Get­ting re­venge

Lackey shuts out Westlake; Burns rushes for over 200 yards, 3 TDs

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

A sea­son ago, Lackey suf­fered an 18-6 road loss to Westlake, a game it did not for­get com­ing into Fri­day night’s South­ern Maryland Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion con­test.

Be­hind a dom­i­nant de­fense and a solid rush­ing at­tack, the Charg­ers got some re­venge over their Charles County foe, shut­ting out the vis­it­ing Wolver­ines 28-0 in In­dian Head.

Lackey (5-1, 3-0 SMAC Ch­e­sa­peake) has won four straight games, in­clud­ing a 3-0 win over de­fend­ing Class 2A state cham­pion Patux­ent in Week 5 as it looks to so­lid­ify a play­off spot in the 2A South Re­gion after miss­ing a trip to the post­sea­son in 2015.

“Get­ting a big win last week we didn’t want to have a let­down tonight.” Lackey head coach John Lush said. “We beat a tough Westlake team. They gave us all we could han­dle early on and I think we just wore them down.

Lackey stuck to its smash­mouth of­fen­sive style as se­nior Ma­lik Burns con­tin­ued to an­chor the rush­ing at­tack with 223 yards on 21 car­ries and three touch­downs, all in just three quar­ters. As a team, the Charg­ers shed for 319 yards on 41 car­ries, main­tain­ing an av­er­age of over 7 1/2 yards per carry.

Past the half­way point of the sea­son, Burns has rushed well over 1,000 yards and col­lected his third 200-plus yard per­for­mance in four games.

Lackey will be on the road for a 6 p.m. kick­off at Great Mills on Fri­day. The Hor­nets de­feated Leonard­town in Week 6, 24-16.

“It was an­other big win again, ev­ery­one doubted us and we came out on top,” Burns said. “I just have to give it up to the [of­fen­sive] line. They have been con­sis­tent all this sea­son and I couldn’t have done it with­out them.”

After a score­less first quar­ter, Lackey got on the board first when Burns bulled his way for a 30-yard touch­down run just 81 sec­onds into the sec­ond.

PHOTO BY JERRY BALLENGEE

Lackey se­nior run­ning back Ma­lik Burns looks for run­ning room in Fri­day night’s 28-0 win over the vis­it­ing Westlake Wolver­ines in a SMAC Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion foot­ball con­test at Lackey High School in In­dian Head. Burns fin­ished with 223 yards on 21 car­ries and three touch­downs.

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