Chesapeake rips Dundalk, 30-12

September 04, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Dundalk and host Chesapeake committed their share of mistakes in yesterday's Baltimore County Class 3A League football opener. But Dundalk paid the bigger price, as the Bayhawks emerged with a 30-12 victory.

"It was ugly, but we got the job done," said Chesapeake coach Richard Zentz, who coached Dundalk from 1986 to 1991. "We had guys who didn't know which way they were going."

No one had to tell 6-foot-4, 240-pound senior Lamar King which way to go when he scooped up Damon Everett's fumble and raced untouched for a 63-yard touchdown. King then kicked the extra point, giving Chesapeake a 7-0 lead with 2:40 left in the first quarter.

Chesapeake had a time-consuming, second-quarter drive but came away empty when King's 30-yard field-goal attempt was batted down by Dundalk's Richard Venker.

Quarterback Venker took over his offense at his 20-yard line and drove the Owls 75 yards before running into King at linebacker.

With first-and-goal at the 5, Dundalk went to the run, but the backs were met head-on by King, who finished with eight tackles and four assists. The Owls came up short on fourth-and-goal at the 8 and trailed at the half 7-0.

Dundalk's offense stalled on its opening possession of the second half, and a fumbled snap on a punt attempt gave Chesapeake first-and-goal at the 5. Three plays later, the Bayhawks scored on a 2-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jermaine Johnson to King. Johnson ran for the two-point conversion to give the Bayhawks a 15-0 lead with 4:39 left in the third quarter.

The Owls got their best field position after a fumble recovery by Anthony Stamatopoulos at the Bayhawks' 15-yard line. Dundalk scored two plays later when Venker connected with split end Neely James for a 21-yard touchdown.

Johnson capped a seven-play, 60-yard scoring drive on a keeper from 4 yards out on the Bayhawks' next possession and later ended the scoring with a 3-yard run and a two-point conversion pass to Jason Johnson.

"We made a lot of mistakes, and you can't do that against a senior-laden team like Chesapeake and expect to win," said Dundalk coach Ron Shultz. "I'm disappointed, but I'm encouraged because my kids never quit."

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