FOR THE DAILY JOURNAL
For the Edinburgh Lancers, it was a chance to get the first win of the year Friday night against visiting Arlington.
The visitors, however, had other ideas and ran away to a 47-0 victory against the Lancers.
Edinburgh (0-3) struggled to get its defensive unit to make any big stops as Arlington used a balanced offense to take the early lead and then to pull away.
Golden Knights quarterback Jason King had seven carries for 171 yards and completed five of seven passes for 79 yards to lead his team to a 33-0 advantage at halftime.
As for the Lancers, they couldn’t find any offense and punted on their first three possessions of the game.
Edinburgh picked up a first down on their opening possession of the second quarter as quarterback Jentry Lange hit Marcus Ruch for an 11-yard gain.
Shane Smith then scampered for 21 yards on a run. However, the Lancers failed to gain another first down and had to punt for their fourth time.
The Golden Knights closed out their final drive of the first half with 14 plays for 66 yards as Payton Ross caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from King to give them the 33-point lead.
After a lengthy lightning delay, the Lancers had a new quarterback in Bryce Burton, and he led the team on several drives only to come up short of the end zone. He finished the game 5 for 8 passing with 57 yards and one interception.
After the Lancers had a turnover on downs, the Golden Knights’ Jaylan Murray broke free for a 73-yard touchdown run and Antawan Canaday hit Jeremy King for a 55-yard touchdown strike to finish off the scoring.
The Lancers had 67 rushing yards in the second half and finished the game with 147 yards on the ground. The Golden Knights slowed their offense down a little in the second half, but produced 309 yards of offense in the first half.
The Lancers will try to end a three-game losing streak on Friday as they travel to South Decatur.