LANCASTER — The future appears to be now for the Chester Cyclones, who had several freshman and sophomore players make big plays in a 21-12 non-region victory over Lancaster.
The talented group of underclassmen are said to be developing for future success. That potential shined ahead of schedule against the Bruins on Saturday
Freshman quarterback Tommy Sanders completed 10-of-20 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Quan Caldwell grabbed five passes for 78 yards, including a 33-yard scoring catch that put the Cyclones ahead, 14-6, when play was suspended on Friday night at the half due to intense rain and lightning.
"All we do is to work hard in practice everyday and conditioning also pays off ," Sanders said about the rapid development.
Chester coach Anthony Sterling admits to being pleasantly surprised by his youngsters, but said that the team's overall development is part of a goal of weekly improvement.
"We stress for them to do the little things right in school and on the field," Sterling said. "We pay attention to all details in team meetings and film study," and work toward correcting mistakes.
In addition to Sanders and Caldwell, sophomore Daryl Foster ripped ball possession away from Lancaster running back Terrell White and raced 64 yards to the end zone as the Cyclones battled back from a 6-0 Bruins' lead early in the second quarter.
Lancaster, 1-1 overall, came up empty on second-half trips into the red zone. Quarterback Shaq Williams, who accounted for 270 total yards with 132 passing and 131 rushing, drove the Bruins to the 12 and 8 in the fourth. Those possessions resulted in a missed field goal and also a fourth-down sack to end the Lancaster scoring threats.
"Our kids have to know how to finish games," Lancaster coach Bennie McMurray said. "We missed out on so many opportunities."
Lancaster scored on its first possession of the second quarter when Williams returned a punt 42 yards to the Cyclones' 26. Four plays later, Williams scored on a 5-yard keeper.
Chester, 2-1, responded with a seven-play, 80-yard drive. Rambert carried three times for 60 yards to the Bruin 22. Two plays later, Sanders threw a wide receiver screen to junior Jemarcus Moore. He hurled out of the grasp of a defender and managed to maintain his balance for the 10-yard touchdown and 21-12 Chester lead.