Lions erase early deficit vs. War­riors, reach 2-0

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Sports -

night’s 27-10 loss to the Lions at War­rior Sta­dium.

War­rior se­nior quar­ter­back Mason Led­ford, who passed for over 2,000 yards last sea­son and tossed a ca­reer-high five touch­down passes in last week’s sea­son-open­ing rout of Wash­ing­ton, suf­fered a sea­so­nend­ing leg in­jury on the game’s third play from scrim­mage and was taken by am­bu­lance to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Eas­ton.

Se­nior run­ning back Con­nor But­ler, who rushed for a game-high 121 yards on 17 car­ries, suf­fered an in­jury to his col­lar­bone dur­ing a late, fourth-quar­ter run, and could be lost for an ex­tended pe­riod of time, pos­si­bly even the re­main­der of the sea­son. Eas­ton also lost se­nior wide re­ceiver Ryan Farr to an ap­par­ent sprained an­kle that left him on crutches by game’s end.

Grif­fith did not know the sever­ity of the in­juries to But­ler and Farr im­me­di­ately af­ter the game, but was on the field as Led­ford’s left leg and an­kle were be­ing treated by med­i­cal per­son­nel.

“First off, be­cause I love Mason, and the kid he is, I never want to see any of my kids go through that,” said Grif­fith, who watched his quar­ter­back get hurt com­ing through the mid­dle of the line on a third-down run­ning play. “He’s just one of them kids you just want to wish the best for be­cause he’s a great kid.

“To see my other play­ers with the hurt in their eyes be­cause they saw their buddy go down … Un­for­tu­nately, when you’ve done this as long as I have you see a lot of this stuff,” Grif­fith con­tin­ued. “You find out a lot about who your play­ers are and how they re­spond. And I’ll tell you what, I wouldn’t want to be any­where else. I’ll go to any game and we’ll go fight any­body.”

Af­ter Led­ford was taken off the field, Eas­ton (11) punted. Queen Anne’s drove 57 yards on nine run­ning plays, the last a 7-yard scor­ing run by Colin Jens with a shade over 6 min­utes left in the first quar­ter.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Kent Is­land’s Ryan Knaggs, cen­ter, to­taled 16 goals and 12 as­sists last sea­son while earn­ing all-state hon­or­able men­tion hon­ors.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

Queen Anne’s Colin Jens (24) car­ried 9 times for 73 yards and a touch­down dur­ing Fri­day night’s 27-10 vic­tory over Eas­ton.

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