It might be a new year, but it was the same result for Lacey in the state playoffs.
Fourth-seeded Kingsway Regional beat fifth-seeded Lacey 52-17 in the South Jersey Group IV quarterfinals last night. Last year the Dragons stunned undefeated Lacey in the semifinal round.
“We have been here before, we’ve had games like this,” said Lacey Head Coach Lou Vircillo. “The last half of the season has been tough, we had a chance in a couple of those games and we have a ton of injuries.”
From the start the Lacey defense had no answer for the Kingsway offense lead by senior running Ray Lawry. On the Dragons’ first offensive drive, Lawry score on a 2-yard run to give them a 7-0. On the drive Lawry carried the ball six times for 66 yards.
“We wanted to send a statement today,” Lawry said. “Our offensive line won the battle today.”
As the game went on it was more of the same for the Old Dominion University-bound senior. Lawry finished the game with 277 yards on 25 carries and six total touchdowns, five rushing and one on a 64-yard punt return.
“This is probably the best game that I’ve ever had,” Lawry said. “Our offensive set the tone, I saw guys on the ground on most plays. All of the offensive line stepped up today.”
Kingsway senior offensive guard Ron Ippolite said the offensive line enjoys blocking for Lawry.
“If you make your block he is going to get yards,” Iopplite said. “It’s a lot of fun blocking for him.”
Lawry scored on runs of 52, 11, 11, 45, and 10 yards.
“We could not have more pleasure than blocking for Ray Lawry,” said Tim Brown, a senior offensive tackle for the Dragons. “He is a great kid we are always talking about different things, he is a great teammate.”
Vircillo said Lacey had difficulty dealing with Lawry’s cutting ability and his speed.
“He is a major college athlete,” Vircillo said. “He showed it tonight. When you are dealing with a special player like that you have to be able to handle it and it’s very difficult this year to do that. He was outstanding today.”
Despite the loss, Vircillo said there is plenty to take away for younger players on the team.
“Our young players can take away playing in a state game,” Vircillo said. “They can learn from this for next year. We will be able to build of this.”