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Lunenberg defeats W&L in VHSL Regional playoffs

  Central Lunenburg running back Dajour Smith powered for 136 rushing yards and two touchdowns Friday night to lead his Chargers to victory over the W&L Eagles in a quarterfinal  1A-East football  playoff game played in Victoria.

“Lunenburg Central played a great football game,” said W&L Coach Antron Yates.  “We  had some key injuries. Two starters on that great defense were out. We dug some holes for ourselves with penalties. But my team played hard and left it all on the field. I am very proud to be their coach.”

W&L junior quarterback Treshaun Brown had a strong game, passing for 215 yards and three touchdowns, but the Eagle ground game was able to generate just 70 yards rushing while Eagle defenders were unable to slow down the Chargers running attack.

Lunenburg Central used four different runners to gain 323 yards on the ground, lead by Smith who racked up his 136 yards on 21 carries.  The Eagles were outmanned on both lines and could not stop the Chargers double wing offense.

The Chargers scored in the first quarter on a 58-yard pass from quarterback Graham Smith to receiver Markeith Carr.  And then again early in the second quarter on an 11-yard  run by Dajour Smith.

W&L fought back scoring two second quarter touchdowns as Brown passed for 43 yards to senior receiver Davon Hamilton and 34 yards to sophomore receiver Jarret Smuiel.  The Eagles failed to convert the point after on the second touchdown when kicker Alex Lane’s try was blocked.   The score was 14 to 13 Lunenburg at the half.

The Chargers scored in the third quarter on a four-yard run by Dajour Smith and again in the fourth quarter on a 17-yard pass from Graham Smith to receiver Tucker Price.  

 W&L wide receiver Hamilton took a 40-yard pass from Brown  across the goal line with seven minutes left in the game.   But the powerful Chargers sealed the win by keeping the ball the rest of the way.

The Chargers, who are now 10-2, move into the third round of the playoffs against Essex, the top seeded team in 1A-East.  The Eagles, who finished the year 7-5, look forward to next season with optimism.

“I  want to give a special thanks to my seniors who left a pretty strong legacy for the underclassmen to follow,” said Yates. “We have some key players returning next year and with a good off-season should be ready to have another good year.”

“It was a good year for W&L Football. I believe this year was a good year for everyone involved,” Yates said.  “The players did an awesome job. My coaching staff was second to none.  I think everyone feels and knows that we are back and will remain relevant for a while.”

“It was a season that at one point could have gone either way, and you have to celebrate a team that picks it up and takes it in the right direction,” said W&L Athletic Director Malcolm Lewis.

“There was good coaching . . . good senior leadership . . . and just a maturity that wasn’t there last year,” Lewis said.  “We had a strong season with solid momentum for a bright future.”

 

Richard Leggitt 

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