DEL CITY — When Del City puts the football in Corey Lawrence’s hands, good things normally happen for the Eagles.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior running back/receiver scored three touchdowns — two rushing and one receiving — and the Del City defense added two touchdowns of its own as the Eagles downed Ardmore, 38-26, Friday night at Robert Kalsu Stadium.
Lawrence scored on touchdown runs of 13 and 45 yards. He got behind the Ardmore secondary on the Eagles’ second possession of the game for an 80-yard scoring strike from quarterback John McBride, who hit his speedy wide receiver in stride.
He finished the night with 118 yards rushing on just 10 carries and caught three passes for 89 yards.
The most versatile player on the field (Lawrence also is the Eagles’ punter and punt returner) also was the most dominant.
“Corey is really good. He is really special. Maybe one of the most athletic kids I have been around,” said Del City coach Nick Warehime.
“Once we went and looked back at the first four games, we realized he hadn’t enough touches. Part of our goal tonight was get him touches.”
If anything, the Eagles probably should have given Lawrence the ball more Friday night.
“You got to love having a player like Corey,” McBride said. “He is always making big plays. He is a great guy to have on the team. Sometimes we use him as bait.”
Del City raced to a 32-0 lead in the game, and then watched as much of that lead evaporated in the fourth quarter.
To Ardmore’s credit, the Tigers (2-3) kept battling and scored three consecutive touchdowns — including a 78-yard kickoff return by Kevion McGee — before Del City’s Terry Love returned a fumble 44 yards to quash any hopes of a miracle comeback.
It was the Eagles’ second fumble return for a touchdown in the game.
Early in the third quarter, Eagles’ safety Orlando Sheets blitzed and pummeled Ardmore quarterback Jeff Surrell from his blind side, forcing a fumble on an attempted pass.
Jacob Lamb scooped up the fumble and scored from the 12 for a 32-0 Del City lead.
The Eagles were content for much of the fourth quarter to try and burn clock by running between the tackles with McBride and Anthony Mason, who had 11 carries for 74 yards including a 30-yard touchdown run in the second period.
McBride had 15 carries for 65 yards. The Eagles (3-2) have now won three straight since dropping the first two games of the season and remain unbeaten in district play.
Mason now has more than 600 yards rushing on the season after rushing for more than 1,000 yards last season as a sophomore.
“We have Anthony Mason back there who gets very little credit,” Warehime said. “We have three really good ones back there. I think our offensive line is pretty good too.
“This time last year we were 0-5. This year we are 3-2 and 2-0 in district play. I can live with that.”