Lancaster head coach Bobby Collins talks a lot about “Lancaster football” when describing his team’s style. His Bruins established that style early and often Friday night.
Bruin running back Kadarius Wright carried 17 times for 131 yards and a touchdown, and two Will Jackson touchdowns helped to cement a dominant 27-0 Lancaster shutout victory at Chester (2-4, 0-1) Friday night.
A reasonably fast-paced first half saw just one score, with a 20-yard Cameron Meadows scamper on a fake punt setting up Lancaster (5-1, 1-0 Region 3-3A) just inside the red zone. Wright gained 13 yards on a fourth-and-four, then cash in the touchdown run from one yard on the ensuing play.
The opening kickoff of the second half also brought some fireworks. Jackson caught the kick and made his way across the field before finding a wall and returning the kick 84 yards for a score. Trevor Latham’s extra-point attempt hit the upright, but left Lancaster with a 13-0 advantage.
Collins spoke glowingly of Jackson’s play after the game. “He’s a big-time player. Will Jackson’s a Division I football player, and I call coaches weekly about him, because he’s a student of the game. One of our safeties went down, and we had to move him from corner to safety today. He made all the adjustments, made all the checks, big kickoff return, big interception for a touchdown. Those kinds of players you can’t trade in. You can win championships with those kinds of guys.”
The action calmed a bit after that score, but Collins’ Bruins still had one more wrinkle left to unveil. Star receiver Jay Hood was held mostly in check all evening, but quarterback Keendarius Truesdale found Hood in the corner of the end zone from 18 yards to give Lancaster the final margin.
The Bruins carried 34 times for 230 yards, another part of that style to which Collins refers. “That’s going to be Lancaster football,” said Collins. “No matter what, we’re going to try to create advantages for us to run the football. That’s always it for us. We’re going to run the football. We’ve got big-time wideouts that can make good catches, we’ve got a senior quarterback, but we’re going to try to run the football, and when the pass is open, like it was to Jay Hood in the end, we’re going to throw it, we’re going to catch it, and we’re going to score.”
The Bruins held the Cyclones to just 59 yards of total offense in the contest.
Collins echoed the same message when asked about his team’s focus in returning home for region play next week. “(We’re going to focus on) Lancaster football. Everybody we play is a faceless opponent. It’s all about us doing the little things right. Details and fundamentals, that’s all we’re going to do.”
Lancaster hosts Clinton in region play next Friday. Chester will visit South Pointe.