Centurions rally, down Warriors

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The song remains the same in the early season for the Indian Land Warriors.

Friday night, Indian Land went toe to toe with the host Broome Centurions, but ultimately succumbed, 27-16, thanks to their own mistakes, Broome’s running game, and the Centurion defense.

Broome went three-and-out on their first drive, and things went from bad to worse for the Centurions. 

The ball was snapped over Brenden Taylor’s head and he was knocked down trying to get off the punt. Alex Murphy was on the spot to pick it up and race 31 yards to make it 7-0, ILHS.

The Warriors then picked up a short punt at the Broome 32 after stopping them again inside the Centurions’ 20.

A holding penalty pushed Indian Land back to the 41, but then the Warriors’ David Loughry found AJ Jefferson wide open down the middle to make it 14-0 on a 41-yard scoring pass. Brandon Dickerson kicked the extra point.

On the ensuing kickoff, Broome’s Ja’Qun Williams fielded the ball at the BHS three, broke a tackle at the 25 then streaked down the far sideline 97 yards to cut the ILHS lead to 14-7.

Just when it appeared Broome had gotten back in the game, Taylor was sacked in the end zone for a safety to make it 16-7 Warriors.

The second quarter belonged to Broome, but they would only manage to score seven points. The Centurions’ run defense, which only gave up 23 yards on 28 carries, kept Broome in the game. Broome was able to cash in on Jarius Jeter’s interception when Jeter scored from nine yards out to make 16-14.

The Centurions had a chance to take the lead, but another bad snap prevented them from kicking the field goal.

The third quarter saw the Broome’s running game take over, in large part due to injury.

Taylor was injured scrambling on the Centurion’s last drive of the first half, and he was replaced by Williams.

The combination of Williams and Jeter led the Broome’s offense the rest of the way.

Jeter, who ran for 75 yards in 18 carries, scored from two yards out to give Broome its first lead, 21-16. Broome again took advantage of a short field when defensive lineman Dylan Threadgill picked off Loughry at the Indian Land 30.

Broome played ball control for the rest of the game, and the Centurions were able to do so thanks to their defense, which only gave up one first down in the second half until the Warriors’ last drive.

Wilkins’ 19-yard run halfway through the fourth made the final 27-16 Broome.

“We took advantage on special teams and got a big play to make it 14-0,” ILHS coach Horatio Blades said. “After that, we made too many mistakes and gave up key field position. I’m proud of everyone’s effort we just have to limit our mistakes going forward.”

Loughry was 6-14 passing for 94 yards, while Jay Hildreth was 3-7 for 27 yards.

Jacob Carroll ran 41 yards in 12 carries and Tyree Sistare netted 14 yards on three carries.

The Warriors’ AJ Jefferson had five catches for 76 yards and Caleb Wallace two receptions for 26 yards.