Lackey 35, Northern 0
Kevin Glascock didn't need any motivation to get ready for Northern, but Lackey still gave its senior linebacker plenty to stir him.
Glascock was repeatedly reminded about the Chargers' humbling regular-season loss to the Patriots last year. He was also told how Lackey had defeated only winless opponents this season. Finally, he was asked to put on a show for Lackey's homecoming crowd.
"After all that, I was just thinking about [this game] all day, all night, all week," Glascock said.
Glascock led a Lackey defensive effort that whitewashed Northern, 35-0, and proved the area's seventh-ranked Chargers' record was not solely the product of four weak opponents.
After rushing for a season-high 274 yards in a 50-0 victory over La Plata last week, Northern (3-2 overall, 3-2 SMAC) was overwhelmed by Lackey's defense from the outset. Lackey (5-0, 5-0) stuffed the Patriots for negative yardage on 18 plays and held them to minus-5 yards rushing on 31 carries. That total included a 64-yard run by A.J. Brown in the third quarter.
Northern quarterback Andrew Athens, who completed a 22-yard pass to Nick Merritt on the Patriots' first offensive play, did not complete another, primarily because Lackey defenders seemed to arrive in the backfield before Athens did. The Chargers sacked him seven times, including three by Kyle McKeown and two by Glascock, who had three other tackles for loss.
"They were really fast," Athens said. "Their defense was awesome with their blitzing. We've got to go back and look at all our plays and get better."
After starting last season 4-0 against similarly weak opponents, Lackey went to Northern and lost soundly to the Patriots, 28-7. Lackey Coach Scott Chadwick said he saw many parallels between this season and last and knew his team needed to come out and play with the same intensity it showed last week when it held Leonardtown to minus-27 rushing yards in a 36-0 victory.
"We played extremely well last week," Chadwick said, "but to do it again against a team as talented as Northern, it's really unbelievable."
It was because Lackey refused to be caught off-guard as it felt it was last season.
"We had a longer scouting report than usual," said Lackey junior quarterback Aaron Smith, who completed 7 of 14 passes for 90 yards and two second-quarter touchdowns, when Lackey took a 27-0 lead. "It was more detailed, more personal with every player. We weren't going to be surprised."
Lackey's defense helped out the offense in the first half, when three drives stalled as a result of a missed field goal and two fumbles inside the Northern 30-yard line.
But senior running back Morgan Green (26 carries, 177 yards), who showed no signs of his nagging hamstring injury, put the Chargers ahead 13-0 early in the second quarter with his second touchdown. After Lackey recovered a fumble at the Northern nine, Smith executed a perfect play-action pass to Jason Murray for an easy touchdown.
Lackey forced another Northern punt and scored 16 seconds before halftime on a soft 11-yard pass from Smith to junior Greg Bowman timing pattern to make it 27-0.
After Glascock stopped Brown for a safety in the third quarter, junior Dante Page forced a running clock early in the fourth quarter, when he returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown.
"After the first few snaps, it just clicked," Glascock said. "Toward the end of the game, when we put in our second [stringers], I didn't want to come out; but I guess enough is enough."