Biggus keeps Lions in playoff hunt
Senior RB erupts for 190 yards rushing, three touchdowns, as Queen Anne’s improves to 3-3
where everybody thought we would be, far from it but... you can see improvement each week. The wins help; it’s like medicine, they practice harder. They’re easier to coach, and the morale builds off of it.” The win was the second straight for the Lions, who began the year 1-3, their lone win a comefrom-behind Week 2 defeat of Easton. Coming into the game after a two-hour bus ride from Centreville, “it was just like, ‘you gotta stay focused on things.’ This game was a must-win. We had to get back rolling again,” Biggus said. “We came in and played that way. We’ve got to keep this up, though. We can’t make the playoffs if we lost any more games.” After an unproductive first drive which was crippled by a holding penalty, the Lions went on defense, and sacked Decatur quarterback Ashten Snelsire twice, forcing a three-and-out. The Lions’ second drive was much more successful. A 12-play, 71-yard surge punctuated by Ryan Muller’s 6-yard run on fourth-and-1, and Biggus’ 2-yard touchdown run. The point-after kick by Garrhett Richardson made it 7-0, with 12 seconds to go in the first quarter. The Lions held the Seahawks to minus-3 first-quarter yards on four plays, and just over two minutes of possession. “We slept almost the whole way down here,” Graef said. “So the kids didn’t seem too nervous. But sometimes, we don’t get off to the best start, and that’s come back to bite us a couple of times.” Decatur’s second possession ended in another punt, after nine yards’ worth of gains on three tries. The Lions scored on their next turn with the ball, but only after a back-to-back offensive penalties nearly killed the drive. A 16-yard run by Biggus on fourth-and-1 from the Decatur 42 was followed
by a holding penalty on a short Muller run from the 26-yard line. The next snap, on first-and-17, went to Muller as well. He cut left and pushed through the secondary, eventually making it to the 7-yard line, but another penalty flag flew in. This time, it was for an illegal block in the back, giving the Lions a first-and-33 from the Decatur 48. Biggus erased the penalties with a slashing run across the grain; he dashed in for a score, and Richardson’s PAT put the guests up 14-0 with exactly five minutes left before halftime. Muller’s 22yard interception return for a score as the first half drew to a close made it 21-0. The Lions outgained Decatur, 197-20, over the first 24 minutes of play. The third Decatur possession after the break, ending in a punt like its two predecessors, set up the Lions at their own 25. But again, Biggus made the distance seem minor, bolting 75 yards for a score and a 27-0 lead. The first PAT try missed low, but a flag against Decatur for roughing the center meant a retry. The second go was blocked, leaving the score at 27-0 with 1:41 left in the third. “I saw Ryan Muller and Donovan (Cruz) blocking,” Biggus said. “They opened up the hole for me, and I saw I had one guy to beat, and got by him, but then I saw two guys had angles on me. I just tried my best to outrun ‘em, and made it.” Early in the fourth, Decatur finally put together a scoring drive. On secondand-12 from his team’s 31, Ashten Snelsire (six carries, 44 yards) cut through traffic, dashed down the left sideline, and picked up 54 yards, putting his team in the red zone for the only time on the night, at the Lions’ 16yard line. Three plays later, Snelsire scored from two yards out to make it 27-7 with 9:43 remaining. The Seahawks recovered an onside kick moments later, but that possession ended in a turnover on downs. Queen Anne’s padded its lead with 3:01 left on a Cruz 5-yard run, followed by a Richardson kick. To prepare for Week 7, Graef and his staff will begin looking at film on James M. Bennett, the Lions’ next opponent. The Clippers (5-1) defeated Parkside, 21-7, on Friday night to improve to 5-1 on the season. The teams kick off at noon Oct. 13 at Bennett. “I’ve got a bunch of film on them,” Graef said, “but I haven’t watched any. Not one bit... I don’t want to mess with the football gods. I take it one team at a time. “I know their running back’s really good, and they’ve got some kids back from last year,” Graef added. “We’ve got to play a very good game to have a chance in that one.” Follow me on Twitter:
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Queen Anne’s County quarterback SyRus McGowan (6) runs a sweep to the right, with blocking from two teammates, Friday night at Stephen Decatur High in Berlin. QA won the game, 34-7, to improve to 3-3.