Landry-Walker rode yet another spectacular defensive performance and the legs of Keytaon Thompson to a 23-13 victory over McDonogh 35 at Pan American Stadium on Thursday night.
The Charging Bucs (7-1, 3-0) allowed less than 14 points for the third week in a row and forced four Roneagles turnovers. Thompson added 20 carries for 120 and completed 12 of 21 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. McDonough 35 fell to 1-6, 0-3.
Late in the third quarter, McDonogh 35 defensive back Clifford Chattman gave the Roneagles the play they desperately needed to get back in the game. Chattman sprinted in from the right side of the formation, blocked a Landry-Walker punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown to cut their deficit down to 10-7.
Landry-Walker responded by taking the ensuing possession 65 yards on eight plays, with a little bit of help on back-to-back Roneagles penalties that turned a fourth-and-6 for the Charging Bucs to a first down.
Two plays after the drive-lengthening penalties, Devon Conner ran in a 21-yard touchdown to give Landry-Walker a 16-7 lead.
After forcing a turnover on downs on the next Roneagles possession, the Charging Bucs only needed four plays before Thompson found Carlius Joseph in the back of the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown catch — his second of the game — to give Landry-Walker a 23-7 lead.
Roneagles receiver Darius Williams made a spectacular 22-yard touchdown catch over two Landry-Walker defenders to cut the lead to 23-13 with a little more than three minutes left in the game, but McDonogh 35 was unable to get the ball back after that.
The Charging Bucs’ defense made things very difficult for McDonogh 35 in the first half, but they had plenty of help from the Roneagles as they turned the ball over three times in the first half — including two of their first three possessions. They turned the ball over once on downs and added eight first-half penalties, which was responsible for stalling at least two of their drives.
After failing to convert two Roneagles first-quarter turnovers into points, Landry-Walker’s first possession of the second quarter went 86 yards on nine plays and ended with Thompson connecting with Carlius Joseph on a third and long for a 30-yard touchdown pass.
The Charging Bucs led 7-0 with seven minutes left in the second quarter.
After forcing their third turnover of the first half, Landry-Walker got the ball with just enough time to run six plays and put Nicholas Warren in position for a 32-yard field goal with six seconds left in the first half. Warren nailed the kick and the Charging Bucs took a 10-0 lead into halftime.
With Thursday’s victory, the Charging Bucs set themselves up for a highly anticipated 9-4A showdown with Warren Easton (6-1) on Halloween night at Behrman Stadium.