SALISBURY -- Chesapeake High School's football team called its playoff trip to the Eastern Shore "Mister Johnson's Great Adventure" after its coach, Ken Johnson. The only problem was it turned into a nightmare for the sixth-seeded Bayhawks.
Wicomico (11-0) scored 14 points in the first 10 minutes and used a stingy defense to eliminate Chesapeake of Baltimore County, 28-8, in a Class 2A state quarterfinal game.
The Indians advance to next weekend's state semifinal against Allegany, which defeated Oakland Mills, 21-7, in another quarterfinal last night.
Maury Braham led the Indians with 86 yards on six carries, Keith Brown had 78 yards on 13 carries and Lamar King had 72 yards on 14 carries for Chesapeake (8-3).
"Their defense was a lot quicker than we had thought, and they came off the ball very well offensively," said Johnson. "We got down quickly, and that made it harder for us to get on track."
After holding Chesapeake to 7 yards on the opening series, Wicomico's Terrance Holley blocked a Chesapeake punt at the Bayhawks' 15. One play later, C.J. McKenzie scored up the middle to give Wicomico a 6-0 lead.
The Bayhawks gained just 3 yards on their next possession, giving the Indians the ball at their own 49 after a punt. Wicomico moved right down the field again, using a 22-yard Randy Barry pass reception from J.R. Hobbs to take a 14-0 lead.
Chesapeake pinned Wicomico at its own 16-yard line midway through the second quarter, but the Indians needed just six plays to add to their lead. On a second-and-seven at the Bayhawks' 43, Hobbs handed off to Braham, who went 57 yards untouched through the middle of the Chesapeake line to run the score to 20-0 at the half.
The Indians continued their domination on their second drive of the second half. After starting on their own 18, Wicomico went 82 yards on 16 plays, capped by a Braham run of 5 yards to hTC increase the margin to 28-0 with 1:38 left in the third quarter.
Chesapeake got its lone touchdown on a Cliff Love 3-yard run with 6:52 left.
"We beat a good football game tonight," said Wicomico coach Dave Underwood. "Even a good team needs luck, and we got it on the blocked punt. When we got them down early, we could dictate the pace and guess what they were going to do."
As for Johnson, he says the junior-led Bayhawks will be a force next season.
"We want to go to the next level real bad," said Johnson.