Big-Play Lancers Light Up Johnson

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG)  |  Story by Daniel Mano; Photos by Rick Sloan
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Lancers quarterback Johnele Sanders slipped through the middle, weaved through traffic and cut across the field en route to a 99-yard touchdown that put an early exclamation point on Cordova’s 46-8 road win on September 28 over Hiram Johnson High.

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The Lancers host the Florin Panthers on Friday at 7:15 p.m. for their Homecoming Game. Cordova alumni are invited to join the class floats in a parade at halftime.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - With the Cordova High School football team pinned at its own 1-yard line and only 21 seconds left before halftime, Johnele Sanders would have succeeded simply by staving off a safety.

Instead the Lancers quarterback slipped through the middle, weaved through traffic and cut across the field en route to a 99-yard touchdown that put an early exclamation point on Cordova’s 46-8 road win on September 28 over Hiram Johnson High.

The Lancers needed just six offensive snaps to go up 14-0 and led 40-0 by halftime of the Greater Sacramento League victory played at Rosemont High.

“We’re now 2-5 and there’s going to be some teams that are going to be scared of us because of the athletes that we have,” Cordova head coach John McCoy said.

Sanders wasn’t the only Lancer to show off big-play prowess. Wide receiver Alvin Banks took an end-around sweep 63 yards for a score and lineman Andrew Turner scooped up a fumble before dashing 60 yards for a touchdown.

“Once I tucked it, I was gone,” Turner jubilantly told teammates on the sideline afterward.

Raymond Fite had a key block on that return and also ran for three touchdowns. Along with 115 yards passing, Sanders added another score on the ground. Cordova finished with 259 yards rushing.

“I give credit to the offensive line,” McCoy said of the team’s offensive explosion. “Those holes were huge.”

The starting offensive line was comprised of Austin McCoy, Sergey Kalashyan, Anthony Patterson, Anthony Curry and Turner.

Defensively, the Lancers were led by Elijah Jenkins (11 tackles) and Dumaurier Hackett (eight). Tim Apole forced the aforementioned fumble and Jeremiah Bankett had an interception.

Johnson’s only touchdown came in the final minute of the game.

“We shut them down,” Cordova assistant head coach Gary Lawrence said. “Before that last drive, when we had a lot of subs in, they probably only had 90 yards of total offense. We did our film work, we did our homework and we knew what they were going to run.”

Lancers quarterback Johnele Sanders slipped through the middle, weaved through traffic and cut across the field en route to a 99-yard touchdown that put an early exclamation point on Cordova’s 46-8 road win on September 28 over Hiram Johnson High.The Lancers host the Florin Panthers on Friday at 7:15 p.m. for their Homecoming Game. Cordova alumni are invited to join the class floats in a parade at halftime.Cordova gave up just six points on the road to pick up their second win of the season.