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LANCASTER STRIKES EARLY IN WIN FIRST-QUARTER TDS MAKE DIFFERENCE LANCASTER 34, KNIGHT 7.

Byline: GIDEON RUBIN Staff Writer

PALMDALE -- Determined not to get upset by an upstart opponent with momentum, Lancaster made a point of jumping on Knight of Palmdale early, scoring two first-quarter touchdowns to set the tone for a 34-7 Golden League victory.

Lancaster (4-2, 3-0) was led by Marcus Wyre, who rushed for 169 yards on 17 carries.

The Eagles rushed for 366 of their 417 total yards, and have rushed for at least 100 yards in all 40 games since coach Jeff Cortez took over the program in 2003.

Knight (2-4, 1-2) had its campus abuzz after last week's 18-14 upset over Quartz Hill, the fourth-year program's first league win in school history.

Wyre scored on an 11-yard run that capped an eight-play 80-yard drive to open the game.

``That was the gameplan,'' Cortez said. ``We had to get on top early, we had to stuff them early and not let them think they were going to have an upset in the making.''

Lancaster led 21-0 at halftime, as Greg Smith had scoring runs of 10 and 3 yards.

The Eagles broke the game open midway through the third quarter on Wyre's 70-yard cutback run down the right sideline.

Knight's only score came on Terrell Merritt's 4-yard pass to Demetrick Clifton late in the fourth quarter.

The Hawks squandered a scoring chance early in the second quarter when they drove just outside the Lancaster 20, but Lancaster lineman Chris Ross sacked Merritt on a crucial fourth-and-3 from the 23.

Taveon Burke rushed for 60 yards on five carries and Devon Whitson rushed for 53 yards and one touchdown for Lancaster.

The Hawks were held to 140 yards of total offense.

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Oct 14, 2006
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