Blue stars back in action tonight

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By Ernie Rowell

The Lancaster County Blue all-stars, fresh off a solid road win, is back at it tonight. Coach Sammy Lathan’s 10-under Lancaster County all-star football team will be at home to continue play in the Central District youth football playoffs.

The Lancaster County Blue was impressive in its playoff opener, rolling to a 36-0 win over Fairfield County at Fairfield Central High School in Winnsboro on Monday night. The Blue bolted to a 20-0 halftime lead on the way to the 36-point win. Kendarius Truesdale scored two touchdowns and Markeithan Watts added a pair of scores to lead the Blue to the win over the Fairfield stars.

Truesdale also tallied two extra points. Alex Brasington, on a razzle-dazzle play, took a reverse handoff and dashed 55 yards for a touchdown. Ty Myers sparked the Blue shutout as he scored a safety. Joseph Massey and Jiquin English each scored an extra point for the winners. Defensive end Markese McCloud had a solid game to aid the Blue defensive effort. “Our defense was stellar,” said Lathan, who guided the Bobcats to the 10-under division title during regular-season football play. “As good as our win was Monday, we have to put it behind us and focus on what we have to do tonight. “I’m not quite sure who we will be playing, but it gets tougher with each round you go in the playoffs,” Lathan said. “We had a fine effort on both sides of the football on Monday night, but we have to go out and do it again tonight. On the plus side, it will be good to be at home.” Mites post 24-6 win The Lancaster County mite all-stars, ages 11-12, were also impressive in their playoff opener, posting a 24-6 win over Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Red. Lancaster County opened the scoring as Tripp Rollings hit Quadarius Fair on a 27-yard scoring pass.

Robert White, who had a sterling effort, tallied on the conversion for an 8-0 lead. Rock Hill rebounded as the York County all-stars scored on an end zone fumble recovery to make it 8-6. Jimmy Hill dashed 31 yards for a touchdown and White added the conversion to give Lancaster County a 16-6 lead. White, who recovered two fumbles and picked off a pass, returned an interception 60 yards for a 22-6 lead. Hill tallied on the conversion to cap the 18-point Lancaster County win.

The Lancaster County stars are slated to be back in action Monday at a site to be determined later this week. In the opener at Memorial Stadium on Monday night, the Lancaster County Gold, ages 10-under, dropped a 30-12 loss to Rock Hill Red. Lancaster County broke on top as James Gardner connected with Garrett Crenshaw on a 12-yard pass play for a 6-0 lead. Rock Hill rallied to take an 8-6 lead at the break. The visitors extended their lead to 16-6 with a third-period touchdown. Lancaster County closed the gap to 16-12 as Joseph Sistare scored on a 65-yard run. Rock Hill sealed the win with a pair of long scoring plays. RH’s touchdowns came on a 55-yard scoring play and a 64-yard TD in the 18-point win.

Scotty Moser picked off a pass for Lancaster County in the game. “We’re real proud of all our all-star teams,” said Scott Caskey, who coordinates the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission youth football program. “We’re pleased to have a couple of teams still going in the tournament and wish them the best in the playoffs. “The Gold small fry team came up short, but they battled and gave a good effort out there,” Caskey said. “The coaches and players did a fine job representing our county and program. It was tough to lose, but that’s the way it is with football.”