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Braves’ firepower too much for Vols in 48-7 road defeat

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Kim Roberts

For The Lancaster News

CHERAW – Cheraw rolled up 407 yards total offense in defeating Andrew Jackson 48-7 on CHS’s homecoming on Friday night.

The Braves turned two AJ turnovers into touchdowns in the first half en route to a 41-0 halftime lead.

“We certainly did not help ourselves with the number of mistakes we made tonight,” said AJ coach David Moore. “Cheraw is good enough without us helping them with turnovers.

“Injuries are part of the game, but we missed William Cunningham (defensive tackle) and Javaris Clyburn (running back and corner back) tonight,” said Moore. “We are playing a lot of young players who will be helpful down the road.”

Cheraw set the tempo of the game with a 77-yard, six-play drive on the opening possession.

Marvin Lauderdale, a Shrine Bowl pick, capped the drive with an 11-yard jaunt for the touchdown.

James Davis added the first of six extra points to give the Braves a lead they would never relinquish.

Cheraw scored on its next possession, with Lauderdale scoring the second of his three touchdowns.

The Braves marched 65 yards in six plays for the score. Lauderdale ran in from seven yards for the score. CHS led 14-0 with 3:21 left in the first quarter.

AJ fumbled on the next play from scrimmage, with John Cooks recovering at the Vols’ nine. Lauderdale wasted no time in scoring from the nine-yard line to up the lead to 20-0.

After an AJ three-and-out, Cheraw moved 56 yards in eight plays. Darrell Hawkins powered into the end zone for a 27-0 lead with 10 minutes left in the half.

Quinta Brown kept the Braves’ juggernaut rolling with a 34-yard “pick-six” off an errant Kolby Whitley pass with 9:05 left in the half.

Cheraw forced another AJ three-and-out and began a 52-yard scoring march with Xavier Taylor scoring from the one-yard line.

The Braves continued their momentum with a Deion Sanders interception at the AJ 31.

Justin Chapman raced 17 yards to punctuate the six-play scoring drive with 7:46 left in the third quarter to up the lead to 48-0.

Andrew Jackson averted the shutout with a 65-yard, six-play drive, culminating with a determined 10-yard TD run by Chris White. On the drive, White rushed for 54 yards.

Tyler Denkins added the extra point to make the final score, 48-7.

White led the AJ offense with 77 rushing yards on 11 attempts. Quay Perry ran for 11 yards on three carries, while Whitley netted four yards on a carry. Gavin Clyburn picked up two yards on one rush.

Whitley completed 8-12 passing for 34 yards.

Bobby Delly led the AJ receivers with three catches for 19 yards. Quincy Grier had two receptions for six yards. Quadarius Fair had one catch netting two yards. Gavin Clyburn caught one pass for one yard.

Corley Faulkenberry thwarted a Braves scoring threat with an interception.

Lauderdale picked up 137 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Braves’ offense.

Braves quarterback Malcolm Hunter rushed for 60 yards on four carries, while completing 9-14 passing for 76 yards.

Andrew Jackson, 3-5, 0-3, hosts Central of Pageland on Friday.

 The CHS Eagles rolled to a 40-0 home win over Indian Land High School on Friday night at Central High School.