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AA Rivals tangle Friday

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Prep Football Roundup

By Robert Howey

 

A county rivalry highlights week six high school football play for Class AA schools.

Andrew Jackson will host Buford in their annual football battle to kick off play in Region IV-AA.

Indian Land hits the road for its league opener as the Warriors venture to Cheraw to battle the Braves.

Lancaster, which launched its region play last week, takes the bus to Fort Mill to face the Nation Ford Falcons.

Buford, which has won two straight to improve to 3-2, hopes to extend its winning streak as the Jackets launch league play, but BHS coach Mike Wells said it will be tough.

“Andrew Jackson plays us tough and we expect another battle Friday night,” Wells said. “What stands out to me is that Andrew Jackson could easily have won every game. They have been in every game and I know they will battle hard this week after dropping a tough loss at North Central.

“I’m impressed with Kolby Whitley, who throws the ball well and is more of a running threat this season,” Wells said. “He also had some outstanding receivers to throw to.

“We have to do a good job on defense and our offense has to be productive and control the game,” he said. “That way we keep the ball away from their big-play people.”

AJ coach David Moore said the Jackets will be tough to defend.

“They do a good job executing their offense and keeping the ball away from their foe,” Moore said. “We have to focus and concentrate on keeping the ball away from them. They have a strong group of backs which makes the task that much tougher.”

Moore added the Vols need to focus on their kicking game.

“We had some missed opportunities on extra points and field goals,” Moore said. “That’s often the difference in a close game, so we have to convert on all of our scoring chances.”

Lancaster High coach Bennie McMurray said the Bruins’ focus is the offense.

“We need to be more productive on offense, with only six points in our last eight quarters,” McMurray said. “We have to do a better job of protecting the football and getting more of a push up front to give us offensive consistency.”

Indian Land, 1-4, hopes to rebound after dropping a home loss to McBee.

“We have to find a way to win close games and play well on the road,” IL coach Mike Mayer said. “We also have to win the turnover battle and protect the football. We need zero turnovers.”

Mayer added a consistent running game is crucial to the Warriors’ hopes.

“We also have to correct our mistakes on extra points and field goals which led to two blocked kicks last week against McBee. That played a big difference in a close game last week.”