Queen Anne’s defense steps up in crunch time, seals win over Decatur

BERLIN, Md. – A shootout in Berlin between two top team in the Bayside was decided by two critical plays by the Queen Anne’s defense. The Lions improved to 5-1 on the season, downing Decatur, 35-34.

No team ever led by more than seven points. Decatur took a 7-point lead three times in the first three quarters, only to see the Lions battle back to tie the score.

Wilson Smothers Jr. ran for over 200 yards, and scored three rushing touchdowns, including a go-ahead score with 10:47 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Decatur came back down the field, scoring the tying touchdown with 9:06 remaining on a Snelsire quarterback keeper.

The Seahawks were threatening once again with under four minutes to play, driving inside the Lions’ 25-yard line. That’s when the a tipped pass from Snelsire found the waiting arms of Dillon Meekins. The linebacker ran 78 yards for what would prove to be the winning score.

Snelsire and company drove right back down the field, this time reaching the end zone with 52 second remaining. Decatur head coach Jake Coleman decided to go for the win.

Snelsire faked a handoff and rolled to his right, firing for Luke Mergott in the end zone. Mergott, who had just run the ball in from the 1 on the previous play, got two hands on the ball, but was unable to hang on.