Ch­e­sa­peake foot­ball holds off East­ern Tech

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com

East­ern Tech and Ch­e­sa­peake both en­tered Fri­day’s game at CCBC Es­sex rid­ing win­ning streak: Five for the Bay­hawks and four for the Mav­er­icks. Ch­e­sa­peake’s streak now stands at six. Shina Aguda’s 38-yard touch­down run with 3;13 re­main­ing in the game lifted the Bay­hawks (6-1) to a 22-18 win over East­ern Tech (4-3).

It was the third long touch­down run of the game for Aguda, and came af­ter the Mav­er­icks had ral­lied from a 14-6 deficit to take an 18-14 lead.

Aguda also had scor­ing runs of 40 and 55 yards.

“They’re the big brother, we’re the lit­tle brother,” Aguda said. “We came in here think­ing, we win this game, noth­ing can stop us.”

Ch­e­sa­peake is in third place in the Class 1A North re­gional stand­ings with three games re­main­ing, trail­ing Regi­nald Lewis (7-0) and Dun­bar (5-1). The top fourb teams in the re­gion ad­vance to the play­offs.

East­ern Tech dropped to fifth place in the Class 2A North stand­ings, and is con­tend­ing with Here­ford (4-3), Lake Clifton (4-2) and Carver Vo-Tech (3-4) for the fi­nal play­off spot.

Three de­fen­sive stands in the sec­ond half helped Ch­e­sa­peake over­come east­ern Tech.

Trail­ing 14-12 in the third quar­ter af­ter a 17-yard touch­down run by #40, the Mav­er­icks re­cov­ered a Ch­e­sa­peake fum­ble at the Bay­hawk 30-yard line.

Hurt by two il­le­gal pro­ce­dure penal­ties, the Mav­er­icks ended up turn­ing over the ball on downs at the 30.

Get­ting the ball at the Bay­hawk 33-yard line af­ter a bad punt, the Mav­er­icks drove to a first down at the Ch­e­sa­peake eight-yard line.

The Bay­hawk de­fense stuffed three run­ning plays, and a fourth-down pass fell in­com­plete.

But the Bay­hawks weren’t fin­ished mak­ing things dif­fi­cult for them­selves. Another Ch­e­sa­peake fum­ble gave East­ern Tech the ball at mid­field.

This time the Mav­er­icks took ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity, over­com­ing a hold­ing penalty and a first-and-20 sit­u­a­tion to score on a one-yard run by Im­manuel Mas­sally with 5:24 left in the game.

A 20-yard run by Mas­sally on third and 15 put the ball on the Ch­e­sa­peake five-yard line.

But the Mav­er­icks were again de­nied on the two-point con­ver­sion at­tempt.

Star­ing at their own 35, it took five plays for the Bay­hawks to re­gain the lead. On third and five from the Mav­er­ick 38, Aguda went off to the right, found a hole, got some blocks and sprinted down the side­line to the end zone.

“Ev­ery play is de­signed to be a touch­down; we don’t play for short yards,” Ch­e­sa­peake of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Ronald Bar­ton said. “Give me three min­utes, we’re go­ing to score. With five min­utes left, we didn’t feel any need to hurry.”

Thanks to Aguda, how­ever, the win­ning drive went 65 yards in two min­utes, leav­ing East­ern Tech time to re­spond.

The Mav­er­icks drove from their 22-yard line to a first down at the Ch­e­sa­peake 36 with 1:04 re­main­ing.

But a sweep was buried for a five-yard loss, and three straight in­com­plete passes ended the game.

A half­back op­tion pass on third down was open, but Damein Cole­man re­cov­ered in time to break up the pass.

“We knew it wouldn’t be easy. They weren’t go­ing to give it to us,” Ch­e­sa­peake coach Dar­ryl Hunter said. “We had to be re­silient. We gave them the ball three times around our 30-yard line. That’s where our men­tal tough­ness paid off.”

Ch­e­sa­peake hosts Ran­dall­stown (3-4) on Saturday at 1 p.m. East­ern Tech hosts Over­lea (5-2) on Fri­day at CCBC Es­sex.

“We’re go­ing to lament a lot of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties we had,” East­ern Tech coach Bill Brine­gar said. “We had the op­por­tu­ni­ties, we just didn’t ex­e­cute. Ch­e­sa­peake made the big plays when they needed to, we didn’t.”

Shina Aguda celebrates af­ter scor­ing the win­ning touch­down dur­ing the Bay­hawk’s vic­tory over East­ern Tech.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

Con­nor Bow­ings of East­ern Tech leads Im­manuel Mas­saly on a sweep against Ch­e­sa­peake. Both play­ers scored sec­ond-half touch­downs to briefly give the Mav­er­icks an 18-14 lead.

Ch­e­sa­peake de­fen­sive back Damein Cole­man breaks up a pass to East­ern Tech’s Hunter Rid­dle to pre­serve the Bay­hawks’ win.

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