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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.

* Ex­tra Re­bates for Case In­ter­na­tional Own­ers Call for De­tails. Must Qual­ify for all Re­bates.

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