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Lancaster High School’s long football season came to an end as the South Pointe High School Stallions made short work of the host Bruins on Friday, Nov. 8 at Memorial Stadium.
South Pointe, ranked No. 10 in the latest Class AAAA state poll, forged a 28-0 halftime lead on the way to a 42-0 Region III-AAAA victory.
The Stallions, striking by its air and ground forces as well as their defensive side, went to work early and steadily built their margin to hand LHS its eighth straight loss to close a dismal campaign.
“This game typified our whole season,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said. “We didn’t make the plays when we needed to and they did.”
The Stallions, 9-2, 6-1, struck on their first possession as SPHS quarterback Zaylin Burris hit Kyle Brant from 34 yards out for the first of two scoring passes with 9:19 to play in the first quarter.
The Stallions extended their lead in just over three minutes as Burris, on an option keeper, bolted 36 yards for a 14-0 lead after Kyle Dix drilled the conversion with 6:12 to play in the first period.
The Stallions struck two more times in the first half.
The SPHS defense delivered the next score as Travon Byers returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown and a 21-0 lead with 10:27 left before the break.
Late in the half, Byers struck again with an interception he returned to the Lancaster 12.
The Stallions tallied on the third play afterward as Burris whipped a 10-yard touchdown pas to Brandt for his second TD of the night.
“We had a hard time moving the ball on offense and we didn’t help ourselves with key turnovers,” McMurray said.
“Turnovers have plagued us often this season.”
The interception was big for SPHS.
It came two snaps after LHS junior quarterback Keendarius Truesdale had hit junior receiver Jay Hood on a 29-yard pass play to the SPHS 45.
“We had a big play there, but couldn’t keep it going,” McMurray said. “We were on the brink, but couldn’t keep moving. That’s been a problem this season.”
The Stallions tallied twice in the second half to seal their win.
A third Williams’ pick led to a Stallions’ score. SPHS drove 59 yards in seven plays, with Burriss scoring on a two-yard keeper for a 35-0 lead.
The Stallions’ final points came off a 52-yard drive, with Quay Hope rushing seven yards for the score with 5:54 to play.
“Give South Pointe credit because they came in and made the plays and took care of business,” McMurray said. “We didn’t have an answer and hurt ourselves with turnovers.
“This was a tough night in a tough season,” McMurray said. “I feel for our seniors. It wasn’t the season we wanted. I appreciate what they’ve done for our program. I feel they are winners and I wish them the best for the future.”
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