Whoever said that variety is the spice of life would love the Overlea Falcons.
The host Falcons (7-0, 6-0) used two long runs, a pass and an interception return, along with 100-yard rushing days by Tyrese Barmer (15 carries, 112 yards) and Bernard Fitchette (eight carries, 102 yards), to defeat Chesapeake of Baltimore County (5-2, 4-2), 30-7, in a Baltimore County League 2A-1A game.
The sixth-ranked Falcons held the No. 16 Bayhawks to 176 total yards and allowed them past the 20 twice.
Lamar King led the Bayhawks with 15 carries for 79 yards.
Chesapeake coach Ken Johnson said: "They have so many weapons and so many ways to beat you. We're getting better, but we're not in that league, not yet."
Fitchette, Overlea's quarterback, said: "We have confidence in each other. I know I can count on anybody [on the offense] and they can get the job done."
It took only three offensive plays for Overlea to get in gear, as Fitchette ran 71 yards down the Overlea sideline to give the Falcons a 6-0 lead that became 8-0 after the two-point conversion.
Chesapeake had trouble on its next possession, gaining 2 yards, but that didn't seem to be Overlea's problem. After moving 51 yards in 11 plays to begin the second quarter, Fitchette found wide receiver Bernard Hopkins open in the end zone on a fourth-and-10 at the Chesapeake 30.
Trailing by 16-0, the Bayhawks moved the ball 7 yards on their next possession. When Overlea got the ball back, Barmer ran 23 yards to cap a 56-yard drive and run the score to 24-0 at the half.
Overlea scored its last touchdown on a 38-yard interception return by Hopkins early in the fourth quarter. Chesapeake got on the board with 1 minute, 30 seconds remaining on Jermaine Johnson's 30-yard pass to Paul Lancione.
"We wore them down," said Overlea coach Terry Ward. "They were a little banged up and they have a lot of players who go both ways, so the heat didn't help them."
Fitchette said the Falcons' speed was also a factor.
"I told my team that [Chesapeake] hadn't faced anybody with any real speed this season, so we needed to come out and explode on them, and that's what we did."