Randallstown can't weather Lackey

Green's four muddy TDs, curtailed passing doom No. 7 Rams in semi, 25-6

Class 3A state football

High Schools

November 29, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

INDIAN HEAD - Mother Nature brought the downpour that created ankle-deep mud for last night's Class 3A state semifinal. But it was Lackey junior Morgan Green who brought the thunder.

Relying on his defense to set him up, the 6-foot, 205-pound running back sloshed, juked and plowed his way for 120 yards and four touchdowns to lift the host Chargers (12-1) of Charles County to a 25-6 victory over No. 7 Randallstown of Baltimore County.

Lackey's eighth straight win gave the Chargers a berth in the school's second state title game since winning the Class B crown in 1986. Lackey meets 2002 state runner-up Linganore, a 14-0 winner over Gwynn Park in last night's other semifinal.

Green and backfield mate Courtney Knight have been nicknamed "thunder and lightning" by coach Scott Chadwick, but it was the former who brought a little bit of both after capitalizing on four of the Rams' five turnovers.

Moments after shaking defenders of a Randallstown squad that had allowed less than 60 yards rushing per game, Green simply shivered from the cold.

"I didn't want to touch the ground, so I did what I could not to. I hate this weather. It's not my kind of weather," said Green, whose 2,546 yards this season are 195 shy of the single-season rushing record.

"There's only one thing I like about it: Guys slide off of you, so you're harder to tackle."

Randallstown's first-year coach Albert Howard concurred.

"We didn't tackle very well," he said. "They're a great team with a great running back. But we made to many mistakes early.

"We played interception and turnover-free football the past four weeks, and it came back to haunt us. They made us pay for every mistake we made out there."

An interception by Mark Herbert and a fumble recovery by Kevin Glascock set up Green's first-quarter touchdowns of 9 and 31 yards for 12-0 halftime lead.

After the Rams (10-3) had pulled to 12-6 on a third-quarter, 45-yard touchdown run by Martise Williams, Green added fourth-period scores from 24 and 22 yards. Both touchdowns were set up by interceptions, from Bryan Gibbons and Devonte Williams, respectively.

"What's amazing is Morgan had 25 carries and didn't fumble once in this weather," said Chadwick. "As young as we are, and not being real deep, I was concerned we might get worn out by their huge line. Our defense made plays and made it easy on us and we, ourselves, didn't turn it over."

All four of the Chargers' scoring drives began on Randallstown's side of midfield.

"I believe that if the field was dry, it might have been a different game because we have a passing game and we couldn't really use it tonight," said Maryland-bound receiver-defensive back Christian Varner, his uniform caked with mud.

"Tonight, we made too many mistakes. My dream was to go all the way and win the states, but that's not going to happen."

Randallstown 0 0 6 0 - 6

Lackey 12 0 0 13 - 25

L-Green 9 run (run failed) L-Green 31 run (run failed) R-Williams 45 run (pass failed) L-Green 24 run (kick failed) L-Green 22 run (Hitch kick)

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