Lions rout the Tro­jans

Queen Anne’s puts an end to two-year swoon against lo­cal ri­vals

Record Observer - - Sports - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

QA’s 58 — Kent County 14

CEN­TRE­VILLE — No turnovers, solid play on of­fense, de­fense and spe­cial teams, com­bined with a self-de­struc­tive op­po­nent, meant an en­joy­able start of the La­bor Day week­end for the Lions.

Quar­ter­back Mike D’An­gelo passed for 104 yards and a touch­down and ran for 83 yards and two TDs to lead a bal­anced at­tack for Queen Anne’s County High’s foot­ball team Fri­day evening in front of a large crowd at Lions Sta­dium.

Eight dif­fer­ent play­ers scored points for the Lions in a dom­i­nat­ing 58-14 vic­tory over Kent County in the sea­son-opener for both teams.

“Last year we played them, we had five turnovers,” Lions head coach Donny Graef said. “This year, we didn’t have any; that’s a plus. I thought it was an over­all team ef­fort. The de­fense played re­ally well. Of­fense played well at times, spe­cial teams, a to­tal team ef­fort.”

The Tro­jans, who had beaten Queen Anne’s the last two sea­sons, fell apart with per­sonal foul penal­ties and bad snaps on punts.

Their de­feat was com­pounded when se­nior stand­out Mar­c­quan Greene was ejected in the fourth quar­ter for a fla­grant foul on a

ma­li­cious tackle.

Greene also was flagged for un­sports­man­like con­duct after his sec­ond carry of the evening — a 10-yard gain nul­li­fied, along with a promis­ing start for Kent.

Two plays later, D’An­gelo faked a hand­off and weaved his way through the mid­dle of Kent’s de­fense for a 49-yard touch­down run to be­gin a string of 37 unan­swered points for the Lions.

With the goal line closer be­cause of a Tro­jans en­croach­ment penalty, Queen Anne’s chose to go for two points after D’An­gelo’s TD and Jykel Garner ran the ball in for an 8-0 lead with 7 min­utes, 8 sec­onds left in the first quar­ter.

After Greene’s first penalty, the Tro­jans punted, and they did that five more times be­fore scor­ing late in the sec­ond half.

“Our D-line I thought played lights out, not just the three that started, but it was ac­tu­ally five that we ro­tated in. They had an awe­some game,” Lions de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Al Wa­ters said.

The Lions’ of­fen­sive line also pro­tected D’An­gelo well and opened run­ning room.

“It all comes down to the O line,” D’An­gelo said. “They blocked very well this game. I scored two rush­ing touch­downs and I give all the credit to my O-line, es­pe­cially Chuckie Lansinge, my pulling guard. … I was very com­fort­able [in the pocket]. Kent’s sec­ondary is a very good unit, ver y ath­letic. Re­ceivers weren’t get­ting open on some plays but the O-line did a great job pass block­ing and I had room to run.”

D’An­gelo dropped back, rolled left, and con­nected with Wy­att Pin­der for a 45yard toss to set up Queen Anne’s sec­ond TD. A per­sonal foul pushed the Lions back 15 yards, but Garner took a pitch right and picked up 21 yards to the Tro­jans’ 3. He then car­ried the ball off left tackle into the end zone. Luke Metrinko added the first of his six ex­tra-point kicks for a 14-0 lead with 1:22 left in the first quar­ter.

A bad snap on a punt gave the Lions pos­ses­sion on Kent County’s 7-yard line to open their next pos­ses­sion. C.J. Rogers bounced in from 4 yards out to make it 20-0. An­other er­rant snap on a punt gave the Lions a safety and a 23-0 lead with 9:12 left in the first half.

A four-play drive from Kent County’s 45 put the Lions up 30-0 with 7:06 re­main­ing in the half; Rogers gained 38 yards on two coun­ters. D’An­gelo capped the drive with a 3-yard run to the right after fak­ing an in­side run.

D’An­gelo later con­nected with Tyler Bon­ner on a fly pat­tern for a 39-yard touch­down with 1:22 left in the first half.

Greene fi­nally gave the Tro­jans some points when he broke tack­les in the mid­dle of Queen Anne’s de­fense for a 59-yard TD run with 19 sec­onds left in the half.

The Tro­jans also pro­duced a touch­down on their first pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond half. Quar­ter­back Tyson John­son hit Dashawn Lis­ter for a 38-yard pass re­cep­tion and Tre Wright caught a quick pass and found run­ning room for a 29-yard TD. Don­nie For­gan then kicked the sec­ond of his two ex­tra-points to cut the Lions’ lead to 37-14.

But any thoughts of an amaz­ing Kent County come­back ended when Queen Anne’s re­sponded with the longest scor­ing drive of the game.

Start­ing from their 35, the Lions used nine plays to in­crease their lead to 4414. Garner capped the drive by fol­low­ing block­ers for a one-yard TD carry to the right side of the Tro­jans’ de­fense.

Queen Anne’s Chris Crow scored with a 68-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn put the clock in mo­tion for the rest of the sec­ond half. Gar­rett Bowen also in­ter­cepted a pass and was gain­ing yardage when he was loudly met by Greene near the home side­line. Due to his ejec­tion and ac­cord­ing to Bay­side Con­fer­ence rules, Greene will not be el­i­gi­ble to play when the Tro­jans host Wash­ing­ton next Fri­day.

Lions re­serve quar­ter­back Pat Free­man con­nected with Brandon Hick­man on a 20-yard pass for the fi­nal touch­down.

Graef said he had spo­ken to his team about the Tro­jans’ re­cent suc­cess against them. “We brought it to their at­ten­tion. It’s tough when you lose the opener and then you have to start sweat­ing it out week after week after week this early in the sea­son,” he said. “So now you’ve got a lit­tle bit of lee­way room and you can get ready for next week with a good at­ti­tude.”

The Lions host James M. Ben­nett tonight.

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PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Queen Anne’s run­ning back C.J. Rogers car­ries the ball into the end zone for a sec­ond-quar­ter touch­down against Kent County, last Fri­day evening at Lions Sta­dium.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Queen Anne’s de­fen­sive front rests in be­tween plays against Kent County in the sea­son-opener for both teams last Fri­day at Lions Sta­dium. From left are Jor­dan Wilmer (18), Gar­rett Deese (65), Chuckie Lansinger (75), and Jor­dan Wa­ters (64).

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