It is a menacing sight when Whitman's Pat Lazear has a football in his hand: a protective collar poking out behind his neck, all 6 feet 1, 215 pounds of him barreling toward would-be tacklers with almost reckless abandon.
Time and again last night, that is what Bethesda-Chevy Chase defenders saw, and each time, Lazear netted impressive results. The junior fullback rushed for 81 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries, and returned a kickoff for another score as the visiting Vikings defeated the Barons, 47-7, in a Montgomery County nonleague game.
"It's scary. We talk about it as coaches. I'm 210, 215 pounds and I wouldn't want to get in his way," Whitman Coach Eric Wallich said. "He's a load. I think back to high school when I played. I considered myself a pretty good hitter. . . . I don't envy anybody."
Lazear rushed for first-half touchdowns of 16, 6 and 11 yards to help Whitman even its record at 3-3 and bolster its playoff hopes after a slow start. The performance capped a good week for Lazear, who accounted for all three of Whitman's touchdowns in a 21-20 victory over Northwest on Monday, during which he secured the win by blocking a late extra-point attempt.
"We had just all the swagger Whitman's ever had," Lazear said. "We were confident coming off a real big win. We knew what we had to do."
The mere threat of Lazear in the backfield seemed to open things up for Whitman's passing game, as quarterback Greg Kingscott spread the ball to his receivers and completed 9 of 11 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown.
"Last year we couldn't throw the ball at all, so teams just stacked the box," said Kingscott, who also scored on a one-yard keeper during Whitman's first drive. "So not only does it help me a lot, but [our passing game] helps Pat a whole lot because teams can't just put nine in the box and make us throw."
High snaps for big losses on the Barons' first two drives gave Whitman good field position, and the Vikings capitalized. Whitman scored on its first four possessions, with the Barons (4-2) getting their lone touchdown on a five-yard run by Coffi Amouzou just before halftime.
Lazear returned the second-half kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown and didn't touch the ball for the remainder of the game.
"You can't get behind them in the sense that when you're behind, they're going to keep pounding and setting you up with that," Barons Coach John Zehner said. "When they do that, you're at their mercy. We just have to get our heads on a little tighter and concentrate more."