Friday, September 2, 2016
Leonardtown High School
Lackey High School
The Lackey Chargers opened the season with a 39-0 victory over the visiting Leonardtown Raiders. It was a total team effort as the Chargers impressed in all three facets of the game. Led by an offensive line that returned all five starters from a year ago, the Chargers carried the ball 24 times for 341 yards on the ground and scored four touchdowns. The defense limited the Raiders to less than 75 yards of total offense, tallying six sacks and forcing four turnovers.
Malik Burns, the Overall Player of the Game, took his first carry Malik took his first varsity carry as a tailback 55 yards to the house. On his 2nd carry of the game on 4th and 8, he went untouched and scampered 45 yards to the end zone. He had 3 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns. In limited action on the defensive side of the ball, he had a sack, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a pass defensed. He also had a 46 yard punt in the 3rd quarter to pin the Raiders inside their own ten.
On the offensive side of the ball, sophomore Robert Middleton continued to build his resume as a varsity football player. After playing running back last year, “Boogie” entered the 2016 season as the starting quarterback. He managed the offense efficiently and effectively, carrying the ball 7 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns.
The defense was led by sophomore standout Dalano Washington. In his first Varsity game, the sophomore made a name for himself on an already talented defensive line. “Big D” led the team with 11 tackles, four of which went for a loss, and recorded a sack and a safety.
Senior Dion Yelder returned a kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown. He had returned an earlier kickoff 75 yards and was named Special Teams Player of the Week. Tre Gulley had an interception, Elijah Lane recovered a fumble, and Dwayne Humphries pounced on a fumble to seal the victory and shutout as time expired in the 4th quarter.