Lancaster tops Lincoln in emotion-filled game

LANCASTER -- Emotions ran high in Friday’s game matching Lancaster with Dallas Lincoln at Beverly D. Humphrey Tiger Stadium. In a game where there were several ejections and more personal fouls than scoring plays, Lancaster was victorious, 19-10.

Lancaster coach Randy Jackson was more frustrated with the numerous 15-yard penalties his team gave up than he was happy for the win after the game.

“That isn’t representative of how we want our school to look,” Jackson said. “We won the game but we didn’t win with class, and that isn’t acceptable.”

The majority of the game’s scoring took place in the first half, when tempers were still calm.

Lancaster quarterback Davon Hodge was a force on the ground, scoring twice in the first quarter. His first touchdown scamper came from 46 yards out, as he found a seam up the middle of the field and pulled away from the defense after the first 10 yards.

Hodge's second run put a cap on a long offensive drive, scoring the touchdown from the 3-yard line on the quarterback keeper. After a second missed extra point, Lancaster led, 12-3.

The second and third quarters were a series of fumbles and personal fouls, preventing either team from getting close to the end zone.

Lincoln halfback Trevante Ebron took advantage of the sloppy play to put on a one-man offensive show for his team. He displayed his athletic ability the entire game, dragging defenders for up to 10 extra yards and hurdling over would-be tacklers.

His effort was rewarded in the fourth as he found the end zone for Lincoln’s first touchdown of the night from 2 yards out, cutting the deficit to 12-10 with just under seven minutes left in the game.

Lancaster put the game away with its next drive, moving the ball 42 yards in 12 plays, running more than five minutes off the clock. Hodge ended the drive and the game with a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:31 left on the clock.

Hodge went 5-for-8 passing in the second half for 52 yards to go along with his success on the ground.

Jackson said there is still a lot for his team to learn through the win, and his Tigers will have the personal foul penalties fixed by their next game.

“We’re going to get better,” Jackson said. “That’s the good thing we can take from this game. We won but we can get better and we’re going to get a lot better.”