Lions erase early deficit vs. Warriors, reach 2-0
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.
Kent Island’s Ryan Knaggs, center, totaled 16 goals and 12 assists last season while earning all-state honorable mention honors.
Queen Anne’s Colin Jens (24) carried 9 times for 73 yards and a touchdown during Friday night’s 27-10 victory over Easton.