Lions rout the Trojans
Queen Anne’s puts an end to two-year swoon against local rivals
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
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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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.
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).