Lancasters falls short of state title, still records best season in program history

Syracuse, N.Y. (WKBW) - It wasn't the ending the Lancaster football team was hoping for but nonetheless, it was still one of if not the best season in program history.

The Legends fell to Troy 41-26 in the Class AA State Championship game in Syracuse Sunday evening. It was the first appearance for the Lancaster football program.

Troy built an early 14-0 lead in the 2nd quarter but Lancaster cut that deficit after Andrew Hersey ran it in for Lancaster's first touchdown on the night. The Legends trailed 20-7 at the half.

In the 2nd half of play, Lancaster down 28-7, fought their way back. Joe Andreessen, Hersey, and Kyle Backert all scored touchdowns to make it a one score game but Troy's Joey Ward added his 3rd touchdown on the day to seal the win for the Flying Horses.

After the loss, Lancaster head coach Eric Rupp said, "My words (to our team) were this game doesn't make you a loser. These guys learned to work as a team, battle back from adversity, how to prepare and you'll be very successful in life no matter what endeavor you choose."

Lancaster finished with an impressive 12-1 record, the program's first regional title and the first time they've ever played at the state title game in Syracuse.

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