Friday focus streaks, skids

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Prep football roundup

By Robert Howey



Week four in the 2012 Lancaster County high school football season finds the teams focusing on streaks and skids.

Two teams are hoping to extend their streaks.

Another pair is shooting to halt skids.

Andrew Jackson and Buford, each coming off wins, hope to duplicate their success from last Friday night. Lancaster and Indian Land are seeking to end skids.

The Bruins, for the second time this season, will be at Blythewood High School for a road clash. LHS, which fell to Ridge View two weeks ago, returns to Blythewood to battle the 2-1 Bengals.

Andrew Jackson, coming off a road win over McBee, will be at home to face Class A foe Great Falls High School.

Buford, 2-1, hosts 3-1 Lewisville, while Indian Land, 0-3, will be at home to battle Marvin Ridge of Waxhaw, N.C.

LHS coach Bennie McMurray said the Bruins face another test in a Bengals football team which has posted two straight wins.

“They do a good job of mixing the pass and run,” McMurray said. “What they do, they do well.

“On defense, they keep the pressure on you,” he said. “They stunt often which means our offensive line must be focused and be able to handle their pressure.

“The big thing with our team is to reduce our mistakes and continue to make strides in the special teams,” McMurray said. “We played well at times in the kicking game, but other times we were inconsistent and Central took advantage. We have to be consistent in all phases.”

Andrew Jackson coach David Moore said the Vols face another battle in Great Falls.

“They don’t have a lot of depth, but what they send out there is pretty tough,” Moore said. “They, like always, have good athletes. They are dangerous and can strike from any point of the football field.

“The key Friday is to control the football and keep it away from their big-play people,” Moore said. “We can’t allow them to build momentum and take control of the game.

“We still are making mistakes, but we have to eliminate those and be on top of our game on both sides of the ball,” Moore added.

Buford High coach Mike Wells said Lewisville, 3-1 on the season, will be a challenge for the Jackets on Friday night at BHS.

“Lewisville has really made strides over last season and they are on a roll with a good start to the season under coach Mitchell,” Wells said. “They have some fine athletes and they’re very athletic.

“Lewisville is also a veteran team and they are tough to defend because they can hurt you with the pass and run.

“We must control the game with our offense and limit their possessions,” Wells said. “We have to execute and protect the football because they have a knack of making big plays and forcing turnovers. They had a key interception against Indian Land which changed the game last week.”

Indian Land hopes to halt its 0-3 skein when 3-1 Marvin Ridge visits the Warriors’ Reservation.

IL coach Mike Mayer noted three keys for the Warriors.

“We have to win the turnover battle, force some on their side and keep our turnovers low,” Mayer said. “We also have to guard against the big play on defense. That’s been an area where we’ve been hurt in our previous game.

“It’s also important to keep the game close going into the fourth quarter to give us a chance to get the win,” Mayer said.