Waked leads Marina to Black & Blue win

September 17, 2011|By Mike Sciacca

WESMINSTER – Alex Waked got his first start at quarterback Friday against old-time rival Westminster.

Coincidentally, Marina got its first win of the 2011 season.

Waked, who usually stars at running back and also plays defensive back, stepped in and stepped up at Boswell Field to guide the Vikings past the Lions, 21-14, in the 48th annual Black & Blue game at Westminster High.

The senior found out Monday that he would start in place of junior Deshon Champion who had started Marina's first two games of the season. Waked said his teammates rallied round him in the days leading up to the neighborhood gridiron bash.


Sophomore Shane Green also played a few series in place of Waked during the game.

"I was a little nervous out there but I love the pressure," Waked said. "I played quarterback during my freshman year and a bit during the summer this year, so it wasn't completely new to me. My offensive line really picked me up all week and everyone was really great. It's my senior year, and my last Westminster game, so I was ready to go."

Waked scored Marina's first touchdown early in the first quarter. The Vikings (1-2) led the entire way and held off a late comeback attempt by the Lions (0-2) to give second-year head coach George Pascoe his second-straight win in the rivalry game.

"It's always good to beat Westminster, your rival," he said. "We got off to a great start but then got a bit stagnant and didn't execute as well the rest of the game. But I thought Alex did an outstanding job tonight and I thought our defense played great throughout the entire game."

Waked had a big game against the Lions for the second-straight year. Last year, he rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-26 Marina victory. On Friday, he would have surpassed that rushing total but he had a pair of runs that totaled 124 yards - one a 54-yard touchdown run, that were negated by holding calls against the Vikings.

Marina wasted little time in pouncing on Westminster. The Vikings took the opening kickoff and worked their way down field before Waked punctuated the drive with a five-yard touchdown run on a keeper. On Westminster's initial possession of the game, Marina sophomore linebacker James Myers intercepted Dominic Pendergrass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown. Landon Marshall's second conversion kick put the Vikings in front, 14-0, midway through the opening quarter.

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