Junior Darron Showalter rushed for two second-half touchdowns as Chopticon stunned two-time Maryland 3A finalist Lackey, 22-18, last night to run its record to 4-0.
After two fourth-quarter comebacks the past two weeks, Chopticon had a 10-point lead with less than five minutes to play. After Lackey scored to cut the margin to four, the Chargers held the Braves on fourth and one at midfield with less than two minutes to go.
Lackey drove the field, but was denied on fourth and 15 at the Chopticon 25 when Braves junior Travis Vines batted away a pass at the first-down marker.
"We just beat Lackey," junior quarterback Justin McVerry said. "I can't even believe it."
Late TD Helps Robinson
Senior Lucas Caparelli scored on a four-yard run with 2 minutes 34 seconds left in the game to break a tie and give No. 1 Robinson a 21-14 victory over host Herndon in a Virginia AAA Concorde District game.
Caparelli's run capped a 47-yard drive, which also featured a 34-yard run by junior running back Mike Meier. An interception by senior linebacker Jack Curtis in final minutes then secured the win for Robinson (4-0, 1-0).
Robinson had outscored its first three opponents 190-20 entering the game, but Herndon took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 44-yard pass from Zay Lopez to Matt Seeger. After allowing two Rams touchdowns, the Hornets (3-1, 0-1) tied the game at 14 on a 55-yard run by Chris Thompson. Thompson finished with 99 yards on 11 carries, giving him 426 yards this season.
Royster Carries Westfield
Trailing by four with less than two minutes to play, No. 17 Westfield proved that it has a quick-strike offense -- just not the conventional kind.
Instead of throwing the ball with precious little time left, Westfield handed the ball to All-Met running back Evan Royster, who needed only two carries to gain 80 yards and score the game-winning touchdown in Westfield's 34-31 road win over No. 7 Centreville.
Royster made his score count by intercepting a pass on Centreville's final attempt, securing a key win for the Bulldogs (5-0, 1-0) and handing Centreville (4-1, 0-1) a loss in the teams' AAA Concorde District opener.
-- Ben Horn, Alan Goldenbach and Eli Saslow