Bayhawks stymie Pointers

Chesapeake-BC 8 Sparrows Point 6

Varsity

October 21, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Marcus Jackson's touchdown from the 1 and a subsequent two-point conversion run by Antonio Williams with 3:56 left in the first half was enough for host Chesapeake-Baltimore County to edge Sparrows Point, 8-6, yesterday.

The eight points capped an 11-play, 99-yard drive for the Bayhawks after they stopped the Pointers at the 1 on downs. The victory pushed the Bayhawks (6-1) to 2-0 in the Baltimore County 1A League and dropped the Pointers (6-1) to 1-1.

Chesapeake's defense rose to the occasion every time the Pointers threatened on their lumpy, divot-doused field, where the fans sit or stand on a hill because there are no stands.

"I knew it was going to be close," said Jackson, a senior fullback-linebacker. "Sparrows Point is a good team. It's a special win, and all I can say is I love my linemen."

Sparrows Point also scored in the second quarter on T.J. Howell's 1-yard dive as time expired. The Pointers, who normally kick for the extra point, went for two to tie but missed on a pass.

"We usually kick, but they went for two and we had no shot," said coach Eric Webber, whose Pointers came in scoring 36.8 points per game while the Bayhawks had three shutouts and had yielded only 5.5 points an outing. "They were a little more hungry than we were. At 6-0, we got a little soft, and they wanted it more."

Sparrows Point's conversion attempt came from the 8-yard line after an illegal procedure penalty.

The Pointers had 237 rushing yards (to 165 by Chesapeake), with Paul Brown gaining 161 yards on 25 carries, and dominated the second half by reeling off 35 plays to 15 by the Bayhawks.

It was a 22-7 differential in plays in the last 12 minutes.

Sparrows Point gave up the ball at the Chesapeake 22 in the third quarter on a fumble that was recovered by the Bayhawks' Dominique Tshiams. And in the last quarter, the Pointers' drives stalled at the Chesapeake 31-yard and 12-yard lines.

"It's been pretty much our theme all season," said Chesapeake first-year coach Mark Junker. "We bend and don't break. We made the plays when we needed to, which has been the way it has worked out. Our kids have great heart."

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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