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Chester High charges back for 14-3 win

By Robert Howey

 

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CHESTER – Lancaster came out strong, but the Chester Cyclones proved to be a force in capping the Chester Jamboree with a 14-3 win over the Bruins on Friday, Aug. 16 at Chester High School Stadium.

The Cyclones spotted Lancaster an early 3-0 lead, but then they came on to tally two unanswered touchdowns in the jamboree.

Lorenzo White, who ran for 106 yards in 11 carries and two touchdowns, was the Chester spark in the comeback victory.

White capped a 95-yard Chester drive with a nine-yard scoring run to give CHS a 7-3 lead with 9:52 to play in the second period.

White keyed the eight-play drive with a 36-yard dash to the Lancaster 37.

Five plays later, White ran in to put the home team ahead for good.

“Lorenzo had some really good runs, but he’s still making some fundamental mistakes which we will have to continue to work on,” Chester coach Anthony Sterling said.

White extended the Cyclones’ lead to 14-3 with an 18-yard scoring run later in the second period.

The Chester drive covered 70 yards, with White doing his share of the damage.

“We weren’t fancy with our offense and played basic football,” Sterling said. “We wanted to keep it basic and see how we did with our fundamentals of blocking and tackling.

“Having the chance to go against coach McMurray’s team is a plus,” Sterling said.  “We can learn from him.”

Lancaster opened play with a solid series, driving 70 yards in 16 plays behind the play of junior quarterback Keendarius Truesdale.

The drive stalled at the CHS 11 and Lancaster coach Bennie McMurray called on sophomore kicker Trevor Latham who came on and drilled a 28-yard field goal.

“We did a good job of getting down the field, but we didn’t get the ball in the end zone,” McMurray said. “We have to do a better job of scoring in the red zone, and that’s an area we will work on.

“Overall with our first time on the field in a live situation and the coaches on the sidelines and not behind the players as in scrimmages, I thought we did well,” McMurray said. “We have room for improvement, but we hustled and gave good effort.

“We’re still missing too many tackles,” he said. “We can’t be satisfied with this and we need to keep working to get better.”

Lancaster will have its final scrimmage Tuesday when the Bruins travel to Union to face Union County and Boiling Springs.

LHS will play in the annual Founders Kickoff Classic at Buford High School next Friday, Aug. 23 when the Bruins play Indian Land in the third period and Buford in the final quarter.

Play opens at 6 p.m. with Central battling Fort Mill followed by Andrew Jackson meeting McBee.

Buford and AJ were washed out of jamboree action Friday night in Camden where the annual Camden Shrine Jamboree was canceled and not reset.

In other jamboree play at Chester, Great Falls blanked Alleghany of Sparta, N.C., 20-0. Red Devils’ quarterback Chris Culp threw three touchdown passes, including two to Jamarcus Culp, who had scoring grabs of 60 and 37 yards.

Lewisville rolled to a 22-0 win over Garinger High School of Charlotte.

Tony Gaston hauled in scoring passes of 33 and nine yards from Cody Montgomery to highlight the action. Gaston also had an interception in the Lions’ win.

Chester County high school football teams will open regular-season play Friday, Aug. 23 when the CHS Cyclones visit York and Great Falls hosts Lewisville.

The Lancaster County prep football season opens with two games Friday, Aug. 30. Andrew Jackson hosts Lancaster in the 44th meeting in the series.

Buford will be at home to face Indian Land in the first of two meetings during the 2013 prep football campaign.

Indian Land, idle Friday night, saw jamboree action Saturday night, Aug. 17 when the Warriors faced host Nation Ford in the annual Battle of the Border Jamboree.