Burns, Lackey too much for McDonough Rams

Se­nior rushes for 295 yards, 5 TDs in win

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@ somd­news. com Twit­ter: tblack­somds1

Lackey cruised to a 41- 6 vic­tory over McDonough in a Southern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion con­test Fri­day night be­hind a stel­lar ground game led by se­nior Ma­lik Burns and a stingy de­fense.

The Charg­ers rush­ing at­tack col­lected 355 yards on 35 at­tempts, with Burns car­ry­ing 19 times for 295 yards and five touch­downs.

“He’s re­ally de­vel­oped into a special player,” Lackey head coach John Lush said of Burns. “He opened the game with an 85- yard touch­down run on the very first play and that set the tone for the rest of the game. Our of­fen­sive line has been do­ing a great job all sea­son and when Ma­lik hits the holes he’s re­ally tough to bring down in the open field.”

McDonough head coach first- year Jonathan Briscoe had gained re­spect for Burns watch­ing the Charg­ers run­ning back on film, but he got an added mea­sure of awe when watch­ing Burns com­pete at ground level.

“He’s a big, strong, fast kid,” Briscoe said. “We knew he was go­ing to be tough to de­fend, but see­ing him in per­son brings a whole new di­men­sion. Once he gets rolling, he’s tough to bring down. But Lackey is a re­ally, re­ally good team and they’re well- coached. We were not sur­prised, but it showed us what we have to do to get to where they are.”

Lackey ( 7- 1, 4- 0 SMAC Ch­e­sa­peake) will travel to La Plata for a 7 p. m. con­test Fri­day, but Lush is hardly view­ing the game with the War­riors as a cinch. La Plata ( 2- 6, 0- 4) gave West­lake a tus­sle in Week 8 be­fore even­tu­ally fall­ing 32- 29.

“Look­ing at them on film is a lot dif­fer­ent than look­ing at them on pa­per,” Lush said. “[ La Plata head] coach [ Rod] Mil­stead re­ally has those guys play­ing well and buy­ing into what he wants to do. They’re a much im­proved team and they’re of­fense, es­pe­cially with all of the passes they like to throw, is dif­fer­ent from what we see most weeks and it’s go­ing to be dif­fi­fi­fi­cult to de­fend.”

Lackey will main­tain its un­pre­ten­tious of­fen­sive ap­proach and look to get Burns am­ple car­ries be­tween the tack­les. The Charg­ers run­ning back has rushed for 1,749 yards and 19 touch­downs through the first eight games and el­e­vated Lush’s ex­pec­ta­tions of the pre­miere back.

“When we started the sea­son, we wanted to have a 1,000- yard rusher,” Lush said. “Then we wanted to have a 1,500- yard run­ner. Now, we want him to get to 2,000 yards. That’s just how high he’s set the bar.”

Burns scored two touch­downs in the first quar­ter fol­lowed by two more in the se­cond and another in the third.

He had an 85- yard run for a touch­down to be­gin the scor­ing just 1: 17 into the con­test.

Burns’ two se­cond- quar­ter scores came just 2 1/ 2 min­utes apart early in the pe­riod and Lackey led 35- 0 at halftime. And his night was capped with a 45- yard jaunt 3: 15 in the third to make it 41- 0.

McDonough ( 1- 7, 0- 5) broke up the shutout late in the fourth.

The Rams will be at North­ern for a 7 p. m. Fri­day kick­off ver­sus a Pa­tri­ots squad that was shut out by St. Charles in Week 8, 14- 0.

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