FREDERICKSBURG, VA., NOV. 24 -- The combination of first-half special teams, second-half offense and all-game defense led 12th-ranked Chancellor to a 28-0 blowout of Loudoun Valley in the Virginia Group AA Division 4 Region II championship today.

Just two years ago, Chancellor was 0-10 as a first-year school. Today, the Chargers are 11-1 and bound for their second consecutive state semifinal, next Saturday against Tabb here at 1:30.

This year's trip to the semifinal has been smoother than last season, when Chancellor finished 8-5 but won its last six games to make the playoffs. It lost to Southhampton in the semifinals.

After losing quarterback Kevin Cannon, last year's leading rusher with more than 1,400 yards, to another high school, the Chargers turned to backfield partners Rodney Woodward and Melvin Davis.

They came through today as they have all year. After sitting out the first half for "breaking team rules," Davis rushed 111 yards on 14 carries, including a 76-yard touchdown. It was his second straight 100-yard game.

Woodward, which relinquished the spotlight to Davis the last two games after being the leading rusher all season, gained 63 yards on 16 carries and scored once.

"They've always been hand-in-hand," Chancellor Coach Scott Miller said. "Rodney's a real big-play player and Melvin's a real consistent guy."

But most of their yardage came in the second half because the Chargers' offense couldn't get moving in the first half.

But it didn't really need to because the defense held Loudoun Valley to 61 first-half yards, and the special teams provided fine field position.

Chancellor's average starting field position was the Vikings' 34, and it twice started inside their 20. Loudoun Valley's Tony Craun had several bad snaps, and Ray Lanham had two punts for three yards and one for 14.

"Our punting murdered us in the first half," said Valley Coach Mike Barton.

The Chargers set the tone for the game when, after forcing the Vikings to punt on their first possession, Ian Edwards shot through the line and blocked Lanham's punt. Charles Beasley plucked it out of the air at the 5 and ran in for the score with less than two minutes gone in the game.

When Lanham did get off a good punt, Woodward fielded it at the Vikings 48 and returned it to the 15. Five plays later, 216-pound back Jesse Skillman scored from the 1. Geoffrey Schwartzman's kick made it 14-0.

This was the second straight game that the punt team set up touchdowns for Chancellor, and Woodward has returned several for touchdowns this year. "I don't know what other teams do," said Miller, "but we spend one-third of our time {working} on our special teams."

Meanwhile, Edwards and Beasley were intimidating the Valley offense. Miller had his defensive end, outside linebacker and free safety key on Frankie Johnson, Valley's talented option quarterback. He was held to just eight yards in the first half.

"We felt if we took Johnson out of the game, we would win," said Miller.

And since the Chargers did, Barton had to yank him from his position. Johnson injured a thumb earlier this year and is still largely ineffective throwing. He moved to wide receiver in the fourth quarter and was replaced by Chris Lockhart.

"By then it was over anyway," said Barton.Loudoun Valley (8-4) 0 0 0 0 0 Chancellor (11-1) 14 0 6 8 28

C -- Beasley 5 blocked punt return (Schwartzman kick)

C -- Skillman 1 run (Schwartzman kick)

C -- Davis 76 run (kick failed)

C -- Woodward 1 run (Davis pass from Ratliff)