Lancaster High celebrates homecoming Injuries and penalties mar Red Devils’ gridiron effort, Washington & Lee wins, 29-14

Lancaster quarterback Darius Reed scrambles to avoid the tackle by Washington & Lee. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Washington & Lee delivered a homecoming hurtin’ on Lancaster’s personnel last Friday and overcame a halftime deficit with three unanswered touchdowns in the second half for a 29-14 win over the Red Devils.

Lancaster played nearly flawfless football for the first 16 minutes or so, racking up over 120 yards passing, dominating on defense and taking a 14-8 lead over the favored Eagles.

Then the bottom fell out, the wheels fell off, it all started to unravel. Pick an idiom that works. Things started to fall apart for the Devils, who are on a four-game losing streak.

After completing 7-of-8 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 27, starting quarterback Tafari Wall came out late in the first half with a shoulder injury. When the Devils came back on the field after a homecoming halftime show, sophomore Adam Wilmore took the helm. Wilmore was in for a quarter and completed 4-of-4 passes for 29 yards before he was taken off by ambulance. Lancaster head coach Draper Washington dug deep, went to the bench and came back with senior Darius Reed, who had been quarterback as a freshman for the junior varsity team.

“We were really winging it at that point,” said Washington. “Honestly, I was just trying to get through the game.”

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