La Plata foot­ball falls to Patux­ent

War­riors at 1-3 af­ter loss to un­beaten Pan­thers

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­ Twit­ter: tblack­somds1

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.

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