Lake Clifton's prospects looked good going into its first game in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference yesterday. But the billing didn't stand up, as the Lakers dropped their season opener to the visiting McDonogh Eagles, 20-6.
It was the first high school victory for new McDonogh coach Mike Working, a former head coach at Appalachian State and assistant coach with the NFL's Detroit Lions.
"I'm glad the clock finally stop ticking," said Working. "We knew they were a good football team and was ready to explode at any time."
Lake Clifton moved up from the B Conference, where the Lakers won the title last season and was runner-up the previous season.
"We've come a long way since our scrimmages," said Lake Clifton coach David White. "We made a lot of mistakes and
hopefully we can learn, but we didn't have anything in the second half."
The Eagles gained control of the line of scrimmage in the second half, rushing for 103 yards and wearing down the Lakers.
After Lake Clifton had scored to make it, 7-6, the Eagles assembled a 13-play, 63-yard drive that took nearly five minutes. Quarterback Mark Antonelli capped the drive with a 1-yard drive, making it 14-6, with 4:26 remaining in the fourth quarter.