Spurred by a defense that forced five turnovers, Lackey All-Met Morgan Green rushed for 197 yards and four touchdowns as the seventh-ranked Chargers overwhelmed McDonough, 51-13, in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference game in Pomfret.
Lackey (7-0 overall, 7-0 SMAC) took a 20-0 lead a little more than seven minutes into the game, despite having run just six offensive plays. After Andy Beckett caught a 15-yard scoring pass, senior Dante Page returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown.
At the end of the ensuing McDonough possession, the Rams snapped the ball over their punter's head and downed it at their 2-yard line. Green scored his first touchdown on the next play.
The Rams' five turnovers resulted in 29 Lackey points.
"Our defense really picked us up, particularly early in the game," Lackey Coach Scott Chadwick said. "Dante's interception may have been the biggest play of the game. It got us out to a comfortable lead."
McDonough (5-2, 5-2) was coming off an impressive victory last week over Thomas Stone and needs one more victory to clinch just its second winning season since 1995.
The Ricca Ticker
St. John's/Prospect Hall QB Keith Ricca completed 25 of 30 passes for 420 yards and six touchdowns as the Vikings defeated visiting Maret, 38-6, in Frederick.
Ricca connected with Max Morris for five touchdowns and hit Keith Ritter for the other as St. John's/Prospect Hall improved to 4-3. Ricca even had a completion to himself, when a Maret defender deflected a pass back to him. He turned it into a one-yard gain. . . .
Richard Montgomery running back Steve Weedon broke two school records last night in a 20-5 win over host Magruder. In rushing for a school-record 275 yards on 30 carries, the senior also set the school's single-season rushing mark with 1,278 yards.
Weedon, who scored two touchdowns last night, eclipsed the previous record of Ray Rochester, who ran for 1,055 yards in 2002.
-- Alan Goldenbach,
and Andrew Levine