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The Buford High School seniors prevailed in the annual powder puff football game, posting an 18-6 win over the freshman at BHS’s Jackets Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
The game, sponsored by the Buford High chapter of the Future Educators Association, saw the BHS seniors seal the 12-point win as Erica Blackmon dashed 90 yards for her second score of the night.
The Jackets seniors broke on top as Courtney Ackerman hit Mikayla Hannah on a 75-yard scoring pass for a 6-0 lead.
Blackmon picked off a pass and dashed 65 yards with the interception to give the BHS seniors a 12-0 halftime lead.
The Buford freshmen battled back as Sydney Sullivan scored on a 15-yard run to make it 12-6.
Blackmon’s game-sealing scoring run came on a fourth-down snap from the BHS seniors’ 10-yard line.
The Buford seniors edged the sophomores, 7-6 to earn a bid to the championship game.
The Buford freshmen notched a 20-12 win over the juniors to earn the shot at the seniors.
“We really appreciate the support from the community,” said Pam Langley, who co-sponsors the Buford FEA with Beth Seegars. “We raised about $2500. The response was outstanding.”
Game proceeds will be used to fund the chapter’s trip to the national convention in Minneapolis, Minn., next spring.
Game sponsors included Pageland Family Pharmacy, Stephen Norwood Race Cars, 31 Gifts by Aimee Hannah, Fort Lawn Marathon, Buford Little General, Langley’s Collision Center, Fay Engineering Consultants, Face Painting by Lisa, Josh Langley Racing, Buford Booster Club, Steve Norwood Performance Engines, Buford Screen Print and IGA of Kershaw.
Rucker downs South in 14-6 comeback win
A.R. Rucker evened its record at 2-2 and knocked Lancaster area middle school football rival South from the unbeaten ranks with a 14-6 comeback win over the Mustangs on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Memorial Stadium.
South broke on top as Shalliah Stevens hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass to give the Mustangs a 6-0 lead.
Rucker answered as Keshawn Cunningham scored the first of his two touchdowns in the eight-point win.
Cunningham tallied on a 12-yard run to tie the game at 6-all.
On the conversion, Kemarkio Cloud connected with Dez Stowers to give the Rams an 8-6 lead.
Rucker tallied its final touchdown in the final period as Cunningham sprinted 30 yards to wrap up the win.
Cloud ran for 44 yards to lead the Rams’ offense.
Rucker coach Brett Blackmon saluted the Rams’ defense, noting the play of nose guard Maurice Kirkland and defensive back Allen Cooper.
Rucker ventures to Indian Land to face ILMS on Thursday, Oct. 10.
South is idle next week before traveling to Buford to face unbeaten Buford Middle School on Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m.
BHS hosts Best in the Nest tournament
The Buford High School Best in the Nest volleyball tournament is Saturday, Oct. 5 in the Jackets gym.
The field includes Hartsville, Indian Land, Lancaster, North Central and the host Lady Jackets.
Pool play begins at 9 a.m. and will continue to 3 p.m.
The championship match is set for 4:30 p.m.
Matches at 9 a.m. are Buford vs. North Central and Lancaster vs. Indian Land.
The 10:30 a.m. matches are Buford vs. Hartsville and North Central vs. Lancaster.
The noon matches are Lancaster vs. Buford and Indian Land vs. Hartsville.
Matches at 1:30 p.m. are Buford vs. Indian Land and Hartsville vs. North Central.
The 3 p.m. matches have Indian Land meeting North Central and Lancaster vs. Hartsville.
Rucker sweeps South in volleyball victory
The A.R. Rucker volleyball team improved to 6-0 on the season with a 3-0 win over rival South Middle School earlier this week.
Ashley Abbott highlighted the Rams’ play with 25 straight service points to open the sweep with a 25-0 win.
Rucker capped the sweep, winning 25-5 and 25-19.
Rucker hosted Andrew Jackson Middle School on Thursday, Oct. 3.
LHS tennis falls
The Lancaster High School tennis team fell to 4-7 on the season, dropping a region loss to Nation Ford High of Fort Mill on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
Lancaster High faced South Pointe High School in region play on Thursday, Oct. 3.