Lackey runs past Stone
Chargers rack up over 350 yards on ground in win over Cougars
After turning the ball over on each of its first two possessions, the Lackey High School football team did a much better controlling the pigskin over the next three quarters en route to a 23-7 victory over visiting Thomas Stone in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Chesapeake Division contest on Friday night.
Lackey (3-1, 1-0 SMAC Chesapeake) dominated the line of scrimmage throughout much of the contest and that was reflected in its punishing ground game. Malik Burns carried 25 times for 227 yards and as the hosts collected 366 yards on 50 carries. Two long Chargers drives actually failed to produce points, but proved effective nevertheless.
“It all comes down to the [offensive] line,” Burns said. “They did a great job blocking and I just followed them. It all starts with them. All the accolades I get starts with them. They do all the work. I just want to produce for my team. Whatever I do on the field, honestly, I do for my team.”
Burns did a great deal for the Chargers and his carries accounted for only one-half of the team’s attempts. But throughout the second quarter and well into the second half, Burns delivered the most punishing blows as he virtually plowed through or ran over potential tacklers.
“They probably outweighed us by 50 pounds a man across the line,” Stone first-year head coach Danny Ripple said. “With that in mind, I thought my guys fought hard the whole game. It was a typical Southern Maryland Athletic Conference game, just like I became accustomed to during my years as an assistant coach at Calvert.
Lackey owned an advantage at the line of scrimmage from the outset, but its dominance up front was not reflected until late in the second quarter. The Chargers turned the ball over on their first
play from scrimmage then their second drive reached the Cougars red zone before Khyree Hart fumbled near the Stone 5-yard line.
Lackey finally got on the board late in the second quarter when it marched 80 yards in 13 plays. On fourth down and 13 from the Cougars 25, Chargers quarterback Wesley Johnson connected with junior wide receiver Myles Ingram for a 25-yard scoring strike and Brett Culhane added the extra point.
Lackey then successfully converted an onsides kick when Culhane’s bouncer was fielded by Tevin Thomas at the Cougars 41. On first down, Johnson found Thomas for 31 yards and Culhane ended the half with a 20-yard field goal to extend the Chargers lead to 10-0.
Stone (1-3, 0-1) crossed midfield on its first possession of the third quarter before turning the ball over on downs and Lackey countered with another 13-play drive that lasted over seven minutes but failed to produce any points. The Chargers, however, took their 10-0 lead into the fourth quarter.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Stone quarterback Jonathan Harris connected with Delonta Nunnally on a 55-yard pass that enabled the Cougars to reach the Chargers red zone. Stone reached the Lackey 8 before turning the ball over on downs.
Lackey then countered with a nine-play, 92-yard drive that gave it a 17-0 lead and virtually sealed the verdict. Mason Galloway ran once for 28 yards and Burns finished the drive with a 41-yard scoring run up the middle. Culhane added the extra point for the second time.
Stone recovered a Lackey squib kick near midfield and it needed only five plays to finally reach paydirt. Harris ran once for 11 yards and later connected with Taejon Gray on an 18-yard scoring strike to trim the deficit to 17-7. Lackey answered by going 62 yards on only five plays as Burns scored from 22 yards out up the middle.
“I thought our guys did a great job of executing up front,” said Lackey head coach John Lush, whose team will travel to defending Class 2A state champion Patuxent for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday. The Panthers defeated La Plata — which plays at Stone at 7 p.m. Friday — in Week 4, 55-7. “Malik had a really good game. He’s big and he’s strong and he’s fast and he’s tough to tackle in the open field. We’ll have our work cut out for us this week in practice.”
Lackey and Thomas Stone fight for a loose ball following an onsides kick attempt by Lackey in the second quarter. The Chargers recovered the ball and added a field goal on the last play of the first half to take a 10-0 lead en route to a 23-7 victory.