High School: Lancaster

DeSoto, Lancaster sweep UIL state track titles

May, 13, 2012
DeSoto and Lancaster swept away the competition over the weekend at the UIL state track and field championships in Austin.

DeSoto won both team titles in Class 5A, and Lancaster doubled up on Class 4A team championships.

Plano East's Jennifer Madu was the star of the meet, winning individual gold medals in four events, the 100- and 200-meter dashes, the long jump and the triple jump, single-handedly lifting the Lady Panthers to fourth place in the Class 5A team standings.

North Texas schools had a strong overall showing.

In the Class 4A girls competition, Carrollton Newman Smith (third), Carrollton Creekview (fourth), and Little Elm (fifth) joined Lancaster with top-five finishes.

For Class 4A boys, Lancaster was joined Fort Worth Southwest (second) and Mansfield Summit (fourth) among the top five.

Metroplex girls teams took the top four spots in Class 5A, with Garland (second), Mansfield Timberview (third) and Plano East (fourth) coming in behind DeSoto.

Mansfield Timberview (third) and South Grand Prairie (fourth) joined DeSoto with top-five finishes in the Class 5A boys competition.

Here are the area athletes and relay teams who earned top-three event finishes in Class 4A and 5A:

  • 3,200: 2. Troy Taylor, Justin Northwest; 3. Kevyn Hoyos, Hebron
  • 4x100 relay: 1. Desoto; Mansfield Timberview
  • 800: 3. William Stovall, DeSoto
  • 110 hurdles: None
  • 100: 1. Abraham Hall, South Grand Prairie; 3. Tremayne Acy, DeSoto
  • 4x200 relay: 2. DeSoto
  • 400: 1. Aldrich Bailey, Mansfield Timberview
  • 300 hurdles: None
  • 200: 1. Abraham Hall, South Grand Prairie
  • 1,600: 3. Troy Taylor, Justin Northwest
  • 4x400 relay: 1. Duncanville; 3. Mansfield Timberview
  • Discus: 3. Jeff Bartlett, Dallas Jesuit
  • High jump: None
  • Long jump: 3. Justin Wilson, McKinney Boyd
  • Pole vault: None
  • Shot put: None
  • Triple jump: None
  • 3,200: None
  • 4x100 relay: 1. Garland; 2. DeSoto
  • 800: 2. Kristyn Williams, Mansfield Timberview; 3. LaTrica Brooks, Dallas Skyline
  • 100 hurdles: 3. Bianca Jackson, Garland
  • 100: 1. Jennifer Madu, Plano East; 2. Mia Pollard, Keller Fossil Ridge; 3. Dephanie Adeyemi, Flower Mound
  • 4x200 relay: 1. Garland; 2. Dallas Skyline
  • 400: 2. Kristyn Williams, Mansfield Timberview; 3. Travia Jones, Rowlett
  • 300 hurdles: 3. Tia' Gamble, DeSoto
  • 200: 1. Jennifer Madu, Plano East; 2. Dephanie Adeyemi, Flower Mound
  • 1,600: 1. Courtney Kriegshauser, Southlake Carroll
  • 4x400 relay: 1. Mansfield Timberview; 2. DeSoto; 3. Duncanville
  • Discus: 1. Shelbi Vaughan, Mansfield Legacy
  • High jump: None
  • Long jump: 1. Jennifer Madu, Plano East; 2. Bre'Yana Wash, Dallas Skyline
  • Pole vault: 1. Desiree Freier, Justin Northwest; 3. Zoe McKinley, Grapevine
  • Shot put: 1. Shelbi Vaughan, Mansfield Legacy
  • Triple jump: 1. Jennifer Madu, Plano East; 2. Paetyn Revell, DeSoto
  • 3,200: None
  • 4x100 relay: 1. Fort Worth Southwest; 2. Lancaster; 3. Mansfield Summit
  • 800: 3. Alec Saucedo, Red Oak
  • 110 hurdles: 1. Bryce Grace, Dallas Bryan Adams; 3. Tequille Jackson, Lancaster
  • 100: 3. Eldridge Massington, West Mesquite
  • 4x200 relay: 1. Lancaster; 2. Fort Worth Southwest
  • 400: 3. Gerald Thomas, The Colony
  • 300 hurdles: 1. Larron Black, Mansfield Summit; 2. Tequille Jackson, Lancaster
  • 200: 1. Robert Rhodes, Fort Worth Southwest; 2. Thaddeus Coleman, Dallas Lincoln
  • 1,600: None
  • 4x400 relay: 2. Denton Ryan; 3. McKinney North
  • Discus: 3. Joas Aguilar, Birdville
  • High jump: 3. Quin Crenshaw, Dallas Bryan Adams
  • Long jump: 2. Corey Coleman, Richardson Pearce; 3. Adam Grant, McKinney
  • Pole vault: None
  • Shot put: None
  • Triple jump: None
  • 3,200: 2. Natalie Rathjen, Highland Park
  • 4x100 relay: 1. Lancaster; 2. Little Elm
  • 800: 3. Meghan Shea, McKinney
  • 100 hurdles: 2. Kiana Hawn, Forney
  • 100: 2. Marika Brown, Little Elm; 3. Eboni Coby, Lancaster
  • 4x200 relay: 1. Lancaster; 2. Crowley
  • 400: 1. Courtney Okolo, Carrollton Newman Smith
  • 300 hurdles: 1. Melissa Gonzalez, Carrollton Creekview; 2. Kiana Hawn, Forney; 3. Taije Jordan, Lancaster
  • 200: 1. Courtney Okolo, Carrollton Newman Smith; 3. Marika Brown, Little Elm
  • 1,600: 2. Meghan Shea, McKinney
  • 4x400 relay: 1. Carrollton Newman Smith; 2. Lancaster; 3. Crowley
  • Discus: None
  • High jump: None
  • Long jump: 1. Brianna Richardson, Rockwall-Heath
  • Pole vault: 1. Lakan Taylor, Fort Worth Boswell; 3. Ashley Thompson, Frisco
  • Shot put: None
  • Triple jump: 1. Brianna Richardson, Rockwall-Heath; 2. Lauren Nwegbo, Mesquite Poteet
DALLAS -- The third time was the charm for West Mesquite in its season series with District 15-4A rival Lancaster.

West Mesquite took the one that counted most, knocking Lancaster out of the 5A playoffs with a 64-63 win in the regional quarterfinals at Ellis Davis Field House on Tuesday.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.com West Mesquite edged district rival Lancaster to advance to the regional tournament.
With his team trailing 63-59, West Mesquite guard Braylon Rayson hit a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left to bring the Wranglers within one. The shot looked more like a half-court runner as Rayson threw up the prayer in traffic but sunk it like it was a routine set-shot.

“A 'W' went through my mind. I’m used to those shots but I don’t usually take them,” Rayson said. “My thought was just to score, and we needed a big 3 and I hit it.”

West Mesquite (28-7) forced a turnover on the inbounds pass with 20 seconds left and milked the clock until guard Jalen Etienne pulled up for a free throw line jumper that bounced back off the back iron. Etienne was able to gather his own rebound and hit a close floater, giving his team a one-point lead with nine ticks left.

“He was super huge tonight,” West Mesquite coach Todd Brewer said. “Did a great job defensively and came back late and did some big things. Super game for him.”

Etienne finished with 17 points, coming mostly in the second quarter off layups created by steals and turnovers. He trailed only Rayson, who finished with a team-high 18.

Lancaster’s Bobby Word also finished with 18 points.

Boys brackets: 5A »   4A »
Girls brackets: 5A »   4A »
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Lancaster (21-7) had one last chance off a baseline inbounds play beneath its basket, but forward Daeshone Hall couldn’t make the ball fall into the net after it bounced several times on the rim, ending the Tigers' season.

“We tried to deny the cuts,” Brewer said. “We didn’t exactly do what we needed to in that situation. We still made a couple plays, he missed the shot and we’re here winning.”

West Mesquite went into the half up 36-30 after winning the first quarter for the first time in the team’s three-game season series. West Mesquite had held the lead in the second game of the three, but wavered in the second half, which led to a 91-64 Lancaster blowout.

The difference between the that game and Tuesday's, Brewer said, was the atmosphere surrounding the playoff game.

West Mesquite advances to the regional tournament to play South Oak Cliff at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Garland’s Special Event Center.

“Boy-howdy, I don’t know [when the last time West Mesquite played in the regional tournament],” Brewer said. “It’s been a while, but it’s definitely going to be fun.”

Ennis in 15-4A stretch drive hitting stride

February, 9, 2012
Ennis boys basketball coach Jerry Mason says Tuesday’s Senior Night home game against West Mesquite has the potential to be an emotional one.

This year’s senior class were freshmen when Mason took over the program four years ago. They have been instrumental changing the fortunes of Ennis basketball.

One of senior leaders of the Lions’ resurgence is the coach‘s son, Jordan Mason, a four-year starter who has signed a letter of intent with Colorado State.

With the 6-2 Mason averaging 19.4 points a game, Ennis (17-12, 11-3 in District 15-4A) is on track for its third consecutive playoff appearance. The Lions travel to Red Oak for a 7 p.m. game Friday before finishing the regular season against West Mesquite.

Mason’s scoring average is a couple of points below his career numbers due to more defensive attention he sees, according to his dad.

“I don’t blame ’em, I’d do the same thing if I were playing us,’’ Jerry Mason said. “But it has allowed him to learn how to develop in other areas. Jordan has progressed. He never played until he was in the seventh grade.’’

After living his early years with his mother, Jordan came to live with his father.

“His mom did a great job raising him, but her job made it hard when it came to things like getting him to basketball practice,’’ the coach said. “So he came to live with me.

“Jordan can play either the point or shooting guard. If he is left alone, he is a pretty consistent shooter. But he’s more fun to watch off the dribble.’’

Backcourt mate LaBradford Willis, a 6-1 guard who transferred from Lancaster, is Ennis’ second-leading scorer with a 13.3 average. Willis is starting to draw the attention of college recruiters, the coach said.

Coming off a 26-6 record last season that included a 15-4A title, Ennis began the 2011-2012 campaign as a ranked team. But after a challenging non-district schedule that included several Class 5A teams and a 2-2 start in district, Ennis slipped out of the polls.

“I think that took a little of the pressure away,’’ the coach said.

The Lions have since won 10 of 11, handing 15-4A leader Lancaster its only district defeat.

“I hope we’re peaking at the right time,’’ the coach said.

Lancaster leads long-lasting 15-4A boys race

January, 4, 2012
League games are just beginning in some boys basketball districts, but in 15-4A, teams have played almost a third of their district schedule.

Because of the size of 15-4A (nine schools), 16 games with bye dates are required for the home-and-away round-robin, necessitating the start of league games in November.

A three-team battle is shaping up with Lancaster (6-0), West Mesquite (4-1) and Red Oak (4-1) separating themselves from the pack.

Lancaster already owns a road win over West Mesquite and hosts Red Oak at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Tigers have four players averaging double figures in their district wins:

*Bobby Word (16.3), a 6-2 junior and a solid 3-point shooter.

*Daeshon Hall (13.8), a 6-7 senior post.

*D.J. Foster (12.0), a 6-4 senior forward who excels in going to the basket.

*Brandon Fisher (10.2), a 5-10 senior guard.

Red Oak suffered its first 15-4A loss Tuesday to West Mesquite, 68-50. The Hawks are led by 6-7 senior Luke Eubank.

Lancaster made it to the Class 4A state finals in the 2009-2010 season, losing in the title game to Houston Yates.

Marcus, Findlay Prep set for big hoops matchup

December, 1, 2011
After conquering Texas last year, Flower Mound Marcus is looking to conquer the nation.

The Marauders -- who return starters Marcus Smart, Phil Forte, Nick Banyard and A.J. Luckey from their 2010-11 Class 5A state championship team -- have a showdown against perennial national power Findlay Prep this weekend.

Marcus, No. 5 in the ESPNHS Fab 50 preseason national rankings, went 39-1 last year and has won its first eight games this year.

Findlay, from Henderson, Nev., is No. 8 in the ESPNHS Fab 50. The Pilots are looking to rebound from what they consider a down season when they went 28-4, losing more games than they did in the previous three years combined.

The Marcus-Findlay game tips off at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Lancaster High School.

The Marauders will play at the same location Friday night, taking on Lancaster at 7:30 p.m.

Lancaster one win from clearing another hurdle

November, 15, 2011
When first-year Lancaster coach Chris Gilbert learned last spring the Tigers hadn’t had a nine-win season in at least 25 years, he made it a goal to end the streak.

That mission was accomplished with last week’s 33-27 Class 4A Division II bi-district victory over Hutto.

Bi-district »   Area round »
Region semis »   Region finals »
State semis »   Finals »   Totals »

Class 5A: Div. I | Div. II
Class 4A: Div. I | Div. II

5A Division I: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
5A Division II: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
4A Division I: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
4A Division II: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2

The Tigers (9-2) now have a chance to make it to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since the 2000 season if they can pull off an area playoff victory over Kilgore (7-4). Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Friday at Corsicana.

“We’ve yet to play a game when we clicked the way we are capable on both sides of the ball,’’ Gilbert said. “That‘s what we‘re hoping for this week. We’re excited about the way things have been going. The kids are playing with confidence.’’

Lancaster possesses depth at the skill positions and Gilbert is not afraid to utilize it.

The Tigers routinely play three quarterbacks, three tailbacks, three tight ends and five or six wide receivers.

Senior Davon Hodge is the starting quarterback but sophomore Nick Harvey, a starter at defensive back, and junior Demarcus Ayers, a starting wide receiver, are aware they will be under center at some point in every game.

“I’ve never played three quarterbacks because I’ve never had this many weapons,’’ Gilbert said. “The reason it has worked is the unselfishness of our kids. It makes this team special. We’re all able to share in a little bit of the gumbo.’’

Gilbert said he doesn’t have a structured plan of when a quarterback change will be made. If things are going well, he may stick with one or he might change if a couple of series haven’t been successful and the Tigers need a spark.

With running backs, he substitutes according to what kind of run is required.

“I know the strengths of all three,’’ Gilbert said. “Some are better inside, some outside.’’

Defensively, the Tigers are led by their front four of Windell Chalmers, Travion Williams, Daeshon Hall and George Ramos. That foursome figures to be tested by a physical, run-oriented Kilgore squad.

“Kilgore has two really good running backs,’’ Gilbert said. “We’ve got to hold in there and meet them with force.’’

The Lancaster-Kilgore winner will meet the winner of the Frisco-Dallas Lincoln game in the regional round.

4A-II preview: Region 2 deep in quality teams

November, 8, 2011

Overview: This region might be one of the most intriguing for area teams. There are quality teams in Frisco Centennial, Corsicana, Wylie East, Frisco and Lancaster in this region, but their ability to make a deep run into the playoffs is somewhat in question.

Bi-district »   Area round »
Region semis »   Region finals »
State semis »   Finals »   Totals »

Class 5A: Div. I | Div. II
Class 4A: Div. I | Div. II

5A Division I: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
5A Division II: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
4A Division I: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
4A Division II: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2

To their advantage, they won’t have to face the likes of Aledo or Stephenville until the state semifinals, but there a plenty of other roadblocks to overcome just to get that far.

Favorite: Frisco Centennial. The Titans (10-0) come into the playoffs highly touted as one of the top programs in the state this season. The atmosphere that surrounds local Frisco matchups gives Centennial an advantage in preparation for playoff football. Also, look out for Corsicana, which made it through one of the toughest districts in North Texas, District 15-4A, with just one loss. The Tigers could easily ride one of the area’s top running backs, Cameron Washington, deep into the playoffs.

Watch out for: Wylie East. The Raiders (8-2) came onto the scene as one of the biggest surprises of the season in their second year of varsity competition. East gave district champion and ESPN Dallas 4A No. 1 Highland Park a run for its money earlier on the year and has rolled on solid momentum throughout the season. It could take a few teams by surprise in the playoffs and make a historic run.

Can’t wait to see: Wylie East-Frisco (1 p.m. Saturday, Plano's Clark Stadium). Wylie East begins with a tough test against Frisco (8-2), which had resurgence the year. The winner of this matchup should have easy going through the next couple of rounds.

Hope to see: Frisco Centennial vs. Corsicana. This matchup of two very athletic teams wouldn’t happen until the third round, but both seem more than fit to make it that far. This game could easily be the “championship” of this region a round early.

Talent pool (FBS recruits): Sulpher Springs: RB Kendrick Daniels (Arkansas State); Kilgore: RB Ladarius Anthony (TCU); Hutto: QB Ryan Higgins (Louisiana Tech); Lancaster: CB La’Darius Newbold (Tech).

What we got right: Almost all of the 4A poll. The only change is South Oak Cliff jumped back into the No. 10 spot with a quality win over Seagoville.

What we got wrong: We may have overestimated Allen. While they do play in what is arguably the toughest district in the area, the Eagles have made a habit of just barely escaping games to keep their undefeated record intact. Dallas Skyline has pushed its way up the poll with consistent, dominating performances and deserves the No. 1 spot in 5A. Southlake Carroll has also made a habit of letting teams get back into games in the second half, resulting in Flower Mound Marcus, whose only loss was against Allen, passing the Dragons into the No. 5 spot.

Say hello to: 5A -- N/A; 4A -- Dallas South Oak Cliff

Say goodbye to: 5A -- N/A; 4A -- Fort Worth Southwest

Watch out for: 5A -- Garland, Denton Guyer; 4A -- Lancaster, Fort Worth Southwest

Tell us: Which 5A district is the toughest? Vote in the poll and use the comment section below to defend your choice.

Lancaster finds strength in numbers in 15-4A

October, 18, 2011
It isn’t one player or even a handful of players behind Lancaster’s 6-1 record.

“We’re playing a lot of kids,’’ said coach Chris Gilbert, in his first season at Lancaster. “I’m probably playing more kids than I ever have in my career. We routinely alternate five or six defensive backs, three running backs and we’ve used three quarterbacks. It has taken effort from all of them.’’

Gilbert, who observed the Tigers from afar in prior years, said the program has depth.

“I really feel like we have a little way to go, but I like where we are now,’’ Gilbert said. “I’ve talked to our players about peaking at the right time and I really feel that’s why Friday night’s game is so important.’’

Lancaster (4-1 in 15-4A) goes on the road to meet district leader Waxahachie (6-1, 5-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lumpkins Stadium.

“It will be a playoff-type atmosphere and I want to see how we handle it,’’ Gilbert said.

In another road game with a playoff-type atmosphere in Corsicana, the Tigers sputtered early and couldn’t recover, losing 55-38.

Lancaster has won three since Corsicana, including a come-from-behind 20-19 thriller over Mesquite Poteet last week. Sophomore Nick Harvey scored Lancaster’s winning touchdown on a 19-yard run midway in the fourth quarter.

“The defense carried us against Poteet,’’ Gilbert said.

The Tigers for years have been known for outstanding play in the secondary, and it is true again, but they are also getting great effort up front from senior defensive tackle Windell Chalmers (6-foot, 245) and junior defensive end Deandre Hall (6-7, 215).

“Waxahachie has a great team,’’ Gilbert said. “They have a great running back and quarterback and a big offensive line. Defensively, they are very quick and move around a lot. We really need a good start.’’

After the Indians, Lancaster closes the regular season with games against Terrell and at Red Oak.

Rankings: Bye weeks mean changes are limited

September, 18, 2011

What we got right: Pretty much the entire Class 5A top 10. Only three ranked teams played, and none of them lost, so nobody dropped out this week. The only movement in 5A was Colleyville Heritage and Plano swapping the Nos. 9 and 10 spots.

What we got wrong: Lancaster is on a roller-coaster ride through the beginning of the season, losing to Corsicana and dropping back out of the 4A poll after climbing to No. 8. The vacancy allows DISD schools to take the bottom two positions in the 4A poll, Dallas Kimball and Dallas South Oak Cliff.

Say hello to: 5A -- None; 4A -- Dallas South Oak Cliff

Say goodbye to: 5A -- None; 4A -- Lancaster

Watch out for: 5A -- Denton Guyer, Hebron and Mansfield; 4A -- Fort Worth Arlington Heights, Lake Dallas and Frisco Liberty

Corsicana, Lancaster seek share of 15-4A lead

September, 14, 2011
No. 8 LANCASTER (3-0, 1-0) at No. 5 CORSICANA (3-0, 1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at
Corsicana's Tiger Stadium

When we saw them last: Lancaster squeezed out a 28-27 overtime victory over Forney in a District 15-4A opener last week on Tre’ White’s two-point conversion run. Corsicana snapped a 35-35 tie with four minutes to play on a 31-yard touchdown pass from DeVontay Bell to Chris Edding for a 43-35 victory over 15-4A foe West Mesquite.

2010 result: Lancaster quarterback Davon Hodge threw for 134 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-7 victory over Corsicana in Lancaster. The home team broke open a 7-7 deadlock with 14 points in the fourth quarter.

What’s at stake: The winner will be in a tie for the District 15-4A lead along with the Red Oak-Mesquite Poteet winner.

Key matchup: Corsicana’s 6-foot, 190-pound senior running back Cameron Washington vs. Lancaster’s run defense. In last year’s game, Washington was limited to 41 yards on 13 carries. The Lancaster defense held its first two opponents’ ball carriers this season to an average of just over 3 yards per attempt. But Forney had great success on the ground against Lancaster last week, rushing for 238 yards and three touchdowns.

Players to watch: Lancaster receiver Jaquan White is Hodge’s favorite target with 13 catches for 220 yards and three touchdowns. Corsicana’s Christian Hines, who had a 1,000-yard receiving season last year, had eight catches for 128 yards and touchdown in the win over West Mesquite.

Prediction: Slight edge goes to Corsicana because it has played the tougher schedule of the two: Corsicana 27, Lancaster 22.

Rankings: Top teams get job done in Week 1

September, 6, 2011

What we got right: There really wasn't much to miss on this week. All of our top teams from last week got the job done in Week 1, save Denton Guyer, who lost to Cedar Hill, 24-21, Monday at the Kirk Herbstreit Classic.

What we got wrong: Cedar Hill took Denton Guyer's No. 10 spot in the 5A poll, but it shouldn't be much of a setback for Guyer as the season progresses. If both teams continue to win, they should both have a spot among the area's best. Dallas Kimball dropped out of the 4A poll despite its 2-0 record, merely because the teams in this week's top 10 had higher quality wins in the opening two weeks of the season. Kimball will have the opportunity to jump back in as the season progresses.

Say hello to: 5A -- Arlington Bowie and Cedar Hill; 4A -- Lancaster

Say goodbye to: 5A -- Denton Guyer and Plano; 4A -- Dallas Kimball

Watch out for: 5A -- Colleyville Heritage and Sachse; 4A -- Richardson Pearce and Frisco
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.”

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comQuarterback Davon Hodge threw three first-half touchdown passes before Lancaster turned to the ground game.
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.”

Join our Week 1 Friday night football live chat

September, 2, 2011
Welcome to Week 1, football fans! We have live updates from three games tonight, with Jeff Andrews covering Hurst L.D. Bell-Southlake Carroll, Travis L. Brown at Dallas Lincoln-Lancaster and Randy Jennings taking in South Garland-Arlington Martin. The guys will also be glad to answer any of your football questions, and we'll provide updates on area scores as they become available. Thanks for joining us!

Emotions will be high for Lancaster, Lincoln

September, 1, 2011
7:30 p.m. Friday at Forester Field

When we saw them last: Lancaster started its season off strong with a 25-10 win over Dallas Carter. Lincoln defended Dallas, beating Fort Worth’s O.D. Wyatt 41-20.

2010 result: Lancaster won 19-10, but the game was characterized by the chippy play not only during the plays, but after the whistles. Several players were ejected and 15-yard penalties became as common as first downs. Lancaster QB Davon Hodge was a force on the ground, running for three touchdowns

What’s at stake: Lancaster is on the brink of breaking through as one of the area’s top 4A teams. A big win over Lincoln might be enough to add Lancaster in the 4A top 10 next week. Lincoln is expected to have a down year in District 12-4A with a very inexperienced team, but a few non-district wins could give Lincoln a confidence boost going into district play.

Key matchup: Lancaster’s run offense vs. Lincoln’s defensive front. Hodge will be Lancaster’s top threat on offense again this year, but Lincoln boasts standout players at defensive tackle and at linebacker with Jhailyand Owens and Tabari McGaskey.

Players to watch: Lancaster’s top threats in the air game are WRs Jaquan White and Demarcus Ayers. Ayers also gets the job done on the ground, leading the team in rushing yards after the first game. Lincoln’s McGaskey, Owens and the rest of the defense will have their hands full with these weapons.

Prediction: Lancaster 17, Lincoln 7