Turnovers help eliminate Chesapeake in 2A, 28-20

November 15, 1992|By Steve Luse | Steve Luse,Contributing Writer

CUMBERLAND -- Gavin Palumbo hit Shannon Trimble with two touchdown passes in the final 46 seconds of the first half and then intercepted a pass in the closing seconds of the game, as Fort Hill beat Chesapeake-BC, 28-20, in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs yesterday at Greenway Avenue Stadium.

This is the third straight year that Chesapeake (8-3) has been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Chesapeake had 358 yards in total offense compared with 165 by Fort Hill, but turned the ball over five times with three interceptions, a muff on a punt and a fumble.

With Fort Hill trailing 14-7 late in the second quarter, Chris Budd's punt was touched by a Chesapeake player and recovered by Deron Elbin at the Bayhawks' 25-yard line.

With 46 seconds left in the half, Palumbo found Trimble open in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown pass.

Chesapeake's Jermaine Johnson came out throwing on the first play after the kickoff, and a pass over the middle was tipped in the air and picked off by Giles Wright, who returned it to the 15.

With 11 seconds left, Palumbo hit Trimble with a perfect lead pass going across the middle for the touchdown. Budd's kick made it 21-14.

"We knew going in that we had to take chances to have an opportunity to win, and sometimes those chances worked and sometimes they backfired," said Chesapeake coach Ken Johnson. "I remember looking up at the score in the second half and seeing 21-20 and thinking it could have been us ahead 20-7. Turnovers were the key."

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