On its first offensive play under the Friday night lights at Foyle-Kling Field, Lancaster lined up in its spread formation with three receivers on the right side of the offensive line. The Redskins definitely like to throw, but they passed a major Class AA South test by winning the game on the ground.
Lancaster scored all four of its touchdowns on the ground as it beat visiting Frontier, 26-13, Friday night before an estimated 2,200. Lancaster, the fourth-ranked team in The Buffalo News large school poll, moved to 3-0 as it handed No. 9 Frontier its first loss.
Senior running back Cory Davis ran for the Redskins' first three touchdowns for 5, 16 and 17 yards as Lancaster rushed for 336 of its 400 offensive yards.
Senior quarterback Justin Juda -- who is more than capable of dealing the ball through the air -- also did damage on the ground, including a key 23-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.
With Lancaster ahead by one score, Juda had gone back to pass on second down when he took what the defense gave him. Unable to find a receiver, the quick, 5-foot-11, 185-pounder scooted up the middle and dodged tacklers for the 23-yard score that enabled Lancaster to take a 26-13 lead with 22 seconds left in the third quarter.
"They were blitzing the edges and I thought we'd have a great day passing, but just nothing was clicking," said Juda, who ran for 215 yards on 17 carries while hitting 4 of 13 passes for 64 yards. "We started going to the run game -- we were just moving them and getting good chunks. It's huge to know we can do it on the ground because the last two weeks we've been throwing the ball more than running. This week we showed we can run the ball and we're not one-dimensional."
Frontier drove into Lancaster territory in the fourth quarter, but an offensive pass interference penalty on fourth-and-7 gave the Redskins the ball with 3:57 to play.
Lancaster had a 12-7 halftime lead, which it extended to 19-7 when the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Davis (eight carries, 76 yards) thudded his way through tacklers on his way to a 17-yard TD with 9:49 left in the third.
Frontier made it 19-13 when tough-to-drag-down senior Mark Schuster (28 carries, 134 yards) scored on a 1-yard dive with 2:59 left in the third.
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