The Rams (2-0) won their fourth straight game over the visiting Braves on Sept. 3 at home as Chesterfield shutout Cheraw (0-3) for the second consecutive season.
Chesterfield quarterback Seth Truesdale led a masterful offensive attack with his arm, finishing the game with 308 passing yards on a 19-of-29 performance.
Truesdale connected with his receivers for passes of 66, 50 and 25 yards, keeping the Cheraw secondary on their heels the entire game.
The Rams wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, posting a touchdown against the Braves on their opening drive.
After a 3-and-out by Cheraw, the Rams took the ball and marched down the field where Truesdale found wideout Ajorell Mallory for a 66-yard strike down the left side of the field.
A 5-yard run by running back Kendrick Melton and a 3-yard pass by Truesdale left the Rams on the Braves’ 5-yard line, setting up a 5-yard run by Melton who found the endzone on Chesterfield’s next play.
Both teams would be hampered by sloppy play and penalties until midway through the second quarter when Cheraw knocked on the Ram’s backdoor and looked poised for their first score of the night.
A 21-yard reverse by Demetrius Miller set the Braves up at Chesterfield’s 13-yard line, but the Ram’s defensive line swarmed Cheraw running back Darrell Hawkins behind the line of scrimmage on a crucial 3rd-and-3 play that pushed the Braves back for a 4-yard loss.
Cheraw quarterback Darius Little would find wide receiver Gerald Ewing in the corner of the Chesterfield endzone for what seemed like the Braves’ first touchdown in six quarters of play, but the pass was negated when officials ruled Ewing out of bounds, turning the ball back over to the Rams.
Chesterfield went into the half with a 7-0 lead, but found the endzone for the second time on the night with 8:23 left in the third quarter.
Two 17-yard passes from Truesdale to Markel Melton and Zo Ellerbe put Chesterfield on Cheraw’s 12-yard line. A personal foul by the Braves’ defense extended the Ram’s drive, giving Chesterfield a 1st-and-Goal situation in Cheraw territory.
After a short run by Kendrick Melton, Markel Melton ran a curl on the Braves’ left side, snagging a 7-yard pass from Truesdale to give Chesterfield a 14-0 edge.
The Rams would slice through the Braves’ defense for the third time five minutes later as Truesdale used his feet to give Chesterfield their final score.
After starting on their own 34-yard line, Chesterfield reached Braves’ territory after a 50-yard Truesdale pass to Mallory. Mallory snatched the ball right in front of the Cheraw defender’s hands, taking it to the Braves’ 34-yard line.
Another personal foul by Cheraw set the Rams up with another scoring opportunity and seven plays later Truesdale marched into the endzone on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to give Chesterfield a 21-0 lead with 3:02 left in the third quarter.
Cheraw would have one last opportunity to put points on the board during their final drive, but after moving across the 50-yard line from their own 31-yard line, the Braves threw an errant pass into the arms of Chesterfield’s David Grant at the 44 second mark.
Chesterfield finished the game with 366 yards of total offense while the Braves moved the ball 200 yards with their offense.
Little unofficially finished the game with 52 rushing yards and two interceptions.
The No. 1 ranked Rams will now prepare for a much anticipated matchup again Anson county on Sept. 10 while the Braves will try to regroup as they travel to Marion.