Lions Cruise to 48-0 Victory Over FSK
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by Joey Thompson

photos by Nicole Cregger and Michael Tauriello

This week the Lions football team cruised to an easy victory against FSK, winning 48-0 in a game that was never in doubt.

The festivities kicked off with the Ravens mascot and cheerleader posing with a novelty check for $1,000. The money, which was won by Walkersville and FSK as a result of winning the Baltimore Ravens RISE Showcase poll this week, will go towards the athletic departments of both schools. This was the highlight of the game for FSK, as the opening kickoff was returned to the 1-yard line by senior Chad Gleason. His brother, junior Tyler Gleason, then punched it in on the next play. Said junior student section member Kyle Wilkinson, “The game was over on the opening kickoff. It was clear that we were the better team right away.”

From there it only got worse for FSK. The offense had no chance, with the line smothering most run plays, forcing passes that were dropped, batted down or intercepted. As a result, every drive ended with either a punt, an interception or a fumble. Junior defensive lineman Jeremiah Sweet praised the play of the line, saying, “It started early in January. Weights, running, working hard. We had a good week of practice and were able to come out and control the game.”

After the 1 yard touchdown drive, the Lions came out and wasted no time putting away FSK. Junior quarterback Billy Gant completed two passes to junior Josh Polce on the first drive, the second one a 13-yard pass that resulted in a touchdown.

The next three drives were more of the same, with big passes to senior Kyle Daggett and junior Jacob Wetzel being matched with explosive runs by senior Chad Gleason and juniors Ty Littleton and Christian Policelli. Policelli and Gleason both had long touchdowns in the first quarter, and Littleton had two touchdowns on the game.

Lions could do whatever they wanted and it showed on the scoreboard. They were up 35-0 by the end of the first quarter, and it took only 11 plays to score those five touchdowns.

The rest of the game had much less action, as FSK was able to mount a decent drive that kept the clock running. However, sacks by Sweet and fellow junior Ethan Parrish ended the best FSK drive of the day with a punt on 4th and 32. At the half it was 41-0, and by this point the starters were out of the game. With the clock running for the whole second half, the scoring slowed even more. Still, junior Cameron Tyeryar was able to score one last touchdown to get to the final score of 48-0.

Despite the blowout, the crowd was still as passionate as ever, with many students showing their support for this team. Junior Davis Kelley said, “They really came out strong on the kickoff and dominated the whole way through. I’m proud of ‘Dell’  (Polce) for scoring his TD.”

With the win, the Lions move to 3-0 on the season and remain in first place in the 2A Western Region of Maryland. Next week they go on the road to James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, and hopefully the Walkersville fans will make the trip to support these Lions.