ARLINGTON — In a commanding 49-19 Arlington Lamar victory over Arlington Sam Houston at Wilemon Field on Thursday, players such as quarterback Shane Buechele and running back Cameron Smith will get the majority of recognition for the dominating performance.
But the real players of the game are those who carry a much heavier load than they are used to and succeed.
Take Lamar sophomore running back Ali Lancaster.
Lancaster, a midseason call-up from junior varsity, entered the game with around 100 yards rushing in his varsity career. On Thursday, Lancaster led his team with 50 yards on nine carries and scored his first varsity touchdown on a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Also, junior backup quarterback Andy Guinn executed some clean-up duty well, throwing for 74 yards and a touchdown.
As usualplayers such as Buechele gave Lamar (5-1, 3-0 in District 3-5A) its commanding lead early in the first quarter.
The Vikings found the end zone three times in the first quarter, all on short runs by Smith, who added his fourth touchdown in the second quarter.
Buechele finished 14-for-22 for 199 yards and a TD pass as Lamar opened a 35-7 lead by halftime.
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