Bayhawks clinch playoff spot
Kenwood and Chesapeake both suffered painful losses in their respective regularseason football finales last week. But while the Bluebirds lost a chance to finish at .500, the Bayhawks could console themselves by preparing for the regional playoffs.
Chesapeake (8-2) lost to visiting Hereford on Saturday 22-20 in overtime. The loss ended the Bayhawks eight-game winning streak, but they still finished with the third seed in the Class 1A North Region standings.
The Bayhawks will play at second-seeded Dunbar (8-1) on Friday at 1 p.m. at Under Armour Field. The winner will play in the regional championship game against either top-seeded Reginald Lewis (10-0) or fourth-seeded Overlea.
It is the first playoff appearance for Chesapeake since the 2011 season.
Against Hereford, a win slipped away due to a number of mistakes. The biggest was a defensive lapse in the third quarter shortly after the Bayhawks had taken an 8-7 lead.
During an injury timeout, the Chesapeake defense lost track of a Hereford receiver split wide right. When play resumed, no Bayhawk defender covered him and the result was a 53-yard touchdown pass and a 14-8 Hereford lead.
That play was essentially the only offense the Bulls managed in the last three quarters of regulation.
Chesapeake responded with a 10-play, 65-yard drive that ended with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Robert Morris to Daniel Meredith.
But the Bayhawls were stopped on the two-point conversion attempt, leaving the score tied at 14-14.
Chesapeake drove inside the Hereford 25-yard line twice in the fourth quarter, without scoring. The Bayhawks lost a fumble at the Bulls 24, and turned the ball over on downs at the Herford 19.
In overtime, Chesapeake took a 20-14 lead on a sevenyard run by Adrian Scott. But the Bayhawks again came up short on the two- point conversion attempt.
On their possession in overtime, the Bulls scored on fourth down from the four-yard line. The Bayhawks were cited for being offside on three straight Hereford extra-point attempts; the Bulls finally ran the ball in from the one-yard line for the winning points.
Hereford had taken a 7-0 lead on a 17-play, 90-yard drive that started in the first quarter and ended midway through the second quarter.
Chesapeake took the lead early in the third quarter, as Joshua Jones blocked a punt and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown, Shina Aguda scored the two-point conver- sion.
For Kenwood, only six yards separated the Bluebirds from finishing with a 5-5 record. Instead, a staggering reversal of fortune led to a 22-18 defeat against visiting Dundalk on Friday.
Leading 6-0, Kenwood faced a fourth and goal from the Owl six-yard line. Go- ing for a touchdown, Kenwood’s pass was intercepted by Dundalk’s De’Jion Meredith, who returned it 100 yards for a touchdown and a 7-6 Dundalk lead.
Suddenly, after over three quarters of a defensive struggle, the teams combined for five touchdowns in the last nine minutes.
It took Kenwood two plays to regain the lead, as Adam Harter connected with Walter Scheuerman for a 68yard touchdown pass to put the Bluebirds up 12-7.
It took Dundalk three plays to respond, driving 65 yards and adding a two-point conversion to go ahead 15-12.
Kenwood was forced to punt, and Dundalk appeared to clinch the game on a 29yard touchdown run with 1:51 remaining in the game.
But Harter tossed a 38yard touchdown pass to Scheuerman with one minute remaining. Dundalk recovered the onside kick, however, and ran out the clock.
Eastern Tech (5-5) went out on a winning note, beating Western Tech 43-0 to end a three-game losing streak.
Adrian Scott scores a touchdown in overtime for Chesapeake against Hereford.