- Associated Press - Thursday, November 20, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Tyler Glass and his senior teammates finally put three years of championship frustration to rest.

Glass ran for three touchdowns and caught another as Lancaster pulled away in the second half to snap a three-year streak of title-game defeats with a 41-21 victory over Amherst in the Division 5 final of the state high school championships on Thursday night at Camp Randall Stadium.

“It’s unbelievable. Ever since my freshman year of watching those guys just come up a little short, I’ve been wanting this moment,” said Glass. “Us seniors, especially, wanted this one so bad.”

Lancaster (13-1) also avenged a 19-7 loss to Amherst in the 2012 final. It was the Flying Arrows’ seventh state title, tying them with Stratford for the most championships.

“They’re a tremendous team. They have a lot of talent,” Amherst coach Mark Lusic said. “A lot of team speed. I’ll tell you what, I thought we were fast, but holy smokes. They’re a heck of a team. They did a heck of a job tonight.”

The high-powered offenses traded long first-half scoring drives before Glass’s 2-yard run put Lancaster up 21-14 midway through the second quarter. Amherst (13-1) was on the verge of answering again, but quarterback Garrett Groshek fumbled at the end of a 7-yard run and Glass recovered at the 3-yard line with 21 seconds left in the half.

“What was crucial was coming out in the second half and stopping them from putting some points on the board that they didn’t quite get at the end of the first half,” said Lancaster coach John Hoch. “And then, us coming back and getting some points. Once you get up by two scores, it seems like everything lightens up and the kids played harder.”

Glass hauled in a 28-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Nate Tranel for the only points of the third quarter and then added a 1-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 35-14 with 11:20 remaining.

After recovering a fumble by Glass, the Falcons drove 77 yards and pulled within 35-21 on Connor Zblewski’s 3-yard run with 5:53 left. Amherst got the ball back with 3:04 remaining, but Tranel stopped the drive with an interception at the Lancaster 24.

On the next play, Brett Snider went 76 yards up the right sideline for the Flying Arrows’ final score.

“Those guys were good,” Glass said. “When I fumbled, I got a little worried because they’re a good team and they’re going to take advantage of your mishaps.”

Groshek finished with 157 yards rushing on 30 carries and also passed for 143 yards. Zblewski added 105 yards on 21 attempts.

Lancaster, which had scored 213 points in its four-game playoff run to the final - including an 82-45 victory in the Level 1 game - piled up 389 yards on the ground on 39 carries - a whopping 10.0 yards per carry.

“They attacked us on the perimeter,” Lusic said. “They did what they do best against us. They made plays when they had to make plays and we didn’t. That’s the difference.”

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