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

Record Observer - - Sports - By DAVID INS­LEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

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.

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