This week in Amherst, the Lancers hosted Northside. The Vikings were fresh off their 3A state title, while Amherst was out to erase the memory of a 3 and 8 campaign a year ago, the Lancers first losing season in a decade. This was a statement game for both teams as it has been the last three seasons.
A great baromter for two teams hoping to put 2014 behind them in the fact, Northside, the defending champs with a large target on them, while Amherst hoped to reclaim their magic from years past.
Northside was looking to start the year with a bang. Amherst was hoping to finally erase last years 3-8 season. The Lancers got up first with a field goal but the Vikings answered Corey Williams a 28 yard run making it 7-3 Northside. Quarterback Josh Hardister then went to the air 31 yards later it was Hayden Porterfield coming down with the touchdown. It was 13-3 Vikings.
Josh Hardister said, "We were just reading the defense well and they got open as good as they could. Throw it right to them and it was all good."
Just before the half, Hardister had a 22 yard pass to Austin Fisher for the score. It was 20-3 Vikings at the break.
NOrthside kept dumping it on, a fumble from AMhest was recovered by Northside.
Burt Torrence said, "I'm really, really please with our defense today and we gave up some yards here and we're not accustomed to doing it but we were five starters down today."
Hardister made them pay, he found Porterfield between two DB's for the touchdown it was 33-3
Cecil Phillips, "We made some mental errors. We made a lot of mental mistakes and we felt confident that weren't going to rear it's ugly head so to speak but give Northside credit."
Clarence Henley stopped the bleeding near the end of the third quarter with the touchdown run and two point conversion making it 33-11 but Northside was too strong as they opened the season with a win 40-11 the final from Amherst.
Torrence, "A lot of talk about us being down and the flash being gone and you media types, you can tell your boy I said that and you know we prepare and it's a year long process."
Hardister, "It's exciting getting that W and a big victory over Amherst and you can't begin to have a better feeling with this group of guys."
Phillips, "I'm going to tell you up front and be honest with you. I'm very proud of our kids because we kind of refocused and this year this game was played quite differently under quite different situations and our kids showed up tonight and they battled the entire 48 minutes."