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Waxahachie comes from behind topping Lancaster, 35-20

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JENNIFER MULHAUSEN

Ellis County Press Sports

LANCASTER – After a week’s rest, the Waxahachie Indians traveled to Lancaster to face the Tigers who had just claimed a road victory against Dallas Samuell 35-13.

Lancaster would not be so lucky against Waxahachie falling to the Indians 35-20.

The Indians jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on 35-yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Venique Benton to Ladarius Brown, but the Tigers came roaring back with a three yard touchdown run by Quarterback Thedford Rhodes with 1:38 left in the first quarter.

Jaraye Evans’ point after attempt was good to tie the ball game.

Waxahachie would regain the lead with a two-yard run by Sam Gagliano with 4:06 left on the clock in the second quarter to make it 14-7.

After a kick-off return by Lancaster running back Quentin Hayes to the Waxahachie 46-yard line, the Tigers would capitalize three plays later when Rhodes connected with Quinton Ross for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 2:52 left on the clock.

The first PAT was no good, but after a roughing the kicker penalty against the Indians, Evans retried the kick and it was good the second time around to re-tie the game at 14-14.

Both teams went into half-time tied.

Lancaster would score first in the third quarter with a four yard touchdown run by Rhodes, but a missed kick would give the Tigers a six-point lead, 20-14.

The Indians would then wake up and take over.

Waxahachie scored 21 unanswered points in the third and fourth quarters.

Gagliano scored a touchdown from three yards out in the third to regain the lead for the Indians 21-20.

Waxahachie’s LaJordan Easley carried the ball 30 yards in the fourth for the first touchdown of the quarter and a 28-20 lead.

Quarterback Steven Borden, taking over for Benton, scored the final touchdown of the game from one yard out for the win.

Lancaster will face Red Oak at home on Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. 

Waxahachie will take on Midlothian at home on Sept.25 at 7:30 p.m.

For more team coverage, visit www.txallaccesssports.com


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