|Chesapeake Shocks Eastern Tech
Article & photos by Ben Boehl -
Chesapeake sent shockwaves throughout the county as they upset
Eastern Tech 15-13 last Saturday. Both teams came into the game with
perfect 3-0 records, but Eastern Tech was heavily favored since they
haven't lost a regular season game since 2006 and made it to the 2A
state championship the past two seasons.
“We have so much respect for Eastern Tech. They have been to the state
finals and we knew we had a daunting task ahead of us,” said Bayhawk
coach Mark Junker. “I told them not to worry about who they are
playing, but focus on the same fundamentals that we focus on each and
Chesapeake's defense has shut down opponents all year long, but they
haven't played an offense like Eastern Tech's. On the opening drive,
Mavericks appeared they would dominate the Bayhawks as they moved the
ball down to the Bayhawk 6-yard line, but the drive was stopped after
Chesapeake's TeAndre Gamble caused and recovered a fumble. The
Maverick's offense was shut down in the first half, but Emmanuel Gbor's
30-yard punt return gave Tech a 6-0 halftime lead. Gbor had a great
game as he recovered a fumble on defense and had over 100 yards rushing
in a losing effort.
But Chesapeake's offense also had trouble scoring on the Tech defense.
The Bayhawks got down to the 1-yard line before they turned over the
ball on a fumble. Chesapeake running back Corey Polston only had 4
yards rushing in the first half, but came out strong in the second
half. Polston had a big second half with 75 yards rushing including two
Chesapeake faced a 3rd and 25 and Quarterback Delvonta Cole completed
an improbable 24-yard pass to Robert Morgan.
On the next play, Polston scored from the two-yard line. On the next
possession, The Bayhawks faced another 4th and 1, this time at the Tech
45. Junker decided to go for it and Polston broke free 45 yards for a
“The line was blocking for me all day long. I just followed behind my
blockers,” Polston said humbly. “They did most of the work.”
Chesapeake grabbed 15-6 lead after Cole converted on the two-point
conversion with a pass to Pascal Tshiams.
Eastern Tech did not go away. After the Bayhawks extended the lead to
9, Gbor, quarterback Zach Burkhardt and the Tech offense marched down
field 55 yards and cut the deficit 15-13 after a Chucky Iweh
4-yard touchdown run. Then the Mavericks got the ball back with 4:30
left in the game after a Josh Cannella interception. Tech drove the
ball down the Bayhawk 35, but Aaron Beason tackled a Maverick running
back in the backfield for a loss and the win.
“The game went back and forth. I told them that the team that would win
the second half would win the game,” Junker said.
The Bayhawks will play at Randallstown on Saturday and the Mavericks
will look to rebound as they face Overlea at home.
running back Criszon Brown is tackled by Chesapeake defender Nick
Karwacki after a 5-yard gain.
quarterback Delvonta Cole is being chased by Maverick defender Emmanuel
running back Chucky Iweh
scored on a 4-yard
touchdown run to cut the deficit 15-13.
running back Corey Polston ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns to help
pull off the upset.