Chesapeake-Baltimore County coach Mark Junker quickly corrected a reporter after he was told his Bayhawks squad was no longer an afterthought in Baltimore County football.
“I feel we’re trying to get respect,” Junker said. “With expectations, we go week-to-week. We could lose to a team we feel we should beat and vice versa.”
The opening week went well for Chesapeake, but it wasn’t easy. The No. 16 Bayhawks rallied for a 15-14 victory over Patterson Mill in a non-league contest Saturday afternoon.
Delvonta Cole’s 28-yard touchdown run midway in the fourth quarter tied it, and the Baywawks converted the extra point for the final margin. Patterson Mill led, 14-0, in the third quarter after Cameron Wann’s 23-yard touchdown pass.
“They were really sharp,” said Junker of Patterson Mill, whose coached by Josh Mason, a former assistant with Junker at Patterson. “They’re a spread team and it’s hard to defend.”
Cole found Daymontay Johnson for a 23-yard touchdown. Cole’s two-point conversion made it 14-8.
Cole, Edwin Thomason and Isaiah Boone are the senior captains for Junker, whose team went 10-2 last including a regular season win over eventual Class 2A state champ Eastern Tech. Junker, in his fourth season, said he’s excited about having his first senior class.
“We have good leadership, but we’re less experienced and younger overall,” said Junker. “We’re going to be competitive.”
Cole finished with 115 all-purpose yards and Paschal Tshiam rushed for 63 yards. Junior linebacker Rodney Jenkins had 6 1/2 tackles and Thomason, a defensive tackle, added five tackles and two quarterback sacks. Jacob Beckham had an interception.
Chesapeake takes on neighborhood rival Sparrows Point Saturday afternoon.
Chesapeake-Baltimore County 15, Patterson Mill 14