Relentless Lancaster overwhelms Dallas Lincoln

DALLAS -- It didn't matter how big the lead grew, or that the starters were out of the game. Lancaster remained focused through all four quarters Friday night.

Lancaster coach Chris Gilbert was proud of the way his team continued to compete during a 74-7 win over Dallas Lincoln at Forester Stadium.

Lancaster (2-0) continued to work through offensive plays and defensive coverages in the second half, resulting in six more touchdowns and four forced turnovers.

“I liked our spirit,” Gilbert said. “I thought we competed and I liked our emotion. The kids came out with a purpose tonight.”

Emotions were high at the beginning of the rivalry matchup, but Lancaster pulled out to an early 12-0 lead on a 21-yard Davon Hodge touchdown pass to Demarcus Ayers and a 69-yard run by Devonte Gill.

Lancaster scored three more times in the second quarter, widening the lead to 34-7 at the half. The only score of the game for Lincoln (1-1) came with six minutes left in the second quarter on a 3-yard run by Erick Neal.

Lancaster stuck with the run game after halftime, including appearances from second- and third-string players, but found the scoreboard six more times in the second half.

Hodge finished with three touchdown passes, all in the first half. Lancaster added six rushing touchdowns and a pair of scores on on punt returns of 81 yards and 57 yards.

The only thing that didn't go right for the Lancaster was the kicking game, which went 0-for-5 on extra-point attempts and prompted Gilbert to go for two after the six other touchdowns.

Gilbert said he is proud of the level of talent he has on his squad.

“We’ve got a lot of weapons and a lot of guys that can do some stuff with the football,” Gibson said. “I’m pleased with what we can do with the ball. I like our skill.”