The Chapman football team was crowned the 2017 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Champion after posting a 48-38 victory over CMS Saturday evening at Chapman Football Stadium in Orange, Calif.
The Panthers, who improved to a perfect 6-0 in SCIAC play with the win over the Stags, had earned at least a share of the title last week with its 46-38 win over Cal Lutheran and the SCIAC's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship. The win Saturday night allowed Chapman, which entered the SCIAC in 2012, to win the 2017 title outright and claim its second conference championship in the last four years.
The Panthers will await their NCAA Tournament draw which will be released Sunday, Nov. 12. Chapman has a bye next weekend.
After trading touchdowns in the first quarter, Chapman found the endzone three times in the second quarter highlighted by a 57-yard scoring pass from Ricky Bautista to Jacob Isabel, and a 14-yard rushing touchdown from Diano Pachote to help the Panthers stake a 28-7 lead.
CMS responded with 17 unanswered points as Garrett Cheadle rattled off a 17-yard run for a score, while Mitchell Allan converted a 43-yard field goal to pull the Stags to within four (28-24) late in the third quarter. Chapman answered right back as Bautista broke off a 67-yard touchdown run less than thirty seconds later after the CMS field goal to make it 35-24.
A seven-yard TD pass from Brenden Brown to Johnathon Keller at the 9:40 mark of the fourth period pulled the Stags to within 10 (41-31), but a 24-yard run by Joe Mudie extended the Panthers' cushion back 17 at 48-31. CMS added another touchdown but could get no closer as Chapman held on for the 48-38 victory.