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The day belonged to the defense in the annual Lancaster High School spring football game at Memorial Stadium on Friday afternoon.
The Gold team (defense) produced more big plays in posting a 47-37 win over the Blue team (offense).
“At this stage of the spring, it wasn’t a great suprise to see the defense get the win,” LHS head football coach Bennie McMurray said. “The defense is going to be ahead and today it showed.
“We were limited on offense because this was our only week of full contact,” McMurray said. “What we were able to accomplish on the offensive side is a credit to the work of our coaches and players in practice this week.”
In the game, the offense could score points by the conventional means and also by runs of 15 yards or more, pass plays of 20-plus yards and third-down conversions.
The defense notched points with turnovers, three-and-outs, sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles.
The defense, which had seven stops in the 90-minute scrimmage, posted a goal-line stand on the third series to boost its chances.
The Blue offense, guided by returning starting quarterback Shaq Williams, drove to the Gold 39 where it faced a third-and-16.
Williams connected with Kaderrious Jackson on a 25-yard pass to the Gold 14. On the play, the ball was tipped, but Jackson, who also saw action at quarterback in the scrimmage, was able to make the grab to keep the drive alive.
A play later, Williams whipped an 11-yard pass to C.D. Pelham at the Gold three.
At that point, the Gold stiffened to halt the Blue drive.
Williams was stopped for no gain on a pair of keepers around a pass that Gold defender Breshawn Reed batted down. On fourth down, Williams was stopped on a sweep right at the Gold five-yard line.
The Gold, later in the scrimmage, aided its points as Doopy Cloud picked off a pass and Trey Ingram pounced on a Blue fumble.
The Blue unit, with Cloud getting a look at quarterback after moving from the defense, scored its only touchdown on a 70-yard scoring drive.
Cloud whipped an 11-yard pass to Kiwan Anthony on a third-and-16 snap at the Gold 30. Four plays later, Cloud hit Tywan Anthony on a 26-yard touchdown pass.
On the conversion, Cloud dashed for two points on a keeper off the right edge.
“We have a lot of work to do on both sides of the football,” McMurray said. “At the same time, there were some bright spots out here today and this is a start.
“The big plus was we made it through today and we had no injuries. We need to keep that through the summer,” he said. “Overall, our spring went well. Our players did a good job.
“We had 86 players for our varsity and junior varsity and another 43 of rising ninth graders in our first week of practice,” McMurray said. “We feel we increased our numbers. The kids had fun and the enthusiasm was there. It’s promising.”
McMurray said the next week will be important.
“That’s exams and the players focus will be there,” he said. “We’ve stressed that to them.
“They will be off and return here May 31 to begin with weights and our summer program.”