Starring: FB-LB Manny Dyson, RB Martin Queen, LB-TE Manny Leon

Directed By: Glenn Jones (sixth season)

WHAT'S THE PLOT? The only 2A school in the SMAC has its sights set on avenging last season's disappointing finish.

Lackey, the smallest school in the league, takes pride in its reputation as a hard-hitting, smash-mouth football team. But in '98, the Chargers struggled to win the close ones, dropping two games by just one point and three more by a touchdown or less. This season, they return six starters on offense, led by Queen (5-10, 165), a speedy junior with breakaway speed. Queen, Chris Bradley and James Rosier will rotate at tailback, wide receiver and as members of Lackey's secondary unit. The key for the Chargers will be finding a player who can spell the first-string offensive players and also start on defense -- a difficult task for a team that will carry just 28 varsity players. Junior QB Ryan Grant, the team's backup last season, will start behind an offensive line that is big and experienced. And he may need the time; Jones has described Grant as a very smart quarterback, but admits that he lacks sufficient speed to roll out of the pocket too often. Lackey needed only to replace one starter on the offensive line, which features veterans Walter Carroll (6-0, 220), Jason Dean (6-2, 220), Jimmy Dunkle (6-1, 280) and Jeremy Sanford (5-11, 190). The newcomer? Keith McGraw, a 6-foot, 215-pounder who Jones said might be the best athlete coming up from last year's junior varsity, and who likely will fill one of the guard spots. Both of the team's tight ends -- Leon (6-1, 190) and James Thompson (6-4, 210) -- also return. Dyson (5-10, 185) and Thompson are the team's top linebackers.

1999 Show Times

Sept. 4 at Gwynn Park 1:30

Sept. 11 WESTLAKE 7:30

Sept. 17 at Leonardtown 7:30

Sept. 24 CENTRAL 7:30

Oct. 1 CALVERT 7:30

Oct. 8 at McDonough 7:30

Oct. 15 GREAT MILLS 7:30

Oct. 22 at Thomas Stone 7:30

Oct. 29 at Chopticon 7:30

Nov. 5 LA PLATA 7:30

1998 in Review

Last Year's Record: 3-7 (2-7, ninth in SMAC)

Game-by-Game Results

22 Gwynn Park 0

30 Thomas Stone 33

12 Leonardtown 13

9 McDonough 7

14 Chopticon 21

6 Westlake 28

0 Northern 13

20 Calvert 21

6 La Plata 12

31 Great Mills 6