On Wednesday, Lackey (MD) HS head coach Scott Chadwick compared his star running back, Morgan Green, to NFL running back Eddie George.
Green -- a 6-foot, 205-pound junior -- is 197 rushing yards shy of the 12-year-old state single-season record owned by McDonough's Sherron Gudger at 2,741 yards.
"If you had to compare (Green) to somebody, he's an Eddie George kind of back," Lackey coach Scott Chadwick said, referring to the Tennessee Titans' star. "He can run you over, he can get you in the open field and, when he does, he can run away from you."
Still, entering Thursday night's Maryland Class AAA State Title game at M&T Bank Stadium against Linganore HS, Coach Chadwick had much to think about regarding Linganore's imposing front seven.
"Not really, to be honest," Chadwick said when asked if he likes his rushing attack against the Lancers defense. "It's definitely a concern. The thing we rely on is what they do best -- playing the run."
As it turns out, Green, who entered the game with a state-leading 2,544 rushing yards, was able to get only 71 yards on 31 carries against an immovable front wall led by Penn State recruit Mike Lucian and his front line mates Justin Grubby, Charlie Pryor, Jeff Rollins and Scott Kent.
Green was tackled for loss 6 times in the game, but he wasn't the only one who had trouble. Lackey repeatedly had special teams problems under the heavy rush of the Linganore defense.
Linganore used a physical running game, timely special teams play, and then late game big plays to get all of their points. The Lancers would end up with over 400 yards of total offense as they dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
But it was their defense that controlled this game. Perhaps the sequence of plays that best describes what happened in this game occurred late in the third quarter when Lackey had a first and goal at the Linganore 5 yard line. Four rushing attempts later the ball was still at the 5 yard line where Linganore took over on downs.
This state title win capped a season of high expectations for Linganore. The Lancers had gone to last year's state title game only to drop a heartbreaking 14-7 game to Seneca Valley. The senior laden squad vowed to win it all this year.
And win it all they did.
Perhaps no truer words were spoken after the game than those by Lackey head coach Scott Chadwick. "I want to congratulate Linganore on an outstanding game and season. They are truly deserving champions. Their defense is one of the best I have seen in a long time. Their combination of strength and speed is tremendous."
In a game that is still about blocking and tackling, still about dominating your opponent at the line of scrimmage, this Linganore squad was the very best in Maryland Class AAA football this year.
Editor's Note - Lion News would like to congratulate Penn State recruit Mike Lucian and the entire Linganore HS squad on winning their school's 5th Maryland state championship.
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