Ken Boyd's running clinic helped No. 8 Annapolis subdue visiting Meade, 35-13, last night in an Anne Arundel County 4A league matchup at Al Laramore Field.
The senior running back darted through the Mustangs' defense for 221 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries, however, Panthers coach Roy Brown was quick to give a large share of credit to his defensive unit.
"Kenny ran extremely well, but I think our defense was a key. Meade moved the ball very well in the first half, that's why they were only losing by seven [14-7] at the half. We came out in the second half and did a great job of shutting them down," Brown said.
The hosts came flying out of the gate in the second half, scoring on their first three possessions.
Boyd scored his second touchdown of the night seven minutes into the third period on a 25-yard run. Seven seconds into the fourth quarter, he ran 22 yards to score, compiling 61 yards on five carries during the drive.
His fourth and final touchdown occurred two minutes later on a 7-yard run following a blocked punt by Jeff Ogle.
Kenny Walker would add a touchdown for the Mustangs (2-4) on a 5-yard run. Walker finished with 125 yards on 20 attempts and two touchdowns.
The Panthers (5-1) jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead. They marched 73 yards on 10 plays for their first score, a 10-yard run by Kevin Belt.
On its next possession, Annapolis took just 43 seconds and three plays to score as Boyd broke loose on a 31-yard run. Juan Johnson's pass to Jerry Thompson made up for Johnson's earlier wide extra-point kick.
Meade put together an impressive drive during the end of the first period and the beginning of the second. Adam Butts' 14-yard run help to set up Kenny Walker's 1-yard touchdown run. Sean McIlhargie's kick brought the Mustangs to within a touchdown.
Annapolis dominated both the offensive and defensive line of scrimmage for most of the night. Boyd, along with Belt and Jerry Thompson, frequently traveled through the left side of the offensive line consisting of Ogle, Matt Smear and Beau Watkins. Chip Monger, Bernard Tucker, and Bernard Howard also threw numerous key blocks throughout the night.
"Except for the Mount St. Joe game [a 6-0 win], both our offensive and defensive lines have come off the ball extremely well," said Brown.