Lions get it going early, crush Rams
Collins rushes for 144 yards, as QA’s bounces back from tough road loss, moves to 4-1
QA’s 40 — Parkside 14
SALISBURY — After a tough road loss, a big road win is a good cure. That’s what Queen Anne’s County High’s football team prescribed for itself on Monday night.
Five different players rushed for touchdowns as the Lions defeated Parkside, 40-14, at County Stadium. Queen Anne’s is now 4-1.
The Rams stand 3-2, their playoff hopes taking a severe hit with the defeat in a Class 2A East Region packed with four teams boasting better records, including Easton and Queen Anne’s, which have already beaten them.
The Lions scored their first touchdown on their first offensive snap last night.
On first-and-10 from Queen Anne’s 25-yard line, Diondre Collins was hit behind the line a split-second after getting the handoff from Queen Anne’s quarterback Mike D’Angelo. But Collins worked free of his would-be tackler, cut upfield, and dashed 75 yards for a score.
Luke Metrinko’s point-after kick made it 7-0, Queen Anne’s.
Queen Anne’s Chris Crow tackled Parkside’s Terriq Bivens for a safety on third-and-13 from the 2-yard line to make it 9-0. On the ensuing possession, D’Angelo called his own number for a 1-yard scoring run that made it 16-0, with 4 minutes, 38 seconds still showing on the firstquarter clock.
Metrinko banged home a 36-yard field goal as the second period wound down, and the Lions took their halftime break ahead 19-0.
Parkside, with just one first down in the first half, was outgained on the ground by the Lions 18151 at that point; 30 of those yards came on one Bivens
run on the game’s opening drive.
“That first quarter? Oh, man, it was just a big mess,” Rams head coach Brendan Riley said. “We just weren’t doing anything right. We had a big run and were trying to move downfield, and then we had a false-start penalty, that shot us in the foot. And they scored on one play.
“Then on the kickoff, our return guy’s going backand-forth, and got the ball at like the 2-yard line but only returned it to the five, and we got safetied on that,” Riley added. “And then they came down and scored again, and we’re down 16-0 before we even know what’s going on . ... We did a lot better after halftime, but that first quarter, it was just a big mess by us.”
Collins, who led all rushers with 144 yards on 10 carries, provided three more runs for first downs, but it was three other teammates who found the end zone after intermission.
“Diondre Collins is really running well for us,” Lions head coach Donny Graef said. “He does a good job setting up his blocks.
“He looks good. That big touchdown really kind of set the tone for us,” Graef added. “Then we got the safety, so before we knew it, we were up 9-0. I really thought that was telling; it really kind of got us going on the right foot.”
Brandon Hickman’s 6-yard rushing score 3½ minutes into the third quarter made it 26-0, and C.J. Rogers made it 33-0 six game minutes later with a gutty 14-yard run, during which he dragged no fewer than three Parkside defenders with him across the goal line.
Parkside’s offense, which managed just 37 yards of total offense in the third period, took off in the fourth. Nayel Oge, held to 20 yards on six carries through three quarters, began bashing his way through the defense in the fourth. His 53-yard dash up the left sideline four minutes into the fourth made it 33-7 following Justin Ball’s PAT boot.
Oge, who finished night with 142 yards rushing on 14 touches, scored the game’s final touchdown, a 30-yarder with 13.1 seconds left.
Parkside plays at North Caroline on Friday at 6 p.m. Queen Anne’s hosts Easton at 7 p.m.