Football: Owls can't keep up with Lancers, suffers first loss

Megan Woodward
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Westminster’s Evan Warren set up to kick a field goal with quarterback Christian Etchison as his holder.

There were 3 minutes, 12 seconds left in the first half and the Owls were down by 21 points to Class 3A West foe Linganore.

Warren faked the field goal, Etchison held on to the ball and carried it six yards to the Lancers’ 1-yard line. The end result — a keeper straight into the end zone from Etchison on the Owls’ next drive.

The host team entered halftime down by two scores.

The Owls couldn’t keep it going, however, and failed to score again in falling to the Lancers 48-7.

The game was scheduled to take place at Ruby Field in Westminster, but was moved to Urbana High School to utilize the Hawks’ artificial turf field.

Westminster and Linganore both entered Friday’s matchup with 2-0 records — the Owls defeated 3A West foes Urbana and South Hagerstown, and the Lancers beat Archbishop Curley and Edgewood in the two previous weeks.

Linganore (3-0) held on to a 21-0 lead through the majority of the first half of play.

Lancers senior quarterback Ryan Leyh’s 37-yard scamper to the end zone put the visitors up 7-0. The Lancers forced a three-and-out and Westminster punter Joey Long had to retreat to recover a bad snap in the end zone.

Long picked up the ball for a pass attempt, but the ball was intercepted by Linganore and six drives later, Benjamin Musselman scampered in for a 1-yard score.

Etchison was visibly upset on the sideline after he was sacked with 2:41 left in the first quarter. Senior receiver Tavian Montgomery pulled him aside in an attempt to calm him down as the defensive unit entered the field.

Owls lineman Joe Parry sacked Leyh as the Lancers were forced back and eventually punted the ball away. Jaden Louis made an impressive scramble through Linganore’s defense to pick up Westminster’s second first down of the game early in the second quarter.

A 22-yard run from junior running back Johan Samayoa helped set up a 1-yard dash into the end zone from Jackson Ambush that put the Lancers up 21-0.

Westminster’s fake field goal from Warren and touchdown from Etchison gave the Owls a little momentum in their rematch of last year’s regional final won by Linganore 16-14.

The Lancers won last year’s regular-season matchup 50-28.

Musselman, Felton, Leyh, and Ethan Zirkle each notched scores for the Lancers, a contribution to the success of the reigning 3A state champions’ running game.

Zirkle intercepted Owls quarterback Jack Gruenzinger’s pass and returned it about 50 yards for the final score of the game.

Linganore 14 7 14 7 — 48

Westminster 0 7 0 0 — 7

SCORING SUMMARY

L- Ryan Leyh 37 run (Bennett Formulak kick)

L- Benjamin Musselman run (Formulak kick)

L- Jackson Ambush 1 run (Formulak kick)

W- Christian Etchison 1 run (Evan Warren kick)

L- Musselman 2 run (Formulak kick)

L- Joey Felton 31 run (Formulak kick)

L- Leyh 9 run (Formulak kick)

L- Ethan Zirkle 50 int (Formulak kick)

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