One proves just enough for Q. Anne’s
Shade’s goal 10 minutes in is difference in clash with Colonel Richardson
Queen Anne’s 1 — CR 0
CENTREVILLE — Coming off a dominating win against border rival Kent County in their season opener, the Lions didn’t have any letup in Week Two against James M. Bennett.
Queen Anne’s County High’s football team scored 29 points in the first quarter Friday evening on its way to a 39-3 victory. The Lions scored all their points in the first half and the second half resembled a scrimmage with both teams substituting liberally during a running clock.
“Coming back after the win last week and ready to play hard,” Lions head coach Donny Graef said. “Offensive line and defensive line, that’s the strength of our team and they played really well. The backs ran hard. We have a lot of good backs and they all got a lot of playing time, and the quarterback keeps everybody honest by throwing the ball so well.”
The only noticeable hiccups in Queen Anne’s performance were three turnovers and yardage allowed on kick returns.
The Lions scored on their first four possessions and only needed four plays to score their first two touchdowns.
Brandon Hickman (4 carries, 98 yards) found a hole off left tackle and raced through the middle of the defense for a 61-yard gain during the game’s first possession. CJ Rogers (3 carries, 64 yards) swept left untouched for a 9-yard touchdown run on the next play. After a Bennett penalty, quarterback Mike D’Angelo followed blockers into the end zone for two points and an 8-0 Lions lead.
The Clippers put together their longest drive of the game on the next possession, but stalled when Lions linebacker Trent Riggs tackled Donte Cornish behind the line on a fourth-and-3 at the Queen Anne’s 36.
Queen Anne’s scored on the next play. Rogers took a counter left, found plenty of running room, and bolted along the sideline for
a 63-yard TD run. Luke Metrinko kicked his first of four extra-points to put the Lions up 15-0 with 5 minutes, 47 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Clippers lost a yard on three plays and punted on their next possession. Queen Anne’s then used five plays to find the end zone again. D’Angelo connected with Wyatt Pinder for a 48-yard pass reception to open the drive. Jykel Garner capped the drive with an 11-yard run, spinning to avoid a defender at the five.
Bennett fumbled away the ball on the ensuing kickoff return as Queen Anne’s Diondre Collins poked the ball free. Six plays later the Lions were in the end zone again. On a third-and-15, D’Angelo passed to Tyler Bonner in the middle of the field and he dodged a defender and scored for a 29-0 lead as the quarter ended.
The Lions added seven more points with 5:03 left in the second quarter. D’Angelo faked an inside handoff, found a hole in the middle of the Clippers’ defense, and sprinted toward the left pylon, outracing Bennett’s pursuit, to make it 35-0. Metrinko tackekd on the point-after kick.
Metrinko added a 25-yard field goal at the end of the half to complete the Lions’ scoring. Queen Anne’s secondstring quarterback Pat Freeman was 3 for 3 for 33 yards during the 67-yard drive.
The Lions’ domination ended with the influx of reserves in a rapid second half. Bennett placekicker Steve Oscar kicked a 46-yard field goal on the last play of the game to account for the only scoring in the half.
Queen Anne’s defense held Bennett to just 62 yards of offense, most of that coming on a 45-yard carry by Elijah Snead that led to Oscar’s field goal.
The Lions’ dominating line play included the efforts of senior center/defensive tackle Jordan Waters.
“He’s a three-year starter for us,” Graef said. “You take somebody like him for granted because everything comes so easy with him at center. But you can kind of see what happens when we changed in the second half. With a different offensive line in there, all of a sudden it’s back to reality. We don’t mean to take him for granted but it’s easy to do because he makes everything so much easier for us.”
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Colonel Richardson goalkeeper Remy Mangum awaits a shot on goal by Queen Anne’s Josh Ratell (17) in the first half Monday evening at Lions Stadium.