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Lexington Park, MD - Week 7 pitted two undefeated teams against each other for the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference (SMAC) Game of the Week (GOTW) [read here] and saw multiple playoff contenders stay in the hunt, defeating each of their opponents. If the season ended today, SMAC would send six schools — Lackey, Calvert, St. Charles, Huntingtown, Northern and North Point — to the playoffs. With the season coming to an end, each week is increasingly essential for all of the teams searching for a postseason birth. 

Thomas Stone traveled to La Plata for an in-county matchup last Friday. The Cougars escaped the Warriors, winning 26-20. Stone rushed for 313 yards and improved to (4-3) on the back of senior running back Trent Gaskins, who recorded 247 rushing yards and three touchdowns, as well as an interception on defense. La Plata was unable to contain Gaskins and despite coming within six points of the Stone in the fourth quarter, fell to 1-6. La Plata remains home against Calvert (5-2) at 7 p.m. Stone is home against Lackey (4-3) at 5 p.m. for the SMAC GOTW.

Lackey traveled to Chopticon High School Friday, winning 39-21. The Chargers looked to be in control early, scoring 14 unanswered in the first quarter, but Chopticon would not go easy, cutting Lackey’s lead to just 21-14 before the end of the half. Another scoreless quarter in the third proved to be detrimental for the Braves who only scored seven more points the rest of the game. Lackey, who has been a predominantly rushing team all season, passed for 262 yards this week, led by R. Middleton (Sr) who completed 8 of 14 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns [to Jaquan Cobey (Jr) and J. Bridgett (Sr)], and an interception. The Chargers also rushed for 233, with Middleton again leading that category with 89 yards and two touchdowns. Jayson Wilmer (Sr) ran in an additional two scores, rounding out Lackey’s points. The Braves ran the ball 29 times for 138 yards, with Devyn Vukovich (So) contributing 98 yards and two touchdowns. Chopticon had two passers who combined for 97 yards, D. Crampton (Jr) completed 8 of 14 for 86 yards and a touchdown, and J. Williams (Sr) only completed 2 of 4 passes for 11 yards and the teams two interceptions. Austin Brown (Sr) was the receiver on the Braves only touchdown through the air. Chopticon is home again against  Huntingtown (6-1) at 6 p.m. The Chargers travel to Thomas Stone (4-3) Friday at 5 p.m. for the SMAC GOTW.

Contact Jerold at staffwriter@thebaynet.com

*(7-0) North Point -41 @ (6-1) St. Charles -14   (5-2) Northern -43 @ (0-7) Leonardtown -20

(4-3) Lackey -39 @ (2-5) Chopticon -21             (5-2) Westlake -35 @ (1-6) McDonough -0

(2-5) Patuxent -14 @ (5-2) Calvert -49           (4-3) Thomas Stone -26 @ (1-6) La Plata -20

(1-5) Great Mills -0 @ (6-1) Huntingtown -21  

*SMAC GOTW

                                                           Division
               Chesapeake                                                       Potomac

North Point (7-0)     PF: 225, PA: 92                  Calvert (5-2)        PF: 201, PA: 62
St. Charles (6-1)     PF: 168, PA: 87               Westlake (5-2)     PF: 179, PA: 58
Huntingtown (6-1)   PF: 156, PA: 45                  Lackey (4-3)     PF: 205, PA: 109
Northern (5-2)         PF: 131, PA: 112     Thomas Stone (4-3)      PF: 184, PA: 201
Chopticon (2-5)       PF: 166, PA: 172             Patuxent (2-5)     PF: 109, PA: 161
Great Mills (1-6)      PF: 93, PA: 190                La Plata (1-6)      PF: 114, PA: 168
Leonardtown (0-7)  PF: 34, PA: 278           McDonough (1-6)        PF: 54, PA: 222

*PF= Points For, PA= Points Against

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