On its first play from the scrimmage, Landry-Walker lost possession of the ball because of a high center snap.
That proved to be a minor hiccup in the Charging Buccaneers’ game against Lake Area on Friday night at Behrman Stadium.
On Landry-Walker’s second play, Javon Conner swept left on an 84-yard touchdown run that set the tone for a 40-20 homecoming victory in the regular-season finale.
“We were not happy with that snap because we practice hard,” Landry-Walker coach Emmanuel Powell said. “But we played well, we played everybody and nobody got hurt going into the playoffs. That’s the way homecoming is supposed to be.”
Landry-Walker (8-2) finished in a three-way tie for first place in District 9-4A after Karr topped Warren Easton 34-33 on Friday night.
Conner’s touchdown was the first of four in the first quarter by Landry-Walker on its way to a 34-0 lead first-half lead against overmatched Lake Area (4-5). The Fighting Leopards, who are a football independent, do not compete for district honors.
When the Buccaneers regained possession, they struck quickly. On first down, quarterback Li’Jon Cordier completed a 47-yard touchdown pass to Kaleb Anderson speeding down the middle of the field, and it was 16-0 at 7:15 of the first quarter.
Powell then began substituting wholesale. With reserves in the game, the Bucs took a little longer to score the next time. After sophomore linebacker Ashton Bowie recovered a fumble on the Leopards’ 44, backup quarterback Keytaon Thompson completed a 56-yard touchdown pass to Mikhail Jacobs at 5:45 of the first.
Thompson, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Devanta Jason on Landry-Walker’s next possession, pushing the score to 28-0. That came after an 8-yard Lake Area punt coupled with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Getting extended playing time, Thompson wasn’t done, throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeremy Sanders with 2:10 left before halftime, giving the Bucs a 34-0 lead. It was the only touchdown of the second quarter.
Thompson finished the half – and the game – with 4-of-7 passing for 109 yards and three touchdowns. Cordier was 2-of-3 for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Landry-Walker scored once more — on a 28-yard sweep by Tevin King at 7:20 of the third quarter.
Lake Area quarterback Ricky Jones and receiver Frank Jordan combined on an 8-yard pass play for its first score. After a successful onside kick, Leopards running back Cyron Sutton swept left for a 44-yard touchdown. Then after only the second punt of the game, both ironically by Landry-Walker, Lake Area scored again. Jones set it up with a 29-yard run to the 1. He sneaked for the touchdown on the next play.
Sutton finished with 94 yards on six carries. He had 86 yards on four carries in the second half, most of it in the fourth quarter. Jones was 8-of-17 passing for 140 yards. Ninety came in the second half.