Chesapeake-AA's 27-21 victory over Annapolis extra special

1st winning mark since '85 secured

playoffs possible

Football

November 01, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County may have posted the biggest triumph in the school's 27 years of football last night.

The visiting Cougars held off a furious, fourth-period rally by the Panthers to record a 27-21 victory that clinched their first winning record in 18 years.

The Cougars, whose last winning mark was 6-4 in 1985, also stayed alive for what would be their first playoff berth. Chesapeake (6-3) needs a win at home Friday against Northeast (1-7) and could get enough points to take the final spot in the Class 4A East region.

"I'm excited for the school, the kids, my coaches and the community," said Chesapeake first-year coach Jim Simms. "It feels good to be a winner and hopefully we can come out next week and have a shot at the playoffs."

The Panthers (3-5) - who are assured of their first losing season since 1995 - had defeated the Cougars 18 straight times and came into last night's game 22-1 against the Cougars in the series that began in 1978.

Chesapeake took a 27-7 lead on Gary Townes' second touchdown, a 5-yard run, with 7:43 remaining in the game.

Quarterback Larry Beavers rallied the Panthers with touchdown passes to Damien Kinchen and Alvin Rudolph from 43 and 11 yards. The second one made it 27-21 with 5:08 to play.

After forcing Chesapeake to punt with 3:22 left, the Panthers marched to the 14-yard line. Two plays later, the Panthers had a first-and-goal at the 4, but an intentional grounding penalty and a sack by Cougars linebacker Paul Burke put the ball on the 37.

Beavers tried to go deep to Kinchen in the end zone, but Brandon Fleig deflected the first attempt and Josh Dubroc got a hand on the second one. Dubroc's tip hit Kinchen in the lap as the latter fell backward but couldn't hold on.

Were the Cougars worried?

"I was petrified out there when I saw him get open for a second," said Burke. "But we made the big plays when we had to and made history tonight."

Townes missed adding more history when passed for only 8 yards. He came into the game with 1,117 yards rushing and 934 passing and can become just the third player in Anne Arundel history to run and pass for 1,000 yards in the same season.

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