Lackey runs past Stone

Charg­ers rack up over 350 yards on ground in win over Cougars

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

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.”

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

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.

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