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South Oak Cliff stuns No. 2 Lancaster, 38-27, to close out first week
LANCASTER-- Going against a 2012 Class 4A state finalist Lancaster team coming off a school best 14-win season, South Oak Cliff coach Emmett Jones had no intention of playing it safe.Five times on fourth down and from all kinds of field position, Jones chose to go for the first down.
The gambles paid off handsomely in the Golden Bears’ 38-27 victory over Lancaster in the opener for both teams Saturday night at Beverly Humphrey Stadium.South Oak Cliff, No. 11 in SportsDay’s Class 4A area ranking, went 5-for-5 on fourth down.
Three turned into touchdowns including the 40-yard pass from Kenneth Arthur II to Fonzale Davis made it 14-14 two minutes into the second period. Arthur was 14 of 22 passing for 198 yards and four touchdowns.
Running back Jordan Stevenson, a transfer from Skyline, led South Oak Cliff on the ground with 177 yards on 27 carries. Lancaster, No. 2 in the rankings, led early, but never after the 10-minute mark of the second quarter. The Tigers scored twice in the final minutes to make the final score more respectable.
Lancaster wide receiver Nick Alexander, an Arizona State commit, had six catches for 106 yards and one touchdown.
South Oak Cliff’s Arthur to JF Thomas connection clicked for two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion. With just over a minute to play in the half on fourth-and-goal at the 2, Arthur lobbed a scoring pass to a leaping Thomas, a similar play the two combined on for a two-point conversion nine minutes earlier that tied the score at 14.
After a scoreless third period, South Oak Cliff dialed up some more fourth-down magic, scoring on a 13-yard pass from Arthur to Malik Brown two minutes into the final period. The South Oak Cliff defense added an insurance touchdown on a 27-yard interception return by Juice Parker.