When the Lackey football team trudged out of its home locker room Saturday night to take the field to face North Point, the Chargers didn’t have a familiar supporter there to offer encouragement from his usual spot near the end zone.
Lackey Athletic Director Dave Anderson died suddenly last week of a brain aneurysm at age 65. He had been on staff at the Charles County school since 1970, including the last 34 years as the athletic director.
“It was pretty tough,” Lackey Coach John Lush said. “Kids who are freshmen still felt the impact because they had brothers and sisters or even moms and dads who went here when Dave was here. That ripple was felt throughout the community.”
Lush described Anderson as a mainstay at Lackey whose influence reached beyond his athletics program.
A former soccer coach, basketball coach and physical education teacher, Anderson would help maintain the school’s fields and was quick to lend a hand anywhere he was needed inside the school as well.
The Chargers held a moment of silence before Saturday’s game — a 26-0 loss — and they will wear DA decals on their helmets for the rest of the season.
According to Lush, Anderson wore a Lackey blazer in his casket at his funeral on Saturday.
“Lackey was as much a member of his family as anything else,” Lush said. “He’ll always be remembered for that.”
Elsewhere in the SMAC this week, Calvert improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2009 with a 27-0 win over Great Mills (0-2, 0-1 SMAC). Senior quarterback Jermaine Hunter rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two more for the Cavaliers (2-0, 1-0). . . .
Huntingtown (2-0, 1-0) has now beaten its first two opponents by a combined score of 91-6 after its 49-6 win over Chopticon (0-2, 0-1). Senior running back Carl Riffe rushed for 189 yards and two touchdowns and junior running back Bryson Curtis added 102 yards and a score. . . .
Northern (1-1, 1-0) and Westlake (1-1, 1-0) each rebounded from season-opening losses to earn their first wins of the season. Northern earned a 33-25 win over Leonardtown (0-2, 0-1), while Westlake beat Thomas Stone (0-2, 0-1), 43-0.
After putting up big numbers in its 42-6 opening-week win against Annapolis, Arundel was dominant again Friday night in a 55-0 victory over Northeast.
The Wildcats (2-0) posted 627 yards of total offense against Northeast, 486 of which came through the air. The explosion in yardage and points, Arundel Coach Chuck Markiewicz said, is all the result of a simple but fast-paced offense.
“Well, if you’ve ever watched Oregon, I’ve was doing this stuff when Chip Kelly was a [graduate assistant],” Markiewicz said. “We’ve been doing this for a long time, up-tempo, no-huddle stuff. We try to snap it 100 times a game. That’s our goal. We’ve been doing it for years.”
This season, Markiewicz’s high-speed, pass-heavy attack has paid great dividends. Through two games, Arundel has racked up 761 passing yards and 1,096 yards of total offense. All of it, the coach said, comes from a playbook that consists of about four running plays and six passes.
According to Markiewicz, the difference this season has been the Wildcats’ ability to run the ball with senior Matt Davis, who has rushed for more than 100 yards in both games this season and is averaging just over 14 yards per carry.
“One of the keys to our offense this year is we’ve been able to run the ball,” Markiewicz said. “In the past, we’ve run the ball because we pass it so much that we get fronts that are favorable to us running it. But this year, we have a really god running back, so that makes it a little bit easier.”
Playing up-tempo football isn’t just an offensive philosophy though for Arundel. The Wildcats defense has been stingy this season, allowing a total of just six points and 312 yards of total offense in its two games so far this season. The Wildcats had nine sacks and two interceptions in Friday night’s shutout of Northeast. Even Markiewicz’s linemen are expected to be able to keep up.
“We train everybody like that. Our offensive linemen are not big guys, because if you can’t run, you can’t play for us. I mean our conditioning test is two 300-yard shuttles, and you’ve got to average under a minute. And that’s the 320-pound guys too, you’ve got to run two of them, you’ve got to average under a minute, and that’s tough. Big kids can’t play for us.”
Back when he was an assistant coach for the Baltimore Ravens, Mount Hebron Coach Phil Zacharias used to watch his players line up every Friday and try their hand at kicking a field goal. The point of the exercise, Zacharias said, was simple.
“Every Friday, we’d have a big to-do where somebody would be the guest kicker, and we’d all kind of be betting facetiously whether he was going to make it,” he said. “And I’ll tell you, very rarely did people make it. . . . Coach Billick’s point is, ‘Don’t think it’s easy.’ ”
That message, driven home at the end of each week by former Ravens Coach Brian Billick, rang true Friday night in Mount Hebron’s 32-26 overtime win on the road against Long Reach. Each team missed two extra points in the game, including one miss by Mount Hebron place kicker Andrew Humm that would have given the Vikings the lead with less than four minutes to play in the game.
Humm’s teammates picked him up in overtime, recovering a Long Reach fumble and scoring on Mount Hebron’s first overtime possession on a two-yard run by quarterback Malik Gilmore. Zacharias said that even after missing the go-ahead extra point, his team stayed focused on finishing off the game.
“No one panicked. It’s part of the game, the ebb and flow of the game,” he said. “Our guy really has a good leg. He’s just gotta get his confidence. Sooner or later that’s got to come around. . . . I know he can make. It’s not like he can’t make it. He’s a young kid. He’s a sophomore and you know what? Down the road, he’s going to be a good kicker.”