LEHMAN TWP. - It turned out there was little dilemma for Lake-Lehman’s banged-up backfield.
The Black Knights just kept banging ahead.
Running back Dustin Jones got loose for 207 yards and four touchdowns, backup quarterback Antonio Ferrari hit a couple key passes including a touchdown Friday and the Black Knights gashed GAR 42-7 at Edward Edwards Stadium.
“You’ve just got to keep your feet moving,” Jones said. “Once you stop your feet, that’s when things start getting tough for you.”
Once he got going, Jones was hard to slow down.
The bullish 6-foot-1, 250-pound fullback displayed an array of moves on his scoring runs - all of which GAR appeared powerless to stop.
Jones sprinted off-tackle on an 11-yard scoring burst, blasted through three tacklers on a four-yard touchdown run, spun through GAR’s defense like a top on a 10-yard score and followed a convoy of blockers into the end zone on another 11-yard scoring run.
That helped the 5-1 Black Knights compensate for a couple of important pieces missing from their offense.
Both star tailback Brady Butler and starting quarterback Josh Sayre sat out Friday’s game with injuries, taking away two integral parts from Lehman’s high-powered rushing attack.
But Jones made sure the Black Knights hardly looked limited.
His first carry of the night went for nine yards, and Jones amassed 24 yards on six carries during Lehman’s opening possession that moved 60 yards and chewed nearly seven minutes eight minutes off the clock before a penalty and a sack forced a punt.
The Black Knights didn’t score on that drive, but it was an indication of what was in store the rest of the night.
After GAR lost a fumble near the end of the first quarter, Jones carried four straight times to cover all 37 yards - his last run a sprint to the end zone from 11 yards away.
“I never ask for the ball,” said Jones, who carried it 30 times, “I just get what I’m given.”
The Black Knights knew just who to give it to.
After GAR tied the game on Rich Sickler’s four-yard touchdown run, Jones came back with a four-yard blast of his own to put the Black Knights up for good.
“C’mon, common sense, one less guy is getting the football,” Lehman coach Jerry Gilsky said of his backfield injuries. “Dustin just kept turning the wheels. He stayed low - gotta keep his feet moving. They didn’t want to tackle him up high.”
At times, the Grenadiers appeared fortunate to tackle him at all.
Jones spun his way out of the grasp of three defenders at different points of his 10-yard touchdown run, which gave the Black Knights a 21-7 lead just 68 seconds before halftime.
“It just happened,” Jones said. “I kept my feet moving and was getting hit from the sides.”
It turned out that GAR went sideways.
Jones opened the second half with another 11-yard scoring run, then Ferrari - a junior making just his second varsity start - hit Kyle Romanofski with an eight-yard touchdown pass for a 35-7 Lehman lead.
“We’ve been one-dimensional, basically the whole first half (of the season),” Gilsky said. “We get too proud running the ball. We know we can throw the ball. When we were in passing situations, we completed the passes.”
Lake-Lehman 42, GAR 7
LL — Dustin Jones 11 run (Mikey Symon kick), 11:24
G — Rich Sickler 4 run (Dawin Reyes kick), 7:46
LL — Jones 4 run (Symon kick), 4:29
LL — Jones 10 run (Symon kick), 1:08
LL — Jones 11 run (Symon kick), 9:53
LL — Kyle Romanofski 8 pass from Antonio Ferrari (Symon kick), 0:15
LL — Nick Eury 5 run (Symon kick), 3:38
RUSHING — GAR, Rich Sickler 8-61, Rashaun Mathis 9-40, Tyler Monzon 3-9, Anthony Maurent 2-4, Marqahn Kemp 3-3, Garry Kroll 2- (minus 11). LL, Dustin Jones 30-207, Joey Vigil 12-44, Nick Eury 5-33, Bobby Wright 3-21, Hunter Nice 2-5, Antonio Ferrari 1-4, TEAM 2- (minus 2).
PASSING — GAR, Rashaun Mathis 4-8-1-20, Garry Krohl 0-1-0-0, TEAM 0-1-0-0. LL, Antonio Ferrari 4-9-0-64.
RECEIVING — GAR, Rich Sickler 2-12, Rashaun Jackson 1-7, Devin Reese 1-1. LL, Kyle Romanofski 2-19, Joey Vigil 1-31, Zack Brucher 1-14.
INTERCEPTIONS — LL, Jimmy Stuart 1-6.
MISSED FGs — none