Rob Chesson was having such a good game Friday night that he had no idea exactly how many times he reached the end zone.
The Old Mill senior running back rushed for 306 yards and scored seven times, breaking a state record for touchdown runs in a season as the No. 3 Patriots trounced No. 4 Catonsville, 49-20, in the Class 4A semifinals
The Patriots (13-0) advance to face Quince Orchard in the state final Friday night at M&T Bank Stadium.
"It felt great," said Chesson, who has 2,528 yards rushing and 49 touchdowns this season. "But I didn't even know I had seven touchdowns because I had some much adrenaline."
Catonsville (12-1) ended its best season in school history and its first appearance in the state semifinals. But the Comets had no answer for Chesson, who scored five touchdowns and ran for 266 yards in the first half alone.
His 49 touchdowns for the season smash the previous state record for touchdowns of 43 set by Wicomico's David Brown in 2007.
Catonsville coach Rich Hambor knew the Comets had to contain Chesson to have a chance, but he got loose early and often.
On the sixth play of the Patriots first drive, he raced in from 27 yards out for a touchdown. Three plays, after the Patriots recovered an onsides kick, he went 38 yards to the 1 and punched it in on the next play.
Catonsville answered with an 11-play, 51-yard drive that culminated in a 3-yard touchdown run by junior DeAndre' Lane that cut the lead in half.
It was Lane's 21st touchdown. He finished with 62 yards on 18 carries, giving him 1,728 yards on the season.
Two plays later, the Comets appeared to gain some momentum when Julius Jones forced a Chesson fumble that was recovered by Joe Tebo.
But the Patriot defense, led by Salaman Riddell and Terrence Brownlee, helped force a short Comet punt that gave the Patriots the ball at midfield.
On the next play, Chesson bolted 50 yards on a sweep for a 20-7 lead, and he kept on churning.
Behind linemen Matt Reglein, Josh Miller, Teddy Marshall, David Dunn, Mike Fulton and Ryan Kauffman he added touchdown runs of 34 and 39 yards in the last 123 seconds of the first half.
Catonsville trailed 34-7 at halftime, and Chesson added touchdowns of five and six yards in the second half.
"They are not a one-man team by any means, but they have a heckuva one man," Catonsville coach Rich Hambor said.
Old Mill coach Chad McCormick is just glad to have him.
"Rob is a phenomenal athlete," said McCormick, whose team is seeking its second title in three years, after winning in 2009.
The Comets had a 22-yard touchdown run by Josh Hylton and a 47-yard scoring strike from Aaron Jones to Deniko Carter for their second-half scores.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun