Stockton McGuire passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as the War Eagles scored the first 39 points en route to a 52-19 road win over Mount Vernon Presbyterian on Saturday.
Aaron Burtz caught two touchdown passes and Sam Dobbs caught one for Landmark Christian, which scored on its first four possessions on the way to a 5-0 record.
“Stockton always plays great especially coming in as a sophomore,” said Landmark running back Darius Smith, who also had a rushing TD. “I think he has the potential to be one of the best quarterbacks that we’ve had at Landmark. His performance today, spreading the ball out to all of our receivers who sometimes don’t even actually get the ball is completely impressive. He’s a super athlete.”
The War Eagles’ defense was also directly responsible for two touchdowns in the first half.
With just over four minutes left in the opening quarter and the Mustangs on their own 3-yard line, Landmark forced a fumble and recovered the ball in the end zone for a 25-0 lead. Then late in the second quarter, Titus Creamer ended Mount Vernon’s longest drive up until that point with an interception, which he returned 55 yards for a TD.
“At practice our scout team gives our defense such a good look,” Smith said. “They help prepare the defense so well.”
Since Landmark led 46-6 at the half, Mount Vernon Presbyterian coach Ryan Zimmerman agreed to let the running-clock stipulation begin in the third quarter.
Lofton Tidwell ran for a 40-yard touchdown and DJ Brown had an interception for Landmark, which hosts Our Lady of Mercy this Friday.
“Our coaches always tell us you either get better or worse and I feel like we got better in preparation for our next three opponents which are probably going to be the biggest games of our season,” Smith said.