Cham­bers, Poly haul in an­other win

Se­nior re­ceiver makes win­ning touch­down catch for sec­ond straight week

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Kather­ine Dunn kather­ine.dunn@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/ kdunnsun

When the Poly foot­ball team’s start­ing quar­ter­back, DeVone Stubbs, suf­fered a sep­a­rated shoul­der dur­ing last week’s win over Tus­carora, se­nior wide re­ceiver Tyrese Cham­bers showed con­fi­dence in backup Jer­maine Har­vey. It’s paid off.

For two straight weeks, Cham­bers has caught the game-win­ning touch­down pass from Har­vey. Last week, they con­nected with six sec­onds left for a 32-30 win in Fred­er­ick. Fri­day af­ter­noon, a 26-yard touch­down pass sparked an 8-0 win over Baltimore City Di­vi­sion I ri­val Dou­glass.

“We had a lit­tle rough prac­tice and things was a lit­tle rough in the be­gin­ning,” Cham­bers said, “but I told my quar­ter­back to trust me: ‘Trust me. I got you.’ And he did. That’s how I got the score. We’re go­ing to make sure we come back harder next week against Dun­bar.”

Host Poly (2-2, 1-1) strug­gled to move the ball early, los­ing 6 yards over its first three pos­ses­sions be­fore turn­ing the ball over on a fum­ble, but the En­gi­neers gained ground on their fourth drive late in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Cham­bers opened the drive with a 17-yard catch-and-run be­fore K’Ron Hines ran for 15 yards. A cou­ple of Dou­glass penal­ties helped move the ball, and Hines ran twice more for 10 yards to reach the Ducks’ 26-yard line. On the next play, Har­vey saw Cham­bers sprint­ing down the right side­line and fired. Cham­bers tracked his pass to the end zone, beat­ing dou­ble cov­er­age to come down with the ball with 1:24 left be­fore half­time.

Poly coach Dwayne Green said his of­fense lacked en­ergy and seemed to move in slow mo­tion at times against a tough Dou­glass team with a huge de­fen­sive line. But the En­gi­neers did enough to pull out the win in what has be­come a highly com­pet­i­tive Di­vi­sion I.

Cham­bers, who has 19 catches for 530 yards and eight touch­downs in four games this sea­son, fin­ished with just the two catches on the scor­ing drive for 43 yards Fri­day.

“It was not nec­es­sar­ily de­signed for him,” Green said of Cham­bers’ touch­down catch, “but the quar­ter­back made the read. He saw the matchup, and that’s the guy he de­cided to throw the ball to, so I’m glad he did. It was a score for us, and it pretty much sealed the game for us.”

Af­ter the 2-point con­ver­sion failed, Poly led 6-0. With 3:47 left in the game, the Ducks were backed up to their 8 when a snap went over quar­ter­back Ant­won Fred­er­ick’s head and into the end zone. Fred­er­ick had no choice but to fall on the ball, and the En­gi­neers forced a safety.

The Ducks (2-3, 1-2) had one last drive to try to tie the game. Even be­gin­ning on Dou­glass’ 20, Fred­er­ick’s big arm made a come­back pos­si­ble. His first-down pass was in­com­plete. On sec­ond down, Poly’s pass cov­er­age was so good that Fred­er­ick couldn’t find an open re­ceiver and scram­bled out for a cou­ple of yards. On third down, he let it fly, and Poly’s Quron Win­der in­ter­cepted the pass.

That was the fifth turnover of the game for the Ducks. The En­gi­neers’ Eric Wil­son had two picks, while line­man Brian Dun­stan and line­backer Tariq Grif­fin each re­cov­ered first-quar­ter fum­bles.

Dou­glass “played a great game, and we pride our­self on be­ing a great de­fense and no-fly zone … and that’s what we did to­day. We came out, ex­e­cuted and we did our jobs,” said Wil­son, whose sec­ond in­ter­cep­tion came af­ter he grabbed a pass that had popped off a re­ceiver’s hands.

The Ducks played well de­fen­sively, too, forc­ing three Poly turnovers, in­clud­ing in­ter­cep­tions by An­drew Owens and Rashidi Scott. Of­fen­sively, how­ever, Dou­glass’ drives fre­quently were in­ter­rupted by penal­ties, and they never made it into the red zone.

“It seemed like ev­ery long play we had was a penalty,” Dou­glass coach Alonzo Lee said. “That’s some­thing that was pe­cu­liar to me more so than any­thing. Them flags were very one-sided to­day, but we made our share of mis­takes. We ran the foot­ball well, we did some good things, and then we opened it up and started pass­ing. We threw a few key in­ter­cep­tions, which hurt us. Over­all, we’re just in­con­sis­tent mov­ing the foot­ball. That’s the big­gest thing.”

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