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Lancers pick up first win since ‘07

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POSTED September 19, 2009 12:57 a.m.

STOCKTON — Pardon the Lancers for being a bit too zealous Friday at Podesto Field. The 32-15 non-league win over Bear Creek was their first since November 2, 2007.

East Union (1-1) did it with an efficient effort on both offense and defense, few penalties and some big plays.

"We played a great first half," said coach Mike James.

But this latest edition of the Lancers displayed promise.

For starters, East Union showed some ability to make adjustments.

Bear Creek's Jack Phouminavong torched the defense with some long runs early on, sparking his team to a 7-0 lead thanks to his 3-yard run.

But rather than back down, East Union came right back by engineering an eight-play, 80-yard drive capped by quarterback Dennis Johnson's 31-yard scoring strike to T.J. Brown.

"T.J. has been a great asset to our program," James said.

Brown, a senior, played basketball and ran track during the past two years, with his experience in football coming at the lower levels, according to the Lancers’ coach.

He also hauled in a 44-yard touchdown pass from Johnson, who also led the team with his running ability and other intangibles.

"Dennis is a leader," said James.

All told, Johnson completed 12 of his 17 passes for 189 yards including a pair of TDs. He also picked up 52 yards on 12 carries, scoring twice.

The one knock on the Lancers was the turnovers — three fumbles and two interceptions.

The East Union defense displayed some toughness up the middle anchored by the likes of Jacob White, Ricardo Perez, Jaime Alcazar, Hector Fajardo, and Kyle Edwards.

Brown provided blanket coverage in the secondary, batting down several passes while coming away with an interception.

Teejay Gordon also gave the offense a boost, rushing for a team-high 104 yards on 14 pops. His 5-yard scoring run in the third quarter helped stretch the lead, 25-7.

Bear Creek (0-2) was led by Phouminavong, who had 181 yards on 21 carries.

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