One proves just enough for Q. Anne’s

Shade’s goal 10 min­utes in is dif­fer­ence in clash with Colonel Richard­son

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

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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PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

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.

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