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It’s the week of rebound for Lancaster County high school football teams in week three.
All four teams will be looking to bounce back from losses in week two last Friday night.
Three county teams will be at home.
Lancaster, in its second home game, hosts Class AA power Central of Pageland in their first-ever football meeting.
Buford opens its home schedule with a visit from the Athletes for Christ Rangers and Indian Land will entertain Lewisville.
Andrew Jackson will hit the road for a bus ride to McBee to face the Panthers.
All games are slated to kick off at 7:30 p.m.
Lancaster is hoping home will be as sweet as it was two weeks ago when the Bruins captured their opener with a win over Andrew Jackson.
LHS fell to Ridge View, 41-30 last week.
“It will be another tough game this week,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said. “We have to move on because this game will be a challenge for us.
“Central is one of the top teams year-in and year-out in Class AA and always in contention for the Class AA state title,” McMurray said. “They don’t pull any punches. They come right at you with a solid ground attack and dare you to stop them. We have to do a good job on defense and prevent them from dominating the game as they will try to do. We have to do a better job there.”
McMurray noted the Bruins have devoted extra practice time to their special teams play.
“We have to have better execution in our special teams, especially on our punting team,” he said. “A week ago, it put us in some tough situations and didn’t help our chances. We have to improve there.”
AJ, 0-2, is hoping to snap its two-game losing skid on its trip to McBee.
The Volunteers defeated McBee 26-0 in the Founders Kickoff Classic at Indian Land’s Reservation a week prior to the start of the season.
“McBee is a better team than we faced that day,” AJ coach David Moore said. “We can’t take any team for granted. We have to take care of our business and play well. I think a key for us is to eliminate turnovers.
“We had too many early turnovers last week against Lewisville and we never recovered from them,” he said. “We have to be on top of our game.”
Buford High coach Mike Wells said the Jackets are hoping for success in their home opener.
“We don’t know a great deal about the Rangers, but what we do know is that we have to play better than we did last week,” Wells said. “We had our share of mistakes last week. One key is area is making plays on defense. We had more missed tackles than made tackles.
“On offense, we have to execute better and do a better job of protecting the football,” Wells said. “I do know it will be good to be home and I hope we have a good turnout of fans to back us Friday night.”
Indian Land will be seeking to halt an 0-2 start as the Warriors host the 2-1 Lewisville Lions.
“Lewisville is a team which has improved a great deal since last football season,” IL coach Mike Mayer said. “They are coming off a solid road win over Andrew Jackson, so they will come in with momentum on their side.
“We have to play well,” Mayer said. “They key for us is to come out and get the early lead and build on it. Lewisville has shown its an opportunistic team, so we have to protect the football and not give them any easy scoring chances.”
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