It hasn't been a pleasant three weeks for Largo and No. 11 High Point didn't figure to ease matters much for them last night either.
High Point built a three touchdown lead and then held on in the blustery cold to win their Prince George's 4A game, 19-6, at Largo.
High Point remained a game behind league front-runner Oxon Hill in improving to 7-1, 6-1 in the league. Largo, which won its first five games behind a suffocating defense, has lost three consecutive games to fall to 5-3.
"Our kids had the emotion, but we had a lot of injured players who we replaced with kids who normally don't play," said Largo Coach Rocco Romeo.
"When you lose it's always tough, but if we were full strength, I think that we would have done a lot better tonight. But that's part of the game of football."
High Point, which amassed 247 yards against a generally stubborn Lions defense, led by 13-0 at halftime. Milton Stone (17 carries for 74 yards) high-stepped for a five-yard touchdown for their first score. Edward Hancock threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Holt in the second quarter.
The Eagles seemed as if they would continue to dismantle the Lions in the second half after Hancock rolled out to avoid a sack and threw across the middle to Duane Jordan, who broke away from a tackle and sprinted 40 yards for a touchdown and 19-0 lead.
But on the ensuing kickoff, Largo got a brief boost, as Bryon Dunn rumbled 88 yards for a touchdown. On his run, he was nearly dragged down, but he spun away from that tackle and raced to the sidelines, bowling over another defender before dashing the remainder of the way.
But High Point's defense had few breakdowns the rest of the game. Early in the fourth quarter Largo moved inside the High Point 10 after quarterback Kenny Martin scampered for a 36-yard gain. However, the Eagles defense regrouped and shoved them back in three plays to the 12, then on fourth down, Martin tried to score on a run to the outside to no avail.
"Nobody has really been talking about our defense, so our defense wanted to prove something tonight," said High Point Coach Dale Castro. "We definitely feel that we out hit them on defense. It was ugly, but we'll take it."