Jermaine Johnson ran for two touchdowns and threw for two, and James Kelley rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns as Chesapeake locked up a playoff berth with a 49-6 defeat of Towson in a Baltimore County 1A-2A league game last night at Dundalk Community College.
Chesapeake (8-1, 7-1) simply had too much speed for Towson (7-2, 6-2). The Bayhawks took advantage of huge holes to rush for 325 yards and five touchdowns. The holes often came as a result of a strategic move by the Chesapeake coaching staff.
"We have been right-handed the past two weeks," said coach Rick Zentz, who thinks his team could move up to the sixth spot for the Class 2A playoffs. "We just decided to go left. They were over-rotating to the right."
And they could not stop Kelley. The junior carried the ball only seven times, but gained 56, 33, 38, 36 and 30 yards on five of the carries. He scored a 56-yard touchdown the first time he touched the ball, helping the Bayhawks to a 22-0 first-quarter lead.
Johnson found similar success. He gained 22 yards on his first carry and hit Jason Johnson with a 7-yard touchdown pass on his first throw. Two plays later, the quarterback made a nice pitch to Kelley, who raced for the 56-yard score. Kelley then ran for the conversion and a 15-0 lead with 5:40 left in the first quarter.
Turnovers also hurt Towson. The Generals made three in the first half, plus a short punt and a mix-up that caused them to run a fake punt and come up short on fourth down. A fourth turnover early in the second half set Chesapeake up for another score and a 36-0 lead.
"I think [the turnovers] got Towson a little bit," said Jermaine Johnson. "We just kept going straight at them."
The turnovers started immediately. Lamar King (two interceptions) picked off Jeremy Tibbles' pass on the first play of the game to set up the team's first score. He intercepted another in the second quarter, but the Bayhawks came up empty.
Towson coach Bob Davis, whose team is most likely out of the playoff hunt, said turnovers hurt but so did his team's effort on defense.
"We just couldn't stop them defensively," said Davis. "We just don't have the speed to [keep up with] Overlea and Chesapeake."