2012-09-26 / Sports

Flags frustrate Gaffney offense

By LARRY HILLIARD Ledger Sports Editor larry@gaffneyledger.com


Gaffney’s Joey Gaines had his most productive game of the season with 23 yards on eight carries Friday against Dorman. He also had a reception for three yards. Gaffney’s Joey Gaines had his most productive game of the season with 23 yards on eight carries Friday against Dorman. He also had a reception for three yards. Except for a precision like drive on its first series, the Gaffney offense sputtered and stumbled over itself in a 14-0 win over the Dorman Cavaliers on Friday.

In particular, the Indians struggled with penalties and overall inconsistency in their execution.

“We are still making a ton of mistakes,” Gaffney offensive coordinator Donnie Littlejohn said.

The Indians were flagged 11 times for 106 yards, including four holding and three clipping penalties. There was one personal foul call by the offense.

“Anytime we got going, we took a step backwards,” Littlejohn said. “We aren’t a good enough football team to have over 100 yards in penalties.”

It took the Indians four plays to move 71 yards on their opening possession against Dorman. On first down, the Indians gained five yards on the ground before a 8-yard pass completion for a first down.

After a 19-yard run moved the Indians into Dorman territory, quarterback Luke Lancaster found Eddie Studyvance alone down the sidelines for a 44-yard TD.

After that, the Indians struggled to move the ball with any consistency.

On their second series, the Indians lost yardage on first and second down before an incompletion on third down.

Gaffney had three straight positive plays on its third possession, but lost yardage on a fumble before turning the ball over on an interception.

The Indians had a big 28-yard run on their four series, but failed to pick up another first down.

“We are just killing ourselves,” Littlejohn said. “We aren’t in sync. We just have to keep on grinding.”

Littlejohn said it’s important to remember the Indians graduated all their skill position players on offense, including Shrine Bowlers Joey Copeland and Quinshad Davis. The only returning players are offensive linemen Kerry Williams and Don Manning and wideout Brandon Bevis.

“It’s just a slow process,” he said.

However, Littlejohn said he does see improvement in Lancaster. Lancaster completed only 8 of his 22 passes for 142 yards and two interceptions. But he had several drops.

“I felt like Luke is getting better,” he said. “He was doing what he’s coached to do. You could see the improvement on the first drive. I was proud of his effort and I hope he keeps to continue to get better. We still have a lot of football left.”

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