freshmen to Carver's Bay but have won the past three with ease.
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"This championship has a lot to do with this senior class," Taneyhill said. "They started it four years ago, and I think this is the best team we've had during the run."
The Rams (14-0) did not miss a beat when defensive standouts Josh McCall and Eric McQueen went out with ankle injuries in the first half. They limited the Silver Foxes to 22 yards rushing and 218 yards overall.
In 14 games, the Chesterfield defense allowed 59 points.
"The thing is we knew we were going to have to move the ball a little bit to keep their offense off the field, but we were never able to do that," Lamar coach J.R. Boyd said.
"I'm proud of this team for getting to this point. And we only have six seniors, so hopefully we can get back to this point."
The Rams struck first on their second possession. Lamar punted from their own 41-yard line and shanked it to give Chesterfield possession at the same spot. Four plays later, Truesdale found a streaking McCall for a 30-yard score.
There was an interception in the end zone on the next possession, but behind the running of Derrick McQueen, ripped off a four-play, 64-yard drive that was capped by Truesdale's touchdown pass to Johnson.
Truesdale was 11-for-17 for 172 yards and two scores.
Alex Moses picked off a pass to give the Rams possession at the Lamer 21, and McQueen scored on a 3-yard run to make it 20-0 at the half. McQueen finished with 186 yards on 26 attempts.
"We went into halftime and felt pretty good, but you don't want to let the kids know that," Taneyhill said. "But that's the way our defense played all year. They gave up one big play late, but while the game was in balance we didn't let them get anything."
Chesterfield's defense was instrumental in sealing the victory in the third quarter. Jonathan Murvin returned an interception 23 yards to make the score 27-0 with just over a quarter to play.
Moon Edwards, the Rams' Shrine Bowl defensive lineman, knew the outcome was decided when Murvin scored.
"You never want to get to confident, but with the way our defense plays I felt really good after Jonathan scored," Edwards said. "Anything could have still happened. But other than the one long play, we played solid all night."
Lamar avoided the shutout when Trevor Norris connected with Matthew Mitchell on a 72-yard scoring pass early in the fourth quarter.
Lamar 0 0 0 6 - 6
Chesterfield 7 13 7 9 - 36
C - Josh McCall 30 pass from Seth Truesdale (J.T. Cutchin kick) 7:06
C - Sergio Johnson 25 pass from Truesdale (Cutchin kick) 8:46
C - Derrick McQueen 3 run (run failed) 1:11
C - Jonathan Murvin 23 interception return (Cutchin kick) 4:49
L - Matthew Mitchell 72 pass from Trevor Norris (pass failed) 11:30
C - Sergio Johnson 1 run (Cutchin kick) 2:50
C - Safety, ball snapped out of end zone 2:16
First Downs 8 17
Rushes-yds 16-22 37-206
Passing yds 196 172
Comp-Att-Int. 17-33-3 11-18-1
Punts 5-23.8 3-36.6
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-2
Penalties 7-41 2-15
Rushing-L - Trevor Norris 8-(-3), Jerrod Dargan 4-7, Matthew Mitchell 2-14, Jerel Humbert 1-3, Anthony McAllister 1-1; C - Eric McQueen 26-186, Sergio Johnson 9-33, Seth Truesdale 2-(-13).
Passing -L - Norris 17-32-3-196, Eric Daney 0-1-0; C - Truesdale 11-17-1-172, Team 0-1-1.
Receiving- L - McAllister 5-32, Chris Peoples 3-5, Dargan 1-0,, B.J. Goodson 3-29, Mitchell 3-86, Daney 2-44; C - Josh McCall 2-39, Johnson 4-83, McQueen 2-16, Jonathan Murvin 3-34.