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It was only a jamboree, but it closed on an exciting note.
Myers Park of Charlotte had one final shot to pull out a comeback win, but Mustangs’ rifled-armed quarterback Ross Jeffries’ 37-yard pass into the end zone fell incomplete and Lancaster held on for a 12-7 win over MPHS.
The Mustangs’ drive came after the Bruins, down 7-6, drove 58 yards in eight plays to score the winning touchdown.
LHS sophomore quarterback Cameron Meadows blasted five yards for the winning score with a minute to play.
LHS senior quarterback Kaderrious Jackson, who ran for 52 yards in 17 carries and was 9-17 for 137 yards, sparked the winning drive.
Jay Hood, who had 29 yards in two catches, keyed the drive with a 21-yard catch at the MPHS 21.
Three plays later, Meadows, subbing under center for Jackson who was shaken up on the previous play on a late hit, dashed in from five-yards out.
“We did a good job of executing our two-minute offense,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said. “We worked on it, so it was good to see us produce in a clutch situation. We made some good throws and good reads.”
The Mustangs, who fell to the Bruins 7-6 last season, broke on top, making the most of Dion Mesiah’s blocked punt at the LHS 28. Three plays later, the Mustangs’ Jaquavian Alexander bulled in from two yards out for a 7-0 lead after the conversion.
Lancaster answered with a 59-yard drive for the score, Jackson’s seven-yard keeper.
Jackson keyed the drive with a 37-yard pass to C.D. Pelham at the 10.
The extra point sailed left and MP held a 7-6 lead, which held up until Meadows’ TD dash.
The LHS defensive effort was boosted by Will Jackson’s fumble recovery and 23-yard return early in the scrimmage.
“We made some young mistakes, but we also had some bright spots,” McMurray said. “We will review our film to give us a better assessment of where we are.”
ILHS beats Harding
Indian Land High School was a revenge winner in the third annual Battle at the Border Jamboree at Fort Mill High School’s Bob Jones Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 11.
The Warriors, who dropped a 16-7 loss to Harding University High School of Charlotte last August in Fort Mill, avenged the nine-point defeat with a 10-6 win over the Rams.
“This doesn’t make the season and we can play better than we did today, but this was better than last year,” IL coach Mike Mayer said. “Last year, we took a 7-0 lead, but turnovers hurt us and allowed them to get back in the game and get the win.”
The Warriors used a turnover, lineman Isaiah Vinson’s fumble recovery, to spark their first touchdown drive.
Vinson’s recovery came at the Rams’ 29-yard line and four plays later, Warriors junior running back Terrell White bolted into the end zone from 15 yards out for the touchdown with 7:24 to play in the opening period. Chad Thomas drilled the conversion for a 7-0 lead.
“I like the way we took the ball in for a score after we forced a turnover,” Mayer said.
The Warriors extended their lead, driving to the Rams’ 3-yard line, where Thomas booted a 20-yard field goal with 1:03 to play in the opening period.
IL sparked the drive, with the combined running of Dominique Smith and passing of George Morris. Smith ran for 30 yards on six carries in the scrimmage.
After Thomas drilled his field goal, Harding answered as Brian Brooks took the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.
“Our kickoff coverage is an area we need to work on, but that’s the reason we have scrimmages and jamborees,” Mayer said. “We know there are areas to improve, but I was glad we won to build some momentum.”
Manny McCord made the stop on the sweep to blunt the Rams’ conversion. Later, McCord had an interception to foil a late Rams’ threat.
“We made some plays at times, but then there were other times where we didn’t finish drives to put the game away,” Mayer said. “We played well enough to win, but we have some kinks to work out and I feel we will get there.”
ILHS to host
The ninth annual Founders Kickoff Classic will be played Friday, Aug. 17, at Indian Land High’s Reservation.
The 2012 scrimmage features seven teams, with Lancaster High School slated to play twice in the clash.
Here’s the schedule:
u 6 p.m.: Andrew Jackson High School vs McBee High School
u 7 p.m.: Fort Mill High School vs. Northern Guilford (N.C.) High School
u 8 p.m.: Buford High School vs. Lancaster
u 9 p.m.: Indian Land vs. Lancaster
Advance tickets will be available at the schools for $5. Admission at the gate on game night is $6.