Overlea defense steps up, 26-12

October 17, 1992|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

If Overlea High has had a problem this season, it has been stopping the other team.

But last night the Falcons applied a defensive clamp to previously unbeaten Chesapeake-BC and rambled to a 26-12 victory before 1,000 fans at Dundalk Community College.

It was a major step toward the 1992 playoffs for a team accustomed to postseason play.

"Say we had lost this one and gone on to be 8-2, we'd have been on the bubble," said Overlea coach Terry Ward. "Nothing would have been a cinch. But I think Chesapeake is OK if they win the rest of their games."

The 14th-ranked Bayhawks (6-1) mounted only one sustained drive all night, going 57 yards in nine plays with their first second-half possession to close to within 14-12.

Their other touchdown came on a 53-yard march at the end of the first half, Keith Brown going the final 13 up the middle. But most of that turf was gobbled up on penalties against the fifth-ranked Falcons, including two personal fouls.

"It seemed like one of those nights offensively when it was always almost," said Chesapeake coach Ken Johnson. "Things would appear to be there. Then their quickness would close them on us."

Overlea (6-1) received excellent play from its defensive ends and cornerbacks, with Lonnie Means particularly visible.

On offense, the Falcons churned out 346 rushing yards in a game that had no turnovers until its final play.

All-Metro running back Tyrese Barmer collected 163 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns, and second-team All-Metro quarterback Bernard Fitchette put the game away.

On a fourth-down play from the Chesapeake 32, Fitchette rolled left, looked right as if to pass, then cut across the grain with a 32-yard run to the opposite section of the end zone.

"He was the slipperiest quarterback I think I've seen," said Johnson. "Everything you teach kids to do, they do correctly and he still gets away."

Barmer has scored 12 touchdowns and is nearing 900 rushing. He burst loose for a 46-yard scoring -- on the second play of the second half.

But the key was the Falcons defense, which had surrendered 28 points to Kenwood and Towson. The offense covered for its generosity in those games.

"That is where we have to improve if we're going to make noise," said Ward. "Tyrese played some defense tonight, and that helped. And Means is a good name for Lonnie."

"Their ends and linebackers surprised us," said Johnson. "We didn't think they would make that much of an impact."

Fitchette finished with 99 yards on 11 carries in a game in which each team completed only one pass.

Overlea's was a 51-yarder from Fitchette to Dan Brown that set up the team's third touchdown. Chesapeake's was a 3-yard screen pass on fourth-and-13 early in the fourth period, ending its chances to get back into the game.

Fitchette followed five plays later with his dazzler and the suspense was ended.

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