On the ensuing possession, Westlake had its longest drive of the game, marching 71 yards on 14 plays in eight minutes, but it was halted as Marcus Marbray missed a 35-yard field goal with 2:46 remaining in first half.
“The missed field goal energized us and the fact that they didn’t get any points was demoralizing on their part and we ended up getting a nice drive off the that,” Lush said.
Lackey responded on an 80yard drive on just four plays that was capped by a 44-yard touchdown scamper by Burns with 31.5 seconds left in the half, giving it the eventual 14-0 halftime lead. Junior quarterback Wesley Johnson, who completed just 2 of 3 passes for 29 yards, spurred the drive with a 21-yard reception to Carl Jones Jr. with 44 seconds remaining.
Midway in the third quarter, Lackey drove to the Westlake 38-yard line but fumbled the ball away as Johnson was hit on a throwing attempt.
Westlake senior quarterback Chad Palmer responded with a 48-yard pass to junior Jordan Brumfield (2 catches, 52 yards), putting the Wolverines at the Lackey 1 on a first down and goal, but senior running back Malik Opiyo fumbled and Lackey recovered with 4:42 left.
“We were able to move the football on that long drive, but we did have a penalty that stalled it,” Westlake head coach Tony Zaccarelli said. His team will host Thomas Stone at 7 p.m. Friday against a Cougars team that defeated McDonough in Week 6, 33-20. “We controlled the ball offensively, we just couldn’t stick it in. Burns ran hard and the plan was to make him run east, west. When he goes forward he is tough to bring down and that wore on our guys.”
Lackey then took a 21-0 lead when Burns rumbled through the Westlake defense for an 81-yard touchdown run with 37.3 seconds left, capping off a 6-play, 99-yard drive.
After Westlake turned the ball over on downs to end the third, Lackey started at the Wolverines’ 31. Four plays later, Khyree Hart threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to De’montae Owens to cap off the game’s scoring.
Westlake (4-2, 1-1) collected just 130 rushing yards on 35 carries, just over 3 1/2 yards per carry, with nine first downs, but the Lackey defense was able to keep it out of the end zone.
“We came out here and did our job, followed the assignments and Westlake couldn’t get anything going on us,” said Lackey defensive tackle Julian Lyons, who had six tackles and a forced fumble in the game. “We are striving for the playoffs and want to go to states, we all are. If we keep playing like this we will succeed.”
Westlake junior Jordan Brumfield looks for running room behind lead blocker Diondre Greer on Friday night in a SMAC Chesapeake Division contest at Lackey High School. Brumfield had two receptions for 52 yards in the game, a 28-0 win by the Chargers.
Lackey junior quarterback Wesley Johnson rolls out to survey the field in Friday night’s 28-0 win over visiting Westlake in a SMAC Chesapeake Division football game. Johnson completed 2 of 3 passes for 29 yards in the contest.