Arbutus Big Red football rides defense to victory

The Arbutus Big Red semipro football team  opened the home season in style with a dominating 21-0 victory over the Washington Warriors at Arbutus Middle School on Saturday.

It was the first of four consecutive home games for the Big Red and some fans brought canned food for a food drive that will continue each week.

Rookie defensive back Chris Tolson, 6 feet, 195 pounds, led the defense with two interceptions that he returned for  touchdowns -- from 80 and 6 yards out.

“The player of the game was Chris Tolson,” coach Ulander Giles said.

Patrick Murphy and Troy Boyd had five tackles each and Kenneth Mays had four tackles and two sacks and Brendon Twilley had four tackles and a sack.

“Our defense played outstanding,” said Giles, noting they held the Warriors to less than 100 yards of total offense. 

Running back Brian Chapman rushed for 75 yards behind an offensve line of tackles Citrine Warren and Davon Watkins, guards Alan Booker and Demetris Jones and center Gavin McMorris.

That offensive line did not yield a sack as they protected quarterback Stewart Long.

Long’s six-yard touchdown pass to James Lowe produced the only offensive touchdown for the Big Red (2-1).

Arbutus plays at home against the  Richmond Hornets on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Arbutus Middle School and fans are encouraged to bring canned food or non-perishable food to be donated to the Maryland Food Bank in Halethorpe.


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