Lackey’s first-half blitz spotted the Chargers to a 21-0 lead, most of which would hold up for the rest of the game, in a 21-7 win over Allegany in the season opener for both teams Friday at David Anderson Memorial Stadium.
Running back Jonathan Thompson scored two touchdowns for the Chargers while rushing for 79 yards on 11 carries. Junior quarterback Russell Echard found wide receiver Yasir Holmes for a 50-yard TD strike for the Chargers and finished the game 11-15 for 191 yards . Holmes had 6 catches for 127 yards and was named the overall player of the game.
Lackey got the ball on its second possession and needed 11 plays to take advantage of the early field position to drive 48 yards for the first score. A completion from Echard to Peter Claud was a big play on the drive on a fourth-and-eight to put the ball on the Allegany 30 yard line.
Mikah Segar’s kick made it 7-0.
The Campers picked up two first downs on their next possession and took the ball out to their 46, but were forced to punt. After offsetting penalties, the Chargers took over at their 27 early in the second quarter and did not allow their own penalties or fourth downs to stand in their way.
Echard hit Kyle Morgan for 12 yards on the first play, and then Thompson gained 11 on the second play. Three penalties and three plays later, Echard picked up another first down on fourth down with a 15-yard QB draw to put the ball on the Allegany 31. Then after two more holding penalties pushed the ball back to midfield, Echard rolled and found Holmes, who made a leaping grab between two defenders, then turned around to complete the 50-yard TD play to put Lackey ahead, 13-0.
Allegany was then forced into a three-and-out punt and the Chargers took over at the Allegany 42. On second down, Echard kept again and burst for a 30-yard gain to the Campers 12. Then, after yet another penalty on Lackey, Thompson took it in from five yards out for the third Chargers touchdown, and then Dequan Gravely ran for the two-point conversion to make it 21-0.
Senior linebacker Cameron Stuart was a force on defense, leading the chargers with 12 tackles while JaQuan Cobey had 11 tackles, 3 of which were for loss. Mikah Seger was a game changer for the special teams units, having three touchbacks and a 65 yard punt to pin the Campers deep on their opening possession.
The Chargers travel to Chopticon in a battle of unbeaten teams next Friday, September 13th at 6:00.
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