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First victory gives LWMA confidence

Published 6:07pm Monday, October 10, 2011

Rebuilding the football program is a process at Lyman Ward Military Academy, as the Rangers continue to seek consistency both within their roster and on the field.

Significant steps were taken in the process when the Rangers (1-6) got their first win of the season last Friday night against Kingwood.

“It means a lot to our program to get a win,” LWMA head coach Dwayne Thomas said.
“We’ve rebuilt the soccer and basketball programs back to around where we want them to be, and football is slowly coming along. It starts on the practice fields, and it’s now translating to the games.”

One of the biggest reasons behind the Rangers 28-27 overtime victory was all-purpose back DeWayne Pritchett, who rushed for 128 yards on the ground and scored three touchdowns.

“DeWayne is at full force for us right now,” Thomas said.
“He and (quarterback Malik Hilton) are making plays for us out of the offensive backfield and it’s showing on the scoreboard.”

The Rangers will look to win their second game in a season for the first time since  2008 when they will take on Macon-East Academy Friday night on the road.

“We’re going to keep running the same plays and give their defense a variety of different looks,” Thomas said.
“Our offensive line and our defense will be the keys for the rest of the season for us.”

The Rangers and Knights are slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday night at Knight field in Cecil.