County teams focus on playoffs, pride

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Prep football roundup

By Robert Howey

Playoffs and pride are the focal points in week 11 play for Lancaster County high school football teams.
Buford, Andrew Jackson and Indian Land are looking to the upcoming Class AA Upper State playoffs.
Lancaster High School, out of the playoff picture in Class AAAA, is playing for pride this week.

In games this week, Lancaster caps its 2012 season with a Region III-AAAA road game at South Pointe High School of Rock Hill.

Buford, with a first-round bye in the Class AA Upper State Div. II playoffs as the third seed, is idle this Friday.

The Jackets, who finished third in Region IV-AA play to earn the bye, will face the Chesterfield vs. Batesburg-Leesville winner from the opening week in second round play on Nov. 9.

Andrew Jackson, in the Class AA Upstate Division II playoffs, has a short bus ride as the Vols, 4-6, venture to Boonetown to face the rival Knights, 5-5.

Indian Land, in the Class AA Division I Upper State playoffs, travels to Newberry to face the 7-3 Bulldogs.
Buford High School coach Mike Wells said the Jackets are focusing on their upcoming playoff game.

“We had Monday off and then went back to work Tuesday with an extensive film session,” Wells said. “We will practice Wednesday and Thursday and also look to get some of our bumps and bruises taken care of.

“It’s been a tough season, but we’re proud of what our players have accomplished and what’s ahead,” Wells said.

“We have to keep working and playing hard.”

Andrew Jackson High coach David Moore said the Vols, who rolled to a 42-6 home win over the Knights, will face an improved Knights team.

“They have made strides and are a better team than what we faced in week three at home,” Moore said. “They have a solid quarterback in King and they’re a greater threat with their running game.”
Moore noted the rivalry factor.

“We know each other well,” Moore said. “The key for us is to control the ball and that means we have to be much more efficient on offense.

“I feel the special teams will play a key role, so we have to perform well there,” Moore said. “That’s been a plus for us this season and we have to keep that going.”
Indian Land, 1-9, has a tall order, according to Warriors’ coach Mike Mayer.

“They’re huge, easily the biggest team we’ve faced this season,” Mayer said. “This is a  challenge for us, but it’s the second season.

“What we did in the previous 10 weeks doesn’t matter now. What we have to do is go and play our best overall game of the season,” Mayer said. “I know we’re going to be the underdog, but in our position, we have nothing to lose and plenty to gain.”

Lancaster High School coach Bennie McMurray said the 2-8 Bruins have a major challenge in facing 9-1 South Pointe at District Three South Stadium on Friday night.

South Pointe had won nine straight before falling to York, 31-17  last week in Rock Hill.

“Since South Pointe is coming off its first loss, this isn’t the best time of the season to face them, but there’s probably not a good time to face them,” McMurray said. “South Pointe is the next team up on the schedule, so we have to go there and give it our best shot.

“The key for us is to get off to a good start and play well for four quarters,” McMurray said. “We’ve played well in spurts this season, but we have to be consistent for four quarters.

“That’s the key,” he said. “Save our best game for last.”