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Bruins edge Bearcats, 7-6

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Big plays boost LHS in comeback victory

By Robert Howey

 Robert Howey

rhowey@thelancasternews.com

CHESTER – Lancaster made its share of big plays on both sides of the ball to post a 7-6 win over Class AAAA foe Rock Hill High School in the Chester County High School Jamboree at Chester High School on Friday, Aug. 15.

The biggest play of the night for the Bruins came on LHS’s third possession after Rock Hill had snapped a scoreless draw for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead.

LHS, with a first and 10 at its 36 just after a Kadarius Wright 10-yard run, gave the ball to senior running back Dre Bailey.

Bailey, appeared to be halted for a loss, but kept pumping his legs and was able to elude a host of swarming Rock Hill tacklers.

Bailey dashed to the outside and sprinted toward the home bench and raced 64 yards for the Lancaster touchdown.

“That was a big play for Dre,” said LHS first-year head coach Bobby Collins. “He didn’t quit on the play and kept moving. It was a good effort on his part.”

Bailey’s stunning dash tied the game and then sophomore kicker Trevor Latham drilled the extra point for a 7-6 lead.

Rock Hill broke on top for its score as the Bearcats, in six plays, drove 49 yards, with Cats’ quarterback Cameron McKinney hitting Antonio Hardy on a 27-yard scoring strike on a fourth-and-two play.

The extra point was missed and Rock Hill had a 6-0 lead, which was short-lived as the determined Bailey came up big for the Bruins.

“We had him stuffed and I think some of our kids were trying to strip the ball,” Rock Hill coach Bubba Pittman said. “Fundamentally, we didn’t get him down. I think we thought we had him stopped, but we let him get away.”

Rock Hill appeared bound for six on its opening possession as the Cats drove to the LHS one, but Bruins’ senior linebacker Cameron Meadows intercepted a McKinney pass at the goal and returned it to the LHS 12.

“We bent some, but didn’t break,” Collins said. “Cameron made a huge play for us.”

Lancaster, after stopping a Rock Hill threat and forcing a punt, was able to control the ball at the end of the period to seal the win.

LHS drove from its 10 to the Rock Hill 27 to kill the clock.

An 18-yard pass from Keendarius Truesdale to Jay Hood, who had four catches for 37 yards, kept the drive alive on a third-and-10 play from the LHS 10.

Truesdale later in the drive had a short run to keep the march going and then connected with Hood on a 10-yard pass on a fourth-and-five snap.

“We had a good effort tonight, but there are some areas to correct like our penalties,” Collins said. “I’m excited about where we are at this point. We will work to correct those mistakes in practice.”

Pittman said he was impressed with the Bruins.

“Lancaster is much improved and their skills guys can go,” he said. “They’re going to do some good things.”

Rock Hill opens its season Friday night, Aug. 22 at Blythewood High School, while Lancaster will play in the annual Founders Kickoff Classic at Memorial Stadium.

In other jamboree action at Chester High on Friday night, Lewisville edged Garinger of Charlotte, 12-6 as Trey Keels hit Mike Hill on a four-yard scoring pass as time expired. Christian Laws had the other Lions’ TD.

Great Falls topped Alleghany, 13-7 as Hakeem Simpson scored a pair of touchdowns, one on a 50-yard scoring catch, and the other on a 76-yard scoring run.

Host Chester High School capped the night, dropping a 7-0 loss to Olympic High of Charlotte.

 

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