Towson's Alex Galiani did all he could to help his football team upset previously unbeaten and 17th-ranked Chesapeake-BC yesterday, 32-30.
Now, Galiani and the Generals (8-2) must sit and hope several teams lose this weekend, enabling them to earn at least the eighth seed in the upcoming Class 2A state playoffs.
Their postseason prospects appear slim, but that does not detract from Galiani's effort yesterday and this season. The senior running back/linebacker spearheaded the game-winning touchdown drive after Chesapeake had taken a 30-24 lead on Lamar King's 16-yard run with three minutes remaining.
Galiani, who finished with 153 yards on 23 carries, romped for 15 yards and a clutch first down on the final drive, setting up Tex DeLeon's 17-yard inside reverse for the tying touchdown.
Galiani then rambled off left tackle, bounced outside and waltzed into the end zone for the winning two-point conversion with 58 seconds left.
Teammate David Brewer's interception sealed the victory moments later.
Galiani, 6 feet 1, 205 pounds, is the leader coach Bob Davis was looking for in the preseason.
"Alex goes out and speaks to kids in the community," said Davis. "He showed the kind of leader he is [in the final drive], and our quarterback, Tim Burke, showed his cool, too.
"We have a couple of other very good backs, so Alex doesn't get the ball as much as those kids at Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake, or he could have their kind of numbers, too."
Galiani has rushed 139 times for 1,314 yards (9.45 average), ranking him among the top seven area rushers.
"Some of those other guys don't play both ways, or if they do, they don't play linebacker," said Davis.
The defeat cost Chesapeake its perfect season and a higher seeding for the playoffs.
"Now we may have to get on a bus and travel 3 1/2 hours to play at Fort Hill," said Bayhawks coach Ken Johnson.