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Second half key for Chiefs

Chamberlain scores on its first two possessions after halftime to beat East Bay 20-10.

By DON JENSEN, Times Staff Writer
Published September 17, 2005

TAMPA - Chamberlain coach Billy Turner was busy at halftime.

He had to make blocking adjustments and encourage quarterback Chris Webb.

Both paid off.

Webb guided the Chiefs (2-2) to touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half as Chamberlain rallied for a 20-10 victory over East Bay (2-2) Friday night at John Adcock Stadium.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Chamberlain, which has two weeks to prepare for its Class 5A, District 6 opener against Sickles.

"We've got an open date now and can develop into a pretty good team," Turner said. "This win meant everything to our team; we hadn't beaten East Bay in four years."

Chamberlain had trouble with East Bay's eight-man front in the first half but took a 6-3 lead on Manuel Pena's 23-yard field goal on the final play before halftime. The Chiefs changed their blocking scheme and couldn't be stopped.

After East Bay took a 10-6 lead on Calvin McGruder's 2-yard scoring run early in the third quarter, Chamberlain went to work. On the next series, Kylin Robinson set up his 20-yard scoring run with a 65-yard kickoff return to put the Chiefs in front.

East Bay's Michael Verbosky missed a 38-yard field-goal attempt that would have tied it. On the Chiefs' next series, Webb threw a 63-yard touchdown to LaToddric Jenkins.

"Coach told me at halftime I had to step my game up," Webb said. "That's what I did."

Webb completed 9 of 16 passes for 156 yards, 110 after halftime. Robinson rushed for 125 on six carries.

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