De­but of Bay­hawks’ grand­stand spoiled

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­

Ken­wood was the per­fect op­po­nent for Ch­e­sa­peake to host in its first foot­ball game in front of the new grand­stand that was in­stalled over the sum­mer; a neigh­bor­hood ri­val lo­cated barely 10 min­utes up Back River Neck/Stem­mers Run roads.

The out­come, from the Bay­hawks point of view, wasn’t as per­fect as the Blue­birds posted a 16-0 victory.

Kin­caid Den­nis scored both Ken­wood touch­downs on runs of 20 and seven yards.

“Our goal was to spoil their first game in front of their new grand­stand,” Ken­wood coach Der­rick Krumholtz said.

Ch­e­sa­peake has con­trolled ac­cess to its foot­ball field, but did not charge ad­mis­sion to the game as it was played in a steady rain — a rain that had be­gun ear­lier that morn­ing.

“If some­one wants to come out in the rain and watch high school foot­ball, I fig­ured we wouldn’t charge them ad­mis­sion to­day,” Ch­e­sa­peake ath­letic direc­tor Rod McMil­lion said.

The game did at­tract a pretty siz­able crowd. It was the first meet­ing be­tween Ken­wood and Ch­e­sa­peake since 2014 (a 13-12 Ken­wood win).

The Blue­birds, 3-6 last sea- son, hope the win is the start of a suc­cess­ful sea­son.

“We have 17 se­niors, and every­one has bought in,” Krumholtz said. “We’re look- ing to open some eyes in the Bal­ti­more County Divi­sion I.

The Sun said we were go­ing to win two games this sea­son. We’ll see if we can prove them wrong.”

Krumholtz said the Blue­birds are phys­i­cally strong, after spend­ing “a ton of time” in the weight room this sum­mer.

Ken­wood hosts Western Tech on Fri­day at 6 p.m. Then the sched­ule gets tougher, with a home game against Here­ford and a road game against Class 3A state run­ner-up Franklin.

Ch­e­sa­peake, 5-5 last year, plays at New Town on Satur­day at 1 p.m.

The Bay­hawks hurt them­selves with turnovers against Ken­wood.

“Our de­fense is fast and ag­gres­sive, but we need to do a lit­tle bet­ter job of play­ing as­sign­ment foot­ball,” Krumholtz said. “We do that, we’ll be tough.”


Satur­day’s foot­ball game against Ken­wood marked the de­but of Ch­e­sa­peake’s grand­stand that was in­stalled last sum­mer.

Ken­wood’s Kin­caid Den­nis scored both touch­downs as the Blue­birds beat Ch­e­sa­peake 16-0.

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