Lancaster’s Tyrell Henderson (5) and Demetrick Lee (80) break up a pass intended for a King & Queen receiver during last Friday’s season opener. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
The Devils racked up 435 yards in offense, including 280 on the ground, and seemed to score at will in a 62-6 win over the Royal Tigers.
“It was a nice opening win,” said Damien Crissey, who won his debut game as Lancaster’s new head coach. “It was a great job by the defense not allowing a touchdown [on King & Queen’s last possession].
“I was excited to see a lot of our younger guys getting playing time,” he added.
Senior starting quarterback Ricky Gibson had a hand in five LHS touchdowns, including two on defense. Gibson, who rushed seven times for 79 yards, opened the scoring for Lancaster with a one-yard quarterback keeper four minutes into the first quarter. He connected with Tyrell Henderson five minutes later on a 35-yard pass play and Jack Kelley kicked the first of his six PATs of the night to give Lancaster a 13-0 lead at the end of the quarter.
Lancaster blew the game open in the second, scoring three touchdowns during a six-minute span to take a 34-0 lead at the half. Devante Stewart, who rushed for 92 yards on six carries, scored on a seven-yard run midway through the second, then Gibson hit Henderson on their second scoring strike of the night with four minutes to play. Henderson grabbed a deflection off a King & Queen defender in the end zone for a 39-yard TD play, and on the Tigers’ next possession Gibson intercepted a Chris Edwards’ pass and ran it back 67 yards.
Behind junior quarterback Taylor Woolard, the Devils drove down the field to score on their opening possession of the second half when Woolard hit Demetrick Lee on a 40-yard pass play. Gibson picked off his second Edwards’ pass of the night on King & Queen’s first possession of the half and returned it 30 yards. Kelley’s kick put the Devils up 48-0 with nine minutes still to play in the third.
Lancaster’s Justin Washington, who had 24 yards on six carries, opened the fourth quarter with a one-yard TD run, and the Tigers finally found the end zone on the ensuing kickoff when Edwards went 82 yards on the return.
Any celebrating by King & Queen didn’t last long. Woolard took the first snap on Lancaster’s next possession and broke for a 46-yard scoring run. Woolard rushed only three times in the game but finished with 73 yards.
The Tigers, who only had 11 first downs in the game, made their only real offensive threat of the night late in the fourth and drove to the LHS one-yard line before the Devils’ first team defense retook the field and made a goal-line stand, preventing a score.
King & Queen rushed for only 79 yards on 28 attempts and had 42 yards on passes. Lancaster had 155 yards in the air and averaged over 10 yards a carry. Henderson led the receivers with four catches for 104 yards.
Defensively for the Devils, Kevin Thomas had five solo tackles, while Brad Smith, Kaliq Noel and Rasul Henderson had three each.
Lancaster.......................13 21 14 14 62
King & Queen..................0 0 0 6 6