Depth, quick learning and fitness could make a difference on the gridiron for LHS

The 2022 Lancaster High School Red Devils

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Numbers are up at Lancaster this season but the key to success is keeping everybody healthy, according to head coach Draper Washington.

The varsity football team opens its season tomorrow, August 26, at Northumberland. The two neighboring schools traditionally meet in their respective season openers. Last year’s meeting was a lopsided 80-0 win for the Indians.

But the Red Devils were down in terms of numbers last year with barely enough players to field a team in a few games. LHS also didn’t have a junior varsity team. This year, however, Washington suits up about 30 players on varsity and will have enough for a JV team.

“The great part about this season, we’re finally not going to be forced to play ninth graders at the varsity level,” he said. “We’re still running into some problems with experience because of not having that JV team last year and that’ll be a problem when we’re going against teams in our district especially because we have one of the toughest districts in the state.”

Learning quick is also going to be a key to the season….

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