Leading the ground attack for the Jaguars (2-3, 1-1 Valley Oak League) was senior running back Gaige Allen who had 136 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. He broke a 71-yard run against the Lancer (1-4, 0-2 VOL) defense at 10:03 in the third quarter for a 42-7 Jaguar lead.
"We switched the line up a little bit because I was at halfback and now I'm at running back," Allen said. "That gives me better vision to get in the holes.
Allen also forced the Jaguars' only turnover when he stripped the ball and returned it 32 yards to the Lancers' 19 yard line.
"I stripped him and then I scooped it right up and started running," he said.
Junior Rashaad Cooper would run the ball in for a touchdown on the next play. It was the team's fourth score in as many possessions to start the game.
"The tackles just opened up a little bit and the other running backs and their lead blocking did a nice job too," he said. "We all started to get going and got the momentum in the first quarter and we didn't stop. The quick start and real good blocking helped us."
Junior Dominique Dixon also rushed for one score and 86 yards on seven carries. On nine drives, the Jaguars offense scored six times, punted twice and lost a fumble.
The Jaguar defense allowed 220 yards rushing on 46 attempts. The Lancers scored at 3:26 in the second quarter and had two rushing scores late in the fourth quarter. Their only two pass attempts were incompletions.
"They run a similar offense to West High but East U does it a little more efficiently," said Coach Charles Spikes. "We stopped West but we made a few tweaks to things tonight and they worked."
Spikes said the team had "a really good practice this week" and that players never dwelled on the team's two-game losing streak.
"The moral was real good," he said. "Our execution, I call it mistake Mondays, we made those mistakes but our effort was there and I saw that consistently all week long."
In just his fifth game as coach, Spikes believes the players are beginning to understand his methods.
"The kids are buying in finally and they are listening to what you have to say," he said. "Now we are starting to see that on the field. I se my coaches coaching more and I can see the kids executing more consistently on the field now."
Allen said the team wants to have a good showing for its homecoming game next week against Weston Ranch on Oct. 11.
"We are just going to build off this game and take care of any mistake we had so we don't let that happen in the next game," he said.
Kickoff at Don Nicholson Stadium is at 7 p.m.
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