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THEOLDCOACH takes a look at the 2016 Lancaster Tigers!

THEOLDCOACH continues our look around the state for the 2016 season and today we look at the Lancaster Tigers!

LANCASTER TIGERS

ENROLLMENT: 1,901.5 (5)

2015 RECORD: 10-4 Class 5A Division II State Quarter-Finalist

THE COACH: Chris Gilbert

THE PLAYERS: Cartrell Thomas (Sr., WR), Omar Manning (Sr., WR), Sir Charles Miles-Frost (Sr., LB), Jaymir Sparrow (Sr., DB), Noah Jones (Sr., DL), Treston Price (Sr., DL), L.T. Jessie (Sr., ATH), Taiyoun Nichols (Sr., LB), Jordan Porter (Sr., DL), James Harrison (Jr., OL), Jordan Hollis (Sr., RB), Christian Hill (Sr., OL), Brenden Lewis (Jr., OL), Trevor Hatton (Jr., QB), Sherman Bowen (Jr., DL)

THE WORD: The Tigers rolled all the way to the state quarterfinals before falling to red hot Frisco Lone Star at AT&T Stadium.  Coach Gilbert welcomes plenty of firepower back to the fold along with help from a 7-3 JV squad that could put WEBO right back on the small list of possible state title contenders. Six starters return on the offensive side of the ball highlighted by their two star receivers in Thomas and Manning who have the FBS coaches flocking to the LHS campus, the duo combined for 87 receptions over 1600 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns a year ago.  Versatile Jessie and Hollis give the Tigers plenty of speed and experience at the skill positions.  The key to tie a bow on things is QB Hatton, who piloted the JV a year ago, he’s talented but inexperienced but the X-Factor is his ability to make plays with his feet, something Lancaster didn’t have as much of in 2015.  Seven starters are back on the defensive side of the ball led by speed merchant Miles-Frost who Coach Gilbert thinks is one of the fastest linebackers in the state.  Jones and 300 pound Price give the Tigers two powerful guys on the interior defensive line, they demand double teams and it allows the linebackers and safeties to use their speed and make plays. “We have a chance to be better than last year if we stay healthy at key positions and our seniors embrace their new roles as leaders,” said Coach Gilbert. 


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