Marquis Childress has had his moments for Smithfield. The jaw-dropping punt return for a touchdown in the Packers' 2011 season opener at Southampton is one of the most spectacular plays in Bay Rivers District history.
And as recently as last week, his kickoff return for a touchdown proved to be the game-changer in the Packers' road win over Jamestown. But, overall, Childress's contribution in the Packers' 34-27 win Friday over Jamestown is probably his most important.
A long kick return was never in the cards: Lafayette's coaches are too smart to direct the ball his way. So he got untracked by eluding several tackles in turning what should have been a 10-yard reception across the middle into a 52-yard gain, setting up a touchdown that gave the Packers a 12-7 halftime lead.
Lafayette retaliated with three quick touchdowns in the third quarter, the first on Jahlil Green's 51-yard run, the next two set up by on onside kick recovery and a fumble recovery deep in Smithfield territory.
With his team behind 27-12, Childress, a speedster on Hampton University's interest list for track and field, burst up the middle for runs of 24 and 44 yards, the latter for a TD. Seemingly hemmed in on a sweep to the right sideline, Childress reversed field and ran almost all the way to the left sideline, eluding numerous defenders along the way, before turning upfield on a 73-yard touchdown run.
His two-point conversion run made it 27-26 early in the fourth quarter. He also ran in the two-point conversion after Kyon Croker's 3-yard TD run one play after a Lafayette fumble as the Packers took a 34-27 fourth-quarter lead.
He also made several tackles in the secondary of a Smithfield defense that acquitted itself well. In short, Childress made the star turn so many have expected since his sophomore year.
QB jinx at Grafton
The Clippers lost starting quarterback Jett Johnson for the season to a broken leg in their 24-0 win Friday at Bruton. It marks the fourth consecutive year that injuries have prohibited the Clippers from finishing a season with their starting QB.
"Call it 'The Curse of the Grafton Quarterback,'" Clippers coach Jared Van Acker said. "We'll really miss Jett. He's a leader and an outgoing kid everybody loves."
Van Acker hopes PJ Jackson turns the curse into a charm. Jackson, is not without experience, having started in a playoff game victory for Grafton last season.
Jackson threw for 131 yards in relief of Johnson. Jessee Santiago had two receptions for 68 yards and two TDs.
After playing solid defensively the first three weeks, the Tigers (1-3, 1-2) chalked up their first victory by beating Poquoson 28-13 with good all-around play. The offense's breakthrough included the first good four-quarter performance by the very inexperienced offensive line of Matt Staul, Hayden Taylor, Jacob Rose, Nick Beaton and Mark Youker.
That group set the table for two 100-yard rushing nights — by Jake Brown (120 yards, one TD) and Brent Hinson (103 yards, one TD) — and the best game of the year for QB Dan Schiele (8-of-12 passing, 95 yards, TD rushing, TD passing). The receiving corps, led by freshman Nick Hunter's three catches (one TD), held onto the ball better than it has all season.
Two weeks ago, Warhill junior Devonte Dedmon barely could play because of an ankle sprain. Now, he says, "I'm in the best shape of my life."
Who can argue after looking at his numbers in the Lions' 34-18 win at New Kent? He ran for 171 yards and a touchdown, threw for 41 yards and a TD, caught three passes for 73 yards and a touchdown, returned a kick 95 yards for a touchdown and intercepted a pass.
The score was tied 18-18 early in the fourth quarter when he took the kickoff back to the house, then ran in the two-point conversion to give the Lions the lead. He passed 21 yards to Charlie Broaddus for a score with less than four minutes to play to clinch the victory.
York's defense shines
York (4-0, 3-0) won a strange game over Jamestown, 27-26, in which offenses exploded in the first half and were scoreless in the second. York played defense in its own territory virtually the entire second half, but came up with drive-killing stops, like freshman Devin Campbell's interception and James Madison recruit Cody Hendrickson's sack.
Two long punts from the end zone by Dalton Dye helped the defense field-position-wise. The defensive line's improved play in the second half freed up linebackers Marcus Wakelyn and Staffon Smith to chase down ball-carriers.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun