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Saturday, December 17, 2011
Chesson makes a statement in Crab Bowl

By Sheldon Shealer

Rob Chesson
Rob Chesson rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown as the D.C. All-Stars defeated the Baltimore All-Stars 14-6 in the fourth annual Maryland Crab Bowl at Bowie State University.
BOWIE, Md. -- It might be impossible to top the image of Rob Chesson lunging into the end zone with a game-winning, two-point conversion in overtime to give Old Mill (Millersville, Md.) a Class 4A state title on the game's final play on Dec. 2.

However, Chesson gave it a run Saturday.

The lightly recruited 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior rushed for 135 yards -- 72 on the team's first drive -- with a touchdown on 22 carries to lead the D.C. All-Stars to a 14-6 victory over the Baltimore All-Stars in the fourth annual Maryland Crab Bowl powered by Under Armour, played at Bowie State University.

"There was some intensity," Chesson said. "A lot of people wanted to know what I could do with the best talent around so I had to come out an perform to the best of my ability and I did that today and I'm proud of myself."

Chesson capped D.C.'s first drive with runs of 26, 22 and 15 yards on the last three plays as the team took a 7-0 lead. D.C. made it 14-0 after Tavon Young of Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) returned a fumble 33 yards in the second quarter. Baltimore's lone touchdown came when Calvert Hall (Towson, Md.) teammates Thomas Stuart and receiver Trevor Williams connected on a 14-yard score in the fourth quarter.

Chesson guided Old Mill to a 14-0 showing and scored a state-record 49 touchdowns.

D.C. 14, Baltimore 6

Baltimore 0 0 0 6 _ 6
D.C. 7 7 0 0 _ 14

First Quarter
DC - Rob Chesson 15 run (Junior Arcaro kick)
Second Quarter
DC - Tavon Young 33 fumble return (Arcaro kick)
Fourth Quarter
B - Trevor Williams 14 pass from Thomas Stuart (kick blocked)

Rushing: Baltimore (26-84) -
Devon Paye 2-25, D.J. Kee 6-21, Tyler Thompson 2-21, Aaron Wells 6-20, Thomas Stuart 7-2, Trevor Williams 1-0, Joel Jorgensen 2-(5). D.C. (38-158) - Rob Chesson 22-135, Mark Green 4-12, Nyema Washington 1-9, Kevin Jones 5-7, Andrew Stefanelli 4-5, Chris Chick 2-(10).

Passing: Baltimore (15-38-0 266) - Thomas Stuart 9-19-0 143, Shawheem Dowdy 3-9-0 81, Joel Jorgensen 3-10-0 42. D.C. (10-20-2 115) - Chris Chick 4-8-0 85, Nyema Washington 6-9-1 62, David Smith 0-3-1 0.

Receiving: Baltimore - Samuel Benjamin 3-60, Trevor Williams 2-50, Jordan Garrison 2-56, Christian Carpenter 2-20, Jamal Chappell 2-13, Deniko Carter 1-33, Ian Thomas 1-27, Dwayne Marshall 1-12, Devon Paye 1-(1). D.C. - Romeo Harris 3-54, Nick Marshall 2-21, Billy Brown 1-15, Andrew Stefanelli 1-12, Simbarashe Gwashavanhu 1-10, J.W. Smith 1-6, Mark Green 1-(3).