Sunday, November 3, 2013
Guy, Scifres highlight special teams play
By Eric D. Williams
LANDOVER, Md. -- One of the few bright spots on an otherwise disappointing day for the San Diego Chargers was the performance of the special teams’ unit.
Defensive end Lawrence Guy has been on the roster for only four weeks, but he made an impact against Washington, blocking a 25-yard field goal attempt by Kai Forbath, the Chargers' first blocked field goal attempt in 11 years.
“Every time I line up in that situation, my focus is on getting penetration and blocking the ball,” Guy said. “So that’s basically what I did. We got some penetration, I got my hands up and I blocked the ball.”
The play was Guy’s second blocked field goal this season. He also blocked a 48-yard field goal attempt by Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka that safety Delano Howell returned for a 61-yard score while Guy played for Indianapolis last month.
Guy also knocked down a Robert Griffin III pass attempt that teammate Sean Lissemore caught in the end zone for a touchdown -- San Diego’s first defensive touchdown of the season.
“It was kind of suspended in the air between people and all sorts of stuff,” Lissemore said about the play. “So I looked down, saw something brown and held onto it. It was kind of tough down there. People were pawing at it and grabbing it, but we ended up getting the touchdown.”
Defensive end Corey Liuget also blocked a 59-yard Forbath field goal attempt at the end of the half.
San Diego punter Mike Scifres also had a good day, finishing with two punts downed on the 1-yard line.
The first punt was an impressive play by receiver Seyi Ajirotutu. As the gunner, Ajirotutu raced down the field, diving and batting the ball back into the field of play before it reached the end zone. Safety Darrell Stuckey downed the ball on the 1-yard line.
The other one was a shorter, 35-yard kick that Scifres angled toward the sideline, with the coffin-corner kick bouncing out just before it reached the goal line.
Scifres said it’s the first time he’s had two punts downed on the 1-yard line in a game.
“He made a great play on the first one,” Scifres said. “And on the second one, on that short of field, we just played the sideline.”