Chestnut Ridge had plenty of potential distractions surrounding Friday night’s game with Maryland’s Northern Garrett.

It was senior night for the Lions, their head coach Max Shoemaker was approaching milestone victory No. 100 and a District 5 playoff date with North Star is on the horizon.

The Lions, however, were all business after the pre-game ceremonies, delivering a 28-8 victory over the Huskies.

Shoemaker said his team was not fazed by the milestone and likely was not even aware of the record until it was announced after the game and a ball was presented to him by the 11 seniors on the Lions roster.

“This means two things: That you have been around for a long time to win that many, and you’ve had the chance to coach some really great kids along the way,” Shoemaker said. “That most definitely includes this class of seniors.”

Chestnut Ridge (4-4) went into halftime with a 7-0 lead after Adam Musselman alertly recovered a fumble by the Lions in the Huskies end zone for the lone score of the first half.

Tentative and locked in a defensive battle in the first half, the Lions raced out to a fast start in the third quarter as senior Andy Tomovich took the opening kickoff 80 yards through the center of the coverage to double the Lions’ lead just 12 seconds into the half.

“In the locker room we were talking about putting the first half behind us and get something quick after the break,” Shoemaker said. “We missed some chances early, but (Tomovich’s) return loosened us up and got us going.”

Riding the emotional boost from the return, the Lions continued to take control of the game. Senior leadership paved the way for Chestnut Ridge as tight defense gave way to the ground game led by fullback Josh McDannell.

Called the team’s “workhorse” by his coach, McDannell put together a solid performance on senior night performance, pounding out 170 yards on the ground to go along with two touchdowns.

“We kind of tailor the offense to complement what he is able to do and we just get behind him game after game and he delivers for us,” Shoemaker said.

McDannell extended the Lions lead late in the third quarter, as six of nine plays on the drive called his number and he capped the drive with a 5-yard scamper.

His second score, from 21 yards out, put the game out of reach for the Huskies (2-6).

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