Whitaker leads Northwest past Lackey, 14-9, for title

Championship is 40th for Montgomery County

Class 3A football

High Schools

December 04, 2004|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Ike Whitaker completed 15 of 20 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown, lifting Northwest of Montgomery County past Lackey, 14-9, to claim the Class 3A state football championship last night at M&T Bank Stadium.

In its seventh year of existence, the Germantown school won its first state title and the 40th for Montgomery County. Lackey from Charles County lost for the second consecutive year in the final.

Whitaker completed nine consecutive throws in the second half, including a 56-yard score to Alphonzo Griffin, giving Northwest (13-1) a 14-3 lead with 1:04 left in the third quarter. Whitaker, a 6-foot-4 senior who recently gave an oral commitment to Virginia Tech, was 6-for-6 for 111 yards in the quarter.

"It's hard to explain to anyone who hasn't been in our shoes," said Northwest coach Randy Trivers, whose team beat Bel Air in last weekend's state semifinals. "It has taken seven years of hard work to get where we are. They [the players] decided to make the most of this experience."

A 1-yard touchdown run by Morgan Green brought Lackey (13-1) within 14-9 with 9:17 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Chargers had two opportunities in the final six minutes, but a loss of possession on downs followed by an interception with 1:27 left ended their hopes of a perfect season. Green, who plans to attend Maryland next fall, had 124 yards on 30 carries.

"This is much more painful," said Lackey coach Scott Chadwick, whose team lost to Linganore last year. "We were a better team this year."

Northwest 0 7 7 0 - 14

Lackey 0 3 0 6 - 9

L-Hitch 23 FG NW-Herbert fumble recovery in end zone (Thomas kick) NW-Whitaker 56 pass to Griffin (Thomas kick) L-Green 1 run (run failed)

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