Chesapeake football holds off Eastern Tech
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.
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.