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Lancaster defends its high 4A ranking, routs Waxahachie for first win in 12 years vs. Indians
QB Demarcus Ayers has dominant effort for Lancaster
LANCASTER — Whatever doubts lingered over Lancaster after a sluggish victory last week were put to rest Friday night.
Lancaster quarterback Demarcus Ayers put together a dominant performance and led the way in a 45-14 victory against Waxahachie at Tiger Stadium.
Ayers rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown, threw for 159 yards and three touchdowns, and helped Lancaster beat Waxahachie for the first time in 12 years.
“We wanted to stay balanced,” Ayers said. “We’d been pounding the ball for four weeks straight. I had some struggles in the past weeks, but tonight I knew I had to get the job done in the passing game.”
Lancaster, ranked No. 2 in both the state and area polls, was slow out of the gate last week against Mansfield Legacy. Ayers had three interceptions, and Lancaster trailed 20-3 in the third quarter before scoring 25 unanswered points and winning the game.
The slow start and turnovers didn’t haunt Lancaster (5-0) again. The Tigers raced to a 14-0 lead, and they never turned the ball over.
Ayers, who is committed to Washington State, was 9-of-14 passing with touchdowns of 22, 26 and 44 yards. Two of those touchdowns came on bubble screens to wide receiver Nick Harvey.
“Everybody thought we were not a good team,” Lancaster coach Chris Gilbert said. “Last week we came off our bye and we were stumbling on blocks and kids were not motivated.”
And after scoring 45 points against Waxahachie?
“We’re pretty good,” Gilbert said.
Lancaster racked up 429 yards of total offense and dominated on the ground. Senior running back Joseph Paden tallied a game-high 136 yards, including runs of 49 and 50, and scored a touchdown.
Waxahachie (3-2) was averaging 47 points in its three previous games but got shut out in the first half. Running back Treyvon Hughes was the lone bright spot, accounting for 122 of Waxahachie’s 267 total yards.
Lancaster, which beat then-No. 1 Tyler John Tyler in week one, is in the state top ten for the first time. The win against John Tyler was good, but ending a drought against Waxahachie may have been even better.
“It’s been 12 years,” Ayers said. “Broke the streak tonight.”
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