Lackey, Stone, West­lake win on the grid­iron

Puts up 256 yards on ground as Lackey foot­ball rushes to a win

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Dur­ing the off­sea­son, Lackey head foot­ball coach John Lush and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Ji­mari Jones talked about hav­ing a big and pow­er­ful run­ning back.

Thus far in the 2016 season, their thoughts has come into fruition as Ma­lik Burns has been the an­swer to the Charg­ers’ back­field.

For the third week in a row, the se­nior back rushed for more than 100-plus yards as he fin­ished with 256 yards on 20 car­ries and four touch­downs in Fri­day night’s 35-6 win over the visit­ing St. Charles Spar­tans in In­dian Head in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence non­di­vi­sion foot­ball con­test.

Burns, who did not play in the fourth quar­ter, led a Lackey ground at­tack that ran for 436 yards on 53 yards and all five touch­downs scored in the con­test. Much of the Charg­ers’ suc­cess against the Spar­tans de­fense came in big yardage up the mid­dle or off tackle.

“I give it up to the O-line. They have been work­ing the hard­est and it all starts with the front five,” Burns said. “We are fo­cused, this is the team that we re­ally are. Last week in the [41-18 loss to host North Point] we didn’t play to our full po­ten­tial.”

Burns put Lackey (2-1 over­all) on the board 1 minute 38 sec­onds into the game on a 21-yard touch­down run, cap­ping a 4-play, 56 yard drive.

He then scam­pered for a 66-yard run to the end zone in the first 49 sec­onds of the sec­ond quar­ter and added a 45-yard touch­down with 4:06 left in the first half, giv­ing the Charg­ers the even­tual 21-0 half­time lead.

“We were look­ing for some­one to hand the ball off to that was big and so far Ma­lik looks good,” Lush said. “He’s never played run­ning back be­fore and he’s get­ting bet­ter each week. He is learn­ing on the fly and I ex­pect him to con­tinue to run well for us.”

St. Charles (1-2) scored its lone touch­down early in the third quar­ter when se­nior quar­ter­back Mar­lon Brown found se­nior run­ning back Al­pha Barry on a 10-yard touch­down pass.

Brown com­pleted 10 of 18 passes for 97 yards in the game.

Burns later scored his fourth touch­down of the night on a 16-yard jaunt to the end zone to push the Charg­ers lead to 28-6 after three.

Se­nior speed­ster Tre Gul­ley added a 16-yard rush­ing touch­down late in the fourth for Lackey.

Lackey was miss­ing three starters on Fri­day, all stem­ming from in­juries suf­fered in the North Point loss. Sopho­more start­ing quar­ter­back Robert Mid­dle­ton frac­tured his right foot and ju­nior de­fen­sive line­man Julian Lyons sprained his right shoul­der. There are no timeta­bles on when their re­turn as of press time, while se­nior wide re­ceiver/re­turn spe­cial­ist Dion Yelder is out for the season with a bro­ken right foot.

The Lackey de­fense forced St. Charles to punt five times, in­clud­ing on its first four pos­ses­sions and turn the ball over on three drives.

“We were very un­suc­cess­ful in terms of stop­ping their mo­men­tum in the run game,” St. Charles head coach Avery Wil­liams said. “They gashed us pretty good at the line of scrim­mage. My hats are off to that team, they work hard. We talk about im­prov­ing every week, so we are go­ing to go back to the draw­ing board, make ad­just­ments and put our best foot for­ward next Fri­day night.”

Lackey sopho­more line­backer Kam Adams re­cov­ered a fum­ble that halted a Spar­tans drive late in the third quar­ter.

“We had a tough loss last week, but we had a bounce back win,” said Adams, who had eight tack­les and a sack. “We have a bend but don’t break de­fense. I have all the trust in the world with my brothers on the ‘D’ and tonight we came to play.”

Lackey will host county foe Thomas Stone for its home­com­ing at 7 p.m. Fri­day. Stone de­feated Leonard­town in Week 3, 41-16. St. Charles will host Chop­ti­con at 7 p.m. against a Braves that is still un­de­feated after a 27-6 win in Week 3 at McDonough.

PHOTO BY JERRY BALLENGEE

Lackey se­nior run­ning back Ma­lik Burns, left, re­ceives the hand­off from ju­nior quar­ter­back Wes­ley John­son in Fri­day night’s 35-6 win over the St. Charles Spar­tans in a SMAC non­di­vi­sion foot­ball con­test. Burns fin­ished with 256 yards on 20 car­ries and four touch­downs in the con­test.

PHOTO BY JERRY BALLENGEE

St. Charles se­nior quar­ter­back Mar­lon Brown scram­bles for run­ning room in Fri­day night’s 35-6 loss to the Lackey Charg­ers in a SMAC non­di­vi­sion foot­ball con­test in In­dian Head. Brown com­pleted 10 of 18 passes for 97 yards in the game.

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