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Former Old Mill star's 97-yard touchdown for Bowie State is a viral hit

When running back Rob Chesson was named All-Metro first team in 2011 after a record-breaking senior season at Old Mill, Arundel football coach Chuck Markiewicz offered a laudatory quote that, after this weekend, seems especially prescient: "If you don't gang-tackle him, it's pretty much a done deal."

Today, Chesson is a senior running back for Bowie State (9-1) who ranks No. 8 in Division II in rushing yards per game and second in total touchdowns. On Saturday, early in the second quarter of a game between the Bulldogs and Elizabeth City State, Chesson never let himself get gang-tackled. And after about 25 seconds of jaw-dropping running, his touchdown was a done deal — and a budding viral sensation.

In the 77-21 win, Chesson finished with Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association records for rushing yards (304, on just 20 carries) and points in a game (48). He also tied the CIAA record for rushing touchdowns in a game (seven).

It’s probably no surprise to anyone who saw him at Old Mill, where he set the state record for touchdowns in a season (49), including seven in the Class 4A state semifinal.

Chesson had an offer to play at Towson but, according to The Washington Post, didn’t qualify academically and took a year off from football. He played a season at West Virginia Wesleyan before ending up at Bowie State, which begins postseason play this weekend.

He’s become such a force that, even backed up near the goal line Saturday, teammates were predicting a long touchdown run. Probably not one like the one they saw, though.

“I didn’t actually believe it until we lined up and snapped the ball,” Chesson told the Post. “It was an amazing feeling. I felt real energized, like something I’ve never felt before. I had endless energy and I didn’t actually feel it until after the play. I was determined to score and I had an extra battery.”

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