The battle for first place in the Baltimore County 1A-2A League was won by Chesapeake yesterday, as it rolled past host Pikesville, 23-0.
The Bayhawks (5-0, 3-0) also won the battle of the county's top defenses, containing junior quarterback Jay Glickson and holding the Panthers to 159 total yards.
Glickson, the area's sixth-leading passer, finished with 11 completions in 29 attempts for 130 yards, and was sacked twice.
"The pressure from the blitz caused a lot of hurries," said Glickson. "Once we got down, the mistakes started piling up against us."
Mistakes proved costly to Pikesville (4-1, 3-1), one of the area's surprise teams this season, as three turnovers were parlayed into Chesapeake scores.
John McCarthy fumbled on a punt, and the Bayhawks recovered at the Panthers' 40-yard line. Chesapeake scored five plays later Dave DiSciullo hit Lamar King from 16 yards. DiSciullo connected with Keith Kruse for the conversion and an 8-0 lead.
With Pikesville on its 11, Glickson fumbled and Chris Williamson recovered for the Bayhawks at the 6. Two plays later, Ron Harge (17 rushes for 89 yards) went in from 4 yards out. The conversion pass made it 16-0 with 1 minute, 27 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
On the ensuing possession, Pikesville fumbled again as McCarthy lost the ball and Denny Treas recovered it for Chesapeake, which halted a drive that had reached the Bayhawks 38.
"We just had a lack of concentration," said Pikesville coach Curt Boushell. "We haven't had any problems with turnovers this year, but give credit to Chesapeake.
Said Chesapeake coach Ken Johnson, "We showed good balance today. We don't overwhelm our opponents. We just play good defense, good offense, and our special teams is excellent, which really is a big factor."