La Plata football falls to Patuxent
Warriors at 1-3 after loss to unbeaten Panthers
The defending Class 2A state champion Patuxent High School football team remained unbeaten on the season with a 55-7 victory over La Plata, a team that is still in the rebuilding process under second-year head coach Rod Milstead, in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Chesapeake Division contest on Friday night.
Patuxent (4-0, 1-0 SMAC Chesapeake) scored the first three touchdowns on the game for a 21-0 lead and eventually scored the last three touchdowns of the contest in the second half as the Panthers balanced offense netted over 500 yards. Reese Crounse connected on 15 of 17 passes for 301 yards and four touchdowns, while the running game collected 216 yards on 26 attempts.
“Overall, I thought we were able to stay balanced,” Patuxent head coach Steve Crounse said. “I thought Reese did a good job making plays and keeping us balanced. We have been playing really well top start the season, but there’s still a long way to go. La Plata is definitely improving. Rod is doing a good job over there and I expect he’ll will get things turned around.”
Milstead, a Lackey High School graduate who was a member of its 1986 state football championship team and later garnered a Super Bowl ring while playing the San Francisco 49ers, is now in his second season at the helm and has already seen an increase in participation. The Warriors (1-3, 0-1) went winless in his first campaign, but they already own one victory this year courtesy of a 53-38 triumph over Leonardtown in Week 2.
“Patuxent is definitely one of the marquee programs in the state,” Milstead said. “Where they are right now is where we want to be in the future. Like [former NFL head coach] Dick Vermeil once said, ‘It takes three years to turn a program around.’ I have definitely seen the improvements in our second year, but we still have a long way to go to get where we want to be.”
Patuxent opened the scoring with a 5-yard run by Tazman Davis (9 carries, 128 yards, 2 touchdowns) and before the first quarter ended Jaelen Gross added another 5-yard scoring run to extend the Panthers’ lead to 14-0. Early in the second quarter, Crounse connected with Daquan Holloway on a 8-yard strike to extend the Patuxent lead to 21-0.
Midway through the second quarter, La Plata countered with its lone score of the evening to end the Panthers’ bid for a shutout when Tyler Getgen plunged forward from one yard out. But the Panthers answered before the intermission when Crounse found Vonnie Watkins for a 30-yard scoring strike and then hit Myron Young II for another score to extend the Patuxent lead to 35-7 at halftime.
Patuxent added two touchdowns in the third quarter and the entire fourth quarter was played under a running clock. Davis capped the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 35-yard run.
The Panthers will host Lackey at 7 p.m. Friday. The Chargers defeated Thomas Stone in Week 4, 23-7. La Plata will be at Thomas Stone at 7 p.m. Friday.