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Coaches note progress

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By The Staff

Lancaster County teams saw their first scrimmage action Friday and the four county coaches said there was progress.Lancaster scrimmaged at Chesterfield, while AJ and Buford competed in a four-way scrimmage at Lewisville.Indian Land was part of a three-way scrimmage at Class A foe Whitmire where Dreher High of Columbia also participated. All four teams will scrimmage on Tuesday.Bruins’ tracks positiveCHESTERFIELD – Lancaster High head coach Bennie McMurray said the Bruins made progress in their three-way scrimmage with Marlboro County and host Chesterfield on Friday.“We had some good spurts in there and I saw some bright spots,” McMurray said. “We’ve been banging and hitting on each other for a week at camp, so it was good to get a shot at somebody else today.“Our players are competing with and for each other,” he said. “It’s coming and I’m optimistic about our season. They’ve worked hard and it’s obvious.”Junior quarterback Matt Reese guided the offense for the bulk of the three-hour scrimmage.“We had some turnovers and made some mistakes, but that’s part of a first scrimmage,” McMurray said. “We want to improve there and eliminate those things as we move on in the preseason.“We have to in order to be a good football team,” McMurray said.Lancaster hosts Lewisville and Fairfield Central on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Fans attending will be charged $2.00 which will be used to pay for food to feed the teams.LHS battles Great Falls in the Rock Hill jamboree on Saturday at 5 p.m.Vols, Jackets see plusesRICHBURG – The Andrew Jackson High and Buford High school football teams got a chance to work out against different colored uniforms on Friday.The Vols and the Yellow Jackets spent about three hours in a four-way scrimmage with Ridge Spring-Monetta and host Lewisville.New Andrew Jackson football coach Louis Clyburn said he wasn’t looking for a playoff-caliber performance as much as he was looking for attitude and competitiveness.Right now, Clyburn said the Vols are a work in progress.“I wasn’t expecting us to be ready to take on Lancaster and we aren’t,” he said. “We have a long way to go and have got to get better with the basics of blocking and tackling.”A 40-yard touchdown run by AJ’s Darian Henderson against Buford was a big momentum swing in the early going, but Clyburn said his team needs to understand the importance of playing with the same intensity and effort on every down.“For us, it’s going to be one play at the time, one game at the time,” he said. “If we can teach them about tempo and riding a wave after a 5-yard gain like they are after a 40-yard score, we will be OK. We have to get them to the point that they are excited about every single play that’s called.”Buford High School football coach Mike Wells said Friday’s work was a typical first scrimmage.“Too many penalties and too many mistakes at key times,” Wells said. “That ain’t gonna get it and we’ve got to cut out that stuff.”Still, Wells was pleased with his team’s overall effort.“Our kids got after it pretty good, but they always do,” he said, noting how the Jackets’ defense flew to the ball on almost every down.“That’s what we’re looking for, but we just have to keep working to get better,” Wells said.Both teams have scrimmages in two days.Andrew Jackson hosts Lugoff-Elgin and South Florence on Tuesday at 6 p.m.Clyburn said the Vols booster club will have concessions open.Buford will entertain Dillon, Fort Mill and the Weddington High School Warriors, led by former Jackets’ coach Phil Williams, at 6 p.m. Tuesday.AJ’s annual Meet the Vols is slated for Thursday at 6 p.m.The Jackets and Volunteers are scheduled to meet in the Camden Shrine Jamboree on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Zemp Stadium.Warriors have solid dayWHITMIRE – Indian Land head football coach Mike Mayer said the Warriors’ scrimmage opener “went well” as IL battled Dreher High School of Columbia and host Whitmire on Friday.“This was our best first scrimmage since 2005,” Mayer said. “Our backs ran well and our first offensive line group was solid.”“I feel, at this point, our defense is ahead of the offense,” said Mayer, who noted IL caused four turnovers in the scrimmage.Ted Boston picked off a pass and Luke Lambert had two interceptions. Trevor Jones caused a fumble.On the offensive side, Breyon Williams and Troy Wongsang each had a touchdown.“Our intensity and attitude were good,” Mayer said. “We still have work to do, but we will be back at it at 4 p.m. Monday for our varsity and junior varsity players. One area we need to work on is developing depth.”IL travels to Great Falls on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. scrimmage which will include work on the kicking game.Indian Land faces Nation Ford in the Rock Hill Jamboree on Saturday at 4 p.m. at District Three Stadium.