Football perched at top of 3A: road to states looking clear


courtesy of Rob Leyh

Joey Felton returns a kick for Lancers while Jackson Ambush makes a key block.

by Adam Cooper, Reporter

Linganore football has demolished the competition for the majority of the season. The varsity team is currently standing at 4-1 after a tough game against Walkersville but they are also top of the 3A in the region. The schools are split into regions based on point system determined by MPSSAA.

September 28, Linganore v.s. Walkersville

The game against Walkersville was on September 28. The Lancers had a hard fight against the previous 2A state champions but could not pull out a win. The score by the end of the first half was 26-10. The Lancers could not stop the Lions offense and the Lancers offense couldn’t get started. The final score of the game was 40-10.

September 22, Linganore v.s. Thomas Johnson High School

The Lancers came in with a hard start with no team scoring for the majority of the first half. In the second quarter, the Lancers came back with some heat and started running up the score ending the first half at 34-0. They finished the game with a running clock 41-0.

Since varsity knew that the following week to the next game would be a shorter week to prepare, the team started early to strategize against Walkersville.

“Each week we try to reach a certain standard of excellence in how we prepare and work in practice so Friday night takes care of itself,” said Coach Conner about getting prepared for Friday night.

September 15, Linganore v.s. Westminster

The Lancers soared to the top of 3A after deliberate battle to beat Westminster. Westminster was the number one seed of 3A before the match up. In the first half it was a slow start for the Lancers scoring only 32-14. In the second half, Lancers brought the intensity and finished out the game with a score of 50-28.

Leading up to this game, the team put in maximum effort, including an extra 30 minutes of practice each day. This extra time allowed the team to sharpen their skills to be ready for the big game. The team was not worried about the ranking of Westminster before the game.

“I don’t care about rankings one bit – it’s someone else’s opinion about us – not interested,” said Coach Conner.

September 8, Linganore v.s. Edgewood

The second game of the season for Linganore football was against Edgewood. The Linganore team went to foreign Baltimore county and brought that Frederick county intensity to their turf. Edgewood showcased a few great plays for Edgewood, it wasn’t enough. The Lancers won 36-0. The team noticed the Lancers aggression during the game.

“They were a lot more aggressive, plain and simple a lot more aggressive,” said the Edgewood head coach, Charles Johnson, reported by The Baltimore Sun.

September 1, Linganore v.s. Archbishop Curley

The first game of the season was against Archbishop Curley. The Lancers dominated the game crushing them 64-6. Though this game was before school started, attendance was still high as everyone craved some Linganore football. This was certainly a great start for the season and raised everyone’s hopes for the season.

“We came out strong and did the job that coach wanted us to do,” said Class of 2019 member, Jackson Ambush.

Their upcoming game is against Oakdale. The game will start at 7 on October 6. Be there to see the Linganore Lancers and Oakdale Bears battle it out on Oakdale’s turf that Linganore has never lost on, ever.