Towson coach Bob Davis knew the bottom line.
"I told the boys that no matter how we figured it out, no matter what math we used, the only way we'd still have a shot at the playoffs was to beat Chesapeake," he said. "I told them it was our only chance.
The boys listened.
In a dramatic regular-season finale for both teams yesterday, the Generals edged No. 15 Chesapeake, 32-30.
Down, 30-24, late in the game, which was close throughout,Towson mounted a furious drive that produced the game-winning touchdown. With just 58 seconds left, freshman Tex Deleon scored on a 17-yard run and Alex Galiani ran in the conversion for the winning margin, thus ending the Bayhawks' perfect season and keeping Towson's regional playoff chances alive.
With the victory, Towson (7-1 in league, 8-2 overall) earned a share of the Baltimore County 2A-1A league title, with Chesapeake (7-1, 9-1). But the Generals, currently fourth in Class 2A, Region II, must hope for a barrage of weekend losses by other borderline teams in the class for them to advance in the playoffs.
In yesterday's game, however, it looked as though rankings might become academic after the Bayhawks' Lamar King scored on a 15-yard sweep to the right with 3 minutes, 9 seconds remaining, to put them on top, 30-24.
But the Generals marched right back. In six plays, they took the ball from their own 39 to the Chesapeake 17, and Deleon ran it in on the left side to tie the game at 30-30.
On the all-important conversion, Galiani (19 carries for 158 yards) scored on a sweep to the left to give Towson the victory.