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The Blue team used a long scoring play and a short TD run to notch a 12-6 win over the White team in the annual Lancaster High School spring football game on Saturday, May 24 at Memorial Stadium.
The game marked the start of the coach Bobby Collins era as the Bruins’ head coach.
Collins, a Sumter native who came to LHS in February from Hough High School in Cornelius, N.C., replaced coach Bennie McMurray, who retired in December.
Darius Robinson, who saw action at quarterback last season for the Bruins, put the Blue team up early as he connected on an 80-yard touchdown pass to Desmond Ricks.
The Blues extended their lead to 12-0 as Dreshun Stewart tallied on a short run in the final period. The White team made it a game as signal-caller Keendarius Truesdale dashed 55 yards on a keeper to make it 12-6.
White’s fullback John Bush sparked the offense with hard running throughout the game. Bush ran for 60 yards on the day.
Dre Bailey aided the Blue defense with an interception.
Defensive lineman Trevin Mingo-Watts aided the White defense with three sacks on the day.
“This was a good, competitive game-type scrimmage and I really liked the way our guys competed during the game,” Collins said. “I felt our younger players competed well for us on both sides of the football today out there.
“We know we have areas to work on and improve, but we felt this was a good start for us,” he said.
The Bruins opened spring practice May 8 and worked from there, with the spring game capping the Bruins spring drills.
Lancaster will continue to work with its weight program and other football-related activities.
Pre-season practice begins Aug. 1.
LHS hosts the annual Founders Federal Credit Union Kickoff Classic, a scrimmage, on Friday, Aug. 22 when all four county teams will compete. The Bruins host Andrew Jackson on Aug. 29 when the Bruins launch their 2014 season under coach Collins.