Luke Roberts most likely will never have a game like this at the next level.
The Lancaster senior, who has verbally committed to Ohio State as a linebacker, rushed for touchdowns of 40 and 54 yards on Friday, Sept. 30, to lead the Golden Gales to a 28-7 win over host Grove City in OCC-Ohio Division play.
Roberts finished with 192 yards on 13 carries.
“Luke’s a great kid,” Lancaster coach Rob Carpenter said. “He’s a great kid off the field. He’s a great student. He’s going to be a great player at Ohio State, playing a Mike linebacker. He’s not going to be playing fullback for them; we need him to play fullback. We needed him in spots all year. We don’t want to overuse him, but by God, when he’s in there he sure makes a difference.”
Lancaster had 422 total yards, all but 12 on the ground, while improving to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the league.
The Gales snapped a three-game losing streak.
“We re-found our physicality mentality, whatever you want to call it,” Carpenter said. “It feels really good (to win), especially here because this is one of the toughest places to win in central Ohio. It was a game of two teams that were 2-3 and nobody wanted to be 2-4.”
“The last three weeks, things haven’t gone the way we wanted them to,” Roberts said. “Tonight, we really needed to get back on track with a win. Everybody played great.”
A 40-yard scoring run by Roberts put the Gales ahead 7-0 with 4 minutes, 41 seconds left in the first quarter. Andrew Shisler added an 18-yard scoring run in the second to make it 14-0.
“They came right out and smacked us right in the mouth,” Grove City coach Matt Jordan said. “We were down 14-0 before we started playing. We were both sitting at 2-3. This was kind of like a mini-playoff game for both teams. They wanted it. They came out and got it. We just didn’t respond.”
The Greyhounds (2-4, 1-2) responded in the third quarter when Zane Chappelear fell on the ball after it hit Lancaster’s Dustin Doughty during a punt. Eight plays later, the lead was cut to 14-7 when Nick Davis scored from 4 yards out.
However, Roberts helped push the lead back to 14 on the ensuing possession when he ran 54 yards for a touchdown to make it 21-7 with 7:56 remaining in the third.
“They ran a trap right up the middle,” Jordan said. “Boom, he goes to the house.”
LANCASTER 7 7 7 7 -- 28
GROVE CITY 0 0 7 0 -- 7
L--Roberts 40 run (Daugherty kick)
L--Shisler 18 run (Daugherty kick)
GC--Davis 4 run (Nankivell kick)
L--Roberts 54 run (Daugherty kick)
L--King 2 run (Daugherty kick)