Chesapeake snatched away Pikesville's chances for an upset win yesterday -- twice.
The Bayhawks' Dave Crichard intercepted a Jay Glickson pass in the Chesapeake end zone near the end of the first half, and Jermaine Johnson repeated the task with seconds left in the game to preserve a 12-7 win in a Baltimore County 2A/1A League game.
"We really felt like [Pikesville] was going to score," said Ken Johnson, coach of No. 13 Chesapeake (4-0, 3-0). "They played very well and were able to move the ball on us. We're lucky to come out of this with a win."
Pikesville (2-2, 1-2), trailing 12-0, took charge in the second half but fell short. "It's a big letdown," said coach Curt Boushell. "I truly believed we'd pull it out. From a coaching perspective, I'm truly disappointed."
The second interception came after Pikesville recovered a fumble at their 29-yard line with just over a minute to play. The Panthers drove to the Chesapeake 12, as Glickson completed a 40-yard pass to Matt Arnone to set up the potential winning touchdown.
But two plays later, Johnson picked off Glickson's pass to Arnone in the back corner of the end zone, sealing the the Bayhawks' win.
"You get so close, and you just don't want to lose it. Sure, it's a moral victory, but it's still a loss," said Glickson.
It took big plays on defense to bail out a sluggish Chesapeake offense, playing without two of its top threats in running back Lamar King (bruised thigh) and tight end Keith Kruse (knee). The offense fumbled the ball away three times.
"I was very worried," said Johnson. "They are two of the leaders offensively. I was very pleased that we were able to get the big play [on defense] when we needed it."
Chesapeake dominated early, gaining 146 yards in the first quarter while holding Pikesville to minus-2. The Bayhawks scored 3:25 into the game when Gee Bullock (22 carries, 136 yards, one touchdown) capped a six-play, 62-yard drive with a 9-yard run to make it 6-0.
Later in the quarter, they recovered a fumbled punt return on their own 13 and four plays later, on the final play of the first quarter, Johnson scored on a quarterback sneak from a yard out to make it 12-0.
Pikesville's only score came at the end of an 8-minute drive to open the second half. On a fourth-and-goal from the 6, Glickson hit Josh Katz in the middle of the end zone to cut the lead to 12-7.