away after leading only 7-0 at the break. Cruz took the bulk of the carries for the Lions, the junior tailback finishing with 107 yards on 17 runs, part of 337 yards on 48 carries for Queen Anne’s.
“Offensive line really woke up in the second half,” Biggus said. “Really, the credit is all to them, they were blocking really well. Donovan Cruz, a match was just lit in him, he was on fire. Everybody really just woke for real, that’s what it was.”
The Lions’ defense, outside of a handful of big gains by the Clippers, was stout. Queen Anne’s allowed only 12 yards on 17 plays from scrimmage in the first half, and never did venture into the red zone. A Takai Davis catch-and-run from Joey Blake for a 47-yard TD to open the second half accounted for Bennett’s only score; the score arrived on a third-and-22 play up the middle, the speedy Davis racing into the end zone.
The Clippers totaled only 169 yards offense, with standout running back Diondre Carter tallying only 61 on 13 handoffs.
“Our focus was on setting the edge as corners,” junior Lions defender Ryan Muller said. “That was one of our biggest negatives, the deep balls as well.”
Added Graef of his defensive coordinator: “It’s all Al Waters, he did a great job with them. Secondary played well, we knew they had some weapons, and they really did, they played well.”
The Lions’ first TD came on the game’s opening drive, a 15play, 77-yard, 7½-minute venture that set the tone early. Freshman quarterback SyRus McGowan capped the possession with a 4-yard keeper, and kicker Jake Ascione split the uprights for the point-after; Ascione went 4-for-4 on PATs.
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