On paper, it looked like a classic matchup. Two undefeated teams battling for first place in their division.
But on the field, it looked like a classic blowout.
Chesapeake of Baltimore County scored early and often on the way to a 41-0 victory against Loch Raven yesterday.
Both teams came into the game at the top of the Baltimore County 2A-1A Division. But the Raiders, who had gone 5-25 over the past three seasons, were a surprise 2-0 (now 2-1) and the Bayhawks, ranked 14th in The Baltimore Sun top 20, were expected to be strong.
"[Chesapeake] is a very good ballclub," Loch Raven coach Robert Helms said. "We just didn't have the horsepower."
The Bayhawks (3-0) took the opening kickoff and drove 50 yards for a touchdown when sophomore Lamar King ran it in from 18 yards out and then added the extra point.
It was 7-0.
They got the ball back at their 23 and scored again, this time on a 54-yard pass from sophomore Jermaine Johnson to senior Paul Lancione. King added the PAT.
And it was 14-0.
The next time they touched the ball, early in the second quarter, they drove it in again. King scored, this time from 9 yards out. And again kicked the extra point.
And it was 21-0.
It was that kind of game.
The Bayhawks gained 394 total yards, including 284 on the ground. Senior Gee Bullock led the way with 86 yards. Junior Keith Brown picked up 84. King added 47.
"We're blessed with some backs who can do the job," said second-year Chesapeake coach Ken Johnson, whose team averaged 38 points in its first two games. "One of the good things about using the three of them is none of them get tired. It's also tough on the defense."
Dave Scrivener can attest to that. He was the Loch Raven coach in charge of trying to stop Chesapeake.
"We just didn't tackle," the Raiders defensive coordinator said. "We got a little over-enthusiastic and over-pursued. But they've got some good backs, and you really can't key on any one of them. They throw the ball decent, too."