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Lancers make short work of Lathrop

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Lancers make short work of Lathrop

Teejay Gordon.

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POSTED September 26, 2009 1:07 a.m.
It was a contest East Union was expected to control throughout and that’s exactly what the Lancers did Friday night at Dino Cunial Field in a 37-7 thumping of first-year Lathrop.

Teejay Gordon fired off the blocks with back-to-back runs of 20 and 14 yards during EU’s first series — a nine-play, 66-yard masterpiece that culminated with the first of two Gordon scores — this one from 2 yards out.

Gordon finished the night with 100 yards on 14 carries, including a 30-yard scamper to make it 34-0 with 9:40 left in the third.

“Our line did a good job of opening lanes for me tonight, the holes were huge,” Gordon said. “First game of (Valley Oak League play is) next week, and that’s going to set the tone. We just have to bring intensity to practice.”

Dennis Johnson was the catalyst behind center once again.

The southpaw finished with 179 yards on 13-of-17 passing with a pair of touchdowns and ran in a third from 20 yards out with two minutes left before half.

Johnson found Ricky Inderbitzin (five catches, 70 yards) on a 14-yard wheel route to make it 14-0 moments after Gordon’s first score.

With three minutes left in the first, Johnson found Jared Carden (five catches, 70 yards) all alone in the corner of the end zone from 22 yards out to cap a 21-point first quarter.

Johnson had well over five seconds in the pocket on the Carden touchdown, more than enough time to progress through the entirety of his reads. The quarterback was sacked just once.

East Union head coach Mike James was ecstatic with his line play, and noted that the offense didn’t take a step back despite the fact that playmaker T.J. Brown was held to just one catch for 10 yards.

“Johnson is playing so far above our expectations,” James said. “He’s dialed in to this offense. Inderbitzin stepped up again, so did Carden. Those were highlights for us tonight.”

After Brown caught five touchdowns in the first two weeks, Lathrop head coach Jesse Rodriguez keyed on the fleet-footed receiver throughout, but while his teammates carried the load offensively, Brown snagged his second interception in as many weeks on the defensive end.

East Union held Lathrop to 31 yards rushing and no yards passing in the first half. All told, the Lancers dragged down Spartan ball-carriers for loss or no gain 10 times, Devon Woodall had a pair of sacks, Jacob White added a third, and Stevyn Teeple recovered a fumble to set up Inderbitzin’s score.

“In the second half, after we ripped into them a bit at halftime, we did play a little better,” Rodriguez said. “They were a little more focused on doing some of the things we need them to do. But it’s a learning process, and I’ve got to stop myself from getting frustrated.”

Lathrop quarterback Elijah Cash connected with Darrick Spears for a 40-yard completion early in the third, and Cash capped the 10-play, 70-yard drive with a 16-yard toss to Spears.

EU’s Nelson Wood turned in second-half runs of 20, 15, and 18 to finish with 58 yards on six carries.

The Lancers will now gear up for a huge matchup with crosstown rival Sierra next week.

“It’s great to win,” Inderbitzin said. “We’re all happy, but we’re ready to work hard for next week. We’re going to need a lot of heart, and a lot of bonding as a team.”

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