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Lancaster starts season with win over Carter…again

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By R. Lamar Brooks

Last year’s 20-0 shellacking of the Carter Cowboys has become a bit of a trend after Friday night’s 25-13 “zero week” victory by the Lancaster Tigers at DISD’s Kincaide Stadium.

In their first year at their respective schools, both Chris Gilbert (Head Coach of Lancaster) and Patrick Williams (Carter’s Head Coach) have local ties. Gilbert was head coach at South Oak Cliff before joining the Terrell Tigers the past two years.  Williams was one of legendary Carter coach Freddie James’ best running backs before graduating in 1991. Williams also has history with Lancaster as he has helped man the defense the past five years for the Tigers.

Before the game, Gilbert said, “I want us to get better every week. Usually, on the best teams I have been a part of, that is what happens.”

Lancaster indeed seemed to get better as the game wore on. After a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers’ senior signal-caller Davon Hodge hooked up with the fleet senior wide out Demarcus Ayers on a beautiful 47 yard strike.  The pass finished off a 4-play drive to put Lancaster on top, 6-0 with 11:50 remaining in the second quarter after a blown extra point attempt.

Carter would answer 13 seconds later with a sensational kickoff return from senior D’Arric Thomas who found the creases in the Lancaster defense and scurried into the end zone to help Carter advance to a 7-6 lead.

Lancaster took back the momentum as they rode both Hodge and Ayers on a 64-yard scoring drive to go back on top 12-7. Ayer’s 7-yard jaunt continued to showcase his ability to move the ball at critical junctures for the Tigers.

Carter countered with a series of runs by workhorse senior Jordan Griffin and stable mate Louis Cummings as they put together a 68-yard scoring drive to go back on top of Lancaster 13-12, as D’Cardio Cottonham rumbled 11 yards for the score.

Unfortunately for Carter, their halftime 13-12 lead would be their last as Lancaster’s Aaron Johnson recovered Carter’s fumble in the end zone to build their lead back up to 18-13.

Carter’s ball control offense was not diverse enough (only 4 pass attempts on the night) to stay with the Tigers. Lancaster tacked on a late 4th quarter 54-yard run score by their playmaker, Demarcus Ayers to seal the deal in the 25-13 final.

For the night, Ayers’ 3 touchdowns and 24 yards “per touch” would pace the Tigers while Carter’s Jordan Griffin led Carter with 74-yards rushing.

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