Chargers return to winning ways

Published 10:22 pm Tuesday, April 23, 2013

After the Suffolk Chargers’ sub-par performance last week, their coach, Anthony Waddler, vowed that the following game would be different.

The Chargers made good on their coach’s word by delivering a 22-18 come-from-behind victory over the visiting Charlottesville Kryptonite at Camelot Park in Chesapeake on Saturday.

“The whole team was fired up the whole game, and we played with a whole lot of heart, and we just took the game over and got the win,” Waddler said.

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Earlier in the season, the Kryptonite dealt the Chargers their first loss, 22-6. Waddler said the Kryptonite issued a reminder of that game, which served to fuel the Chargers’ fire this time out.

“They put it up on YouTube, and then they posted it on our (Facebook) team page so we can see it,” Waddler said. “And I told my team, ‘You can’t let another (team) come to your house and disrespect you like that.’”

As with last week against the Fredericksburg Bears, Suffolk trailed 7-0 at halftime, but the second half was a different story.

Wide receiver Brandon Davis caught a touchdown to put the Chargers on the board.

“It was like every time we scored, they scored, and we shut them down,” Waddler said. “The fourth quarter, we really put our foot down.”

He pointed out a major improvement in the Chargers’ defensive play that restored his team to its winning ways.

“We stopped the run,” he said. “Last week and the last time we played the Kryptonite, we could not stop the run. This time, all the guys, they fought for the ball, they took on blocks and everybody really attacked the ball really well Saturday.”

Suffolk was up 22-12 in the final period. The Kryptonite got an interception and scored to come within four, but then Chargers’ offense held the ball in the waning moments to secure the win.

Waddler gave credit to quarterback Walter Boykins, who began the game at wide receiver, and then went behind center to throw for more than 200 yards.

“He really did excellent,” Waddler said. “He didn’t start at QB, but he came in, he picked up the pace, and he threw the ball very well.”

Brandon Davis had three catches for 102 yards.

On defense, defensive backs Lucius Riley and Carlos Lawrence drew accolades from Waddler and offensive coordinator David Turner. Riley had five tackles and an interception, and Lawrence contributed a couple of big tackles.

Aside from not traveling well, the Chargers had some other obstacles to victory in their previous meeting against the Kryptonsite, Turner recalled.

“(The Kryptonite) had a death on their team, so they were playing real emotionally,” Turner said of the March 30 game. “We just didn’t match their intensity. Plus, we were missing a lot of players, so when we got around to play them this week, we had everybody intact for the most part, so that made a lot of difference.”

Defensive end Daquon Frazier was back after being out of town the previous game, and cornerback Swendell Stephens returned from having a broken finger.

The Chargers (5-2) will travel to Virginia Beach to face the Virginia Swarm on Saturday at Dré Bly Field at 7 p.m.