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Chesapeake Beats Up Southern, 29-13, For First Win

Dylan Roche
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September 18, 2012
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By Colin A.J. Murphy

A humming offense, stout defense, and excellent linemen play on both sides of the ball powered the Chesapeake High School football team to its first win of the season on September 14, as the Cougars’ well-rounded performance yielded a 29-13 defeat of the visiting Southern Bulldogs. Sophomore Tyler Davis rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns in his first start at running back, Seth Fisher added 55 yards rushing and another score on the ground, and quarterback Brandon Blanchard was outstanding, completing 10 of 11 passes for 219 yards, a touchdown to Austin Karls, and a pair of two-point conversions.

Excellent play from both the offensive and defensive line paved the way for Chesapeake to execute its game plan, said Head Coach Rob Elliott.

“What it comes down to is our offensive line—against a team that was pretty steadily blitzing us—our offensive line did the job, and it all starts up there,” said Elliott. “We had a ton of defensive linemen we rotated through the game, and they picked off the blockers and allowed [their teammates] to make tackles and make the plays…This was just a true team win.”

The night ended happily for Chesapeake despite a less-than-ideal start. Southern received the opening kickoff and promptly marched down the field on a 12-play, 65-yard drive, capping the possession with a four-yard touchdown run to put the Cougars in an immediate 7-0 hole.

But the Chesapeake boys responded with their own scoring drive right away, mixing the run and the pass effectively. A 24-yard completion by Brandon Blanchard to Brendan Duerr was followed by consecutive short running gains by Seth Fisher, then by a 12-yard completion by Blanchard to Scott Tibert to get into Southern territory. Fisher followed with an 11-yard gain on the ground to get Chesapeake to the edge of the red zone before Blanchard hit Aaron Terry on a beautiful slant route—Terry making the catch in the air and athletically getting both feet down before falling out of bounds—to put Chesapeake down to the one-yard line. Fisher bulldozed through the line of scrimmage on the next play, extra point good, and the game was tied at 7-7.

“It all starts up front with the line,” said Blanchard of his play at quarterback. “They did an outstanding job, and the fact that our run game stepped up real big this week, it opened the pass up for me too.”

With the offense looking sharp, the Cougar defense stepped up its play, frustrating the Bulldogs over the remainder of the half. Chesapeake forced a three-and-out on Southern’s next possession, with Matt Moon making a critical third-down tackle. Solid tackling by Moon, Tibert, Duerr, Terry, Matt Michalski, Zach Brisbane, Aaron Edmond, Nick Means and Adam Bohn and pass defense by Karls, Vince Rood, and Colby Corzine kept Southern from establishing any offensive rhythm throughout the majority of the game.

“We came out after that first drive and coach talked to us, and we stepped up,” said Brisbane, a junior and one of the team’s captains. “Linebackers got big hits, the line got the penetration, and it was just a beautiful thing what happened, it was great.”

The game remained tied, 7-7, until Chesapeake’s first possession of the third quarter. A 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Davis was wiped out by a personal foul, but Davis found the end zone on the same drive anyway, busting through a trio of Southern tacklers for a 35-yard, up-the-middle race to end zone, putting Chesapeake up, 13-6.

After forcing and recovering a Southern fumble on the Bulldogs’ ensuing possession, Chesapeake overcame a string of penalties with a 28-yard completion from Blanchard to Dante Villaras to keep the drive alive. Davis ran for a 13-yard gain to get into Southern territory before Blanchard hit Karls on the left edge of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown reception. A two-point toss to Terry was good, and Chesapeake tightened its grip on the game by going up, 21-7.

Southern managed to score on the next possession despite a sack by Chesapeake’s Chris Ensor, but Corzine broke up the Bulldogs’ two-point conversion attempt to hold the score at 21-13.

On Chesapeake’s ensuing possession, a 21-yard run by Terry and an eight-yard gain by Fisher set up Davis, who broke free for a 23-yard run and his second touchdown. The Cougars faked the extra point and instead Blanchard found Terry with a pass for the two-point conversion.

Chesapeake stuffed Southern’s last-gasp attempt in the closing minutes before winding down the clock to seal the 29-13 win.

In addition to praising the play of the linemen, quarterback, running backs and defensive backs, Elliott said the week’s practice was critical to the Cougars’ success against Southern’s unique, double-wing attack.

“Our scout team in practice this week simulated [Southern’s offense] perfectly and really wore our first team guys out, and that helped prepare us for them,” said Elliott. “So our scout team guys, [they] don’t always get a lot of recognition, but they were a huge part of our practice this week and made a huge difference.”

 

County Football Standings Through Week 3

 

1. Arundel 3-0; Wins: Annapolis, Northeast, Meade

1. Old Mill 3-0; Wins: Broadneck, Severna Park, North County

2. Meade 2-1; Wins: Southern, Annapolis; Loss: Arundel

2. South River 2-1; Wins: Chesapeake, Southern; Loss: Broadneck

2. Severna Park 2-1; Wins: Glen Burnie, Annapolis; Loss: Old Mill

2. Broadneck 2-1; Wins: Chesapeake, South River; Loss: Old Mill

2. Glen Burnie 2-1; Wins: North County, Northeast; Loss: Severna Park

3. Northeast 1-2; Win: North County; Losses: Arundel, Glen Burnie

3. Chesapeake 1-2; Win: Southern; Losses: South River, Broadneck

4. Annapolis 0-3; Losses: Arundel, Meade, Severna Park

4. Southern 0-3; Losses: Meade, South River, Chesapeake

4. North County 0-3; Losses: Northeast, Glen Burnie, Old Mill

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