Ty Law had a 92-yard punt return for a touchdown, Ellis Marder scored on a 72-yard punt return and Hayden Jones scored on a 38-yard pass from quarterback Evan Jager as Lake Highland Prep rolled past East Ridge 48-21 in the spring game.
Speaking of Jones, the wide receiver pretty much hit for the cycle if there is such a thing in football. He kicked extra-points, kicked off, punted, threw a fake-punt touchdown pass to Westin Davis for 42 yards and also threw a fake-field-goal pass to Will Mattern for an 8-yard TD.
"On that last one (38-yard TD catch), I told the quarterback, Evan, to go long if [the defender] came up on me, so when he saw me hit the go route, he threw it deep," Jones said. "Coach had me running all over the place out there, but that's what I do. I'll do anything to help the team out."
East Ridge has had some injuries this spring and three starters were out Friday night, most notably linebacker/running back Brian Mills (ankle/Achilles). But the Knights had some others step up.
Joeworn Martin is the Knights' new quarterback, taking over for the departed Mike Ferrara-Weed. He ran the offense pretty well and threw some nice balls, including a 24-yard touchdown pass to Adrian Jones early. Jones also had an interception on defense, but left the game later with an injury.
Also impressive for East Ridge was DB/RB Jerami Singleton, who did most of his damage on offense. He had nearly 150 yards rushing, with most of that coming on two big plays. On one he scored from 56 yards with a burst through the right side of the Highlanders' line, going the distance untouched.
East Ridge's rising senior running back, Randy Bergan, who was expected to have a big senior season, rarely touched the ball.
With numerous scouts on hand, Lake Highland coach Tim Borcky said he was impressed by the performances of his seniors, six of which are considered legitimate NCAA Division I-A players.
"I was impressed with the guys out there who already have offers because there were a lot of coaches here and they had a lot of pressure on them, but they didn't choke," Borcky said.
Borcky said he was also pleased with rising junior linebackers David Jean and Carter Shipley.
"They really stepped up in there and filled some gaps tonight," Borcky said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun