Devils win season opener over Tigers, 62-6
A memory now, the Lancaster Red Devils’ won their season opener 62-6 over the King & Queen Tigers last Friday.
Damien Crissey’s first win as the head coach of the Lancaster Football Team came in convincing fashion to start the second week of the season. With the Red Devils taking a first week bye, the team responded with an overwhelming 62-6 win over the visiting King & Queen Tigers.
“It was a great night. We had good weather and the kids played hard,” Crissey said.
The Devils mounted a 13-0 lead after the first quarter compliments of some quick offensive plays led by quarterback Ricky Gibson and host of athletes. Gibson ran in a one-yard touchdown to tack on six points, then in the next drive Gibson connected with wide receiver Tyrell Henderson for a 35-yard touchdown reception. Kicker Jack Kelly followed up knocking in an extra-point attempt.
In the second quarter, Devante Stewart ran in a seven-yard touchdown followed by another extra point attempt converted by Kelly to give the Devils a 20-point lead.
Within their own goal line, King & Queen was well on their way to closing the lead, but a wide left kick prevented that action. Instead the Red Devils capitalized in the next drive down the field with a score of their own.
Throwing the ball in the corner of the right endzone from 29 yards out, Gibson’s pass was deflected and fell in the hands of Henderson for the touchdown. Kelly scored the extra point attempt to give the Red Devils a lead of 27-0 with 3:50 left in the second quarter.
But just before the half, Gibson made another play for the Red Devils instead from the safety position on defense and returning a King & Queen pass for a touchdown from 62 yards out. It would be Gibson’s second interception on the evening.
In the second half ahead 34-0, backup quarterback Taylor Woolard was inserted in the lineup delivering a 40-yard touchdown pass to Demetric Lee and followed by a Kelly extra point kick giving the Red Devils a 41-0 lead.
Gibson later caught another interception for another score from 33-yards out with Kelly’s kick giving the Red Devils a 47-0 lead.
Miscues and penalties continued to plaque the Tigers all game as neither team scored the rest of the third quarter.
In the final quarter, Lancaster’s Justin Washington ran from four yards out for another touchdown and Woolard added another touchdown with a 46-yard run of his own. Kelly knocked down both extra point attempts to end the game at 62-6. The kicker was perfect from the field going 8-8 on attempts.
While the Red Devils have not been known for their kicking, it was well known by the end of the season opener. Crissey admitted the coaching staff was unsure if Kelly would return to the team after playing last season.
“Jack Kelly did well tonight and didn’t miss a single extra point attempt,” Crissey said. “It’s just a huge bonus for us to have him around.”
Kevin Thomas led the Red Devils on defense with five solo tackles.
King & Queen would go on to avoid the shut out after a 74-yard kick off return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
The Red Devils will travel on Sept. 13 to Mathews and then return home on Sept. 20 to host Middlesex. Both games begin at 7 p.m.
KGQN: 0 0 0 6—6
LANC: 13 21 14 14—62
Passing: R. Gibson 9-13-115 2TD, T. Woolard 1-1-40 TD
Rushing: D. Stewart 6-92 TD, R. Gibson 7-79 TD, T. Woolard 3-73 TD, J. Washington 6-24 TD, T. Henderson 1-7, K. Steward 1-6, C. Robbins 1-1, R .Ball 1-(-2)
Receiving: T. Henderson 4-104 2TDs, D. Lee 1-40 TD, J. Seal 2-10, K. Noel 2-5 and D. Stewart 1-(-4)