Red Devils shut down Panthers, 50-0

Lancaster’s Daveon Smith (10) rushed for 104 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Red Devils’ win over Charles City. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster High School scored seven touchdowns in the first 16 minutes to beat the Charles City High School Panthers, 50-0, in an unusual season opener for both teams, unusual because the game was halted for multiple reasons in the first half.

With four minutes still remaining in the second quarter and following a Charles City injury—its second of the night to leave the Tidewater District team with no substitutes—the game was stopped. Lightning in the distance also prompted referees to end the game early.

Charles City started the night with only 13 players and in Friday’s heat and humidity had the same 11 on the field on both offense and defense. The school didn’t field a varsity team for several years and is rebuilding its program.

Lancaster, running its new single wing offense behind a new coaching staff, scored easily and at will….

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