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Bruins shell Fort Mill

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By Robert Howey

FORT MILL – The only thing wider than the Lancaster High School football players’ victory smiles was the margin of victory Thursday night.The 2-0 Bruins, who haven’t allowed an offensive touchdown this season, rolled to a 41-0 win over Class AAAA foe Fort Mill at the Jackets’ Bob Jones Stadium.Lancaster, 2-0 to open the season for the first time since the 2002 campaign, ignited for 21 first-half points and cruised to the lopsided victory over the Jackets.Fort Mill, 0-2, has been outscored 83-0 in two games. LHS has outpointed its first two foes, 72-6.LHS, bolstered by a productive ground game which netted 338 yards, struck on its second play from scrimmage as junior running back Zed Truesdale, who ran for 129 yards in five carries, dashed 30 yards for the first of his two scores.The Bruins extended their lead to 14-0 in the second period as they went 91 yards in 11 plays, with running back Marco Wylie sprinting six yards for the score. Anna Funderburk, who booted five of six extra points, drilled the conversion.LHS senior running back Jamias Clark, who ran for 83 yards in 12 carries, sparked the scoring march with a 21-yard dash.“We have a stable of good running backs,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said. “We were able to keep some fresh legs in there and it makes a difference. We’re able to keep pressure on their defense.“Our backs got a lot of yardage on second and third effort,” he said. “They kept moving and they had the holes. It’s a tribute to them they don’t go down on just one hit.”Lancaster capped its first-half scoring with Truesdale dashing in from four yards out. Senior receiver Shane Carter, who had two catches for 47 yards, had a 34-yard reception to key the scoring drive.“It was nothing fancy and they came right at us,” FM coach Ed Susi said. “Their backs ran well and we didn’t stop anything.”LHS continued its solid play in the second half as Bruins’ junior quarterback Matt Reese powered in from two yards out. Truesdale’s 52-yard run to the FM two-yard line early in the second half keyed the scoring drive which put LHS up 28-0.“We came out fired up and just kept building on our lead,” Clark said. “Our line opened the holes and our backs ran hard.”Wylie, who ran for 43 yards in three carries, pushed the Bruins’ lead to a 35-0 lead, sprinting in from 37 yards with 7:20 left in the third period.LHS’s sound ground attack added its final score as senior running back Wilric Waiters raced 30 yards for a 41-0 spread. Funderburk, following a penalty, came on to try what was a 35-yard extra point, but missed the mark after opening the season with nine straight conversion kicks.The Bruins’ sophomore defensive back Jock Massey sealed the Bruins’ defensive effort with a late interception.“Our defense hasn’t given up any points in two games and that’s all you can ask for,” McMurray said. “We’re real proud of our kids, but not satisfied. We’re on a streak, but we have to keep it going.“It’s a matter of working and improving because we have another tough rivalry game next week at Buford.”The Jackets, 2-0, topped Andrew Jackson 28-21 on Thursday when they spoiled the Vols’ home opener in a comeback win.