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CAMDEN – Buford and Andrew Jackson opened the formal 2012 preseason at the 37th annual Camden Shrine jamboree Friday night at Zemp Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets exploded for three touchdowns and stifled North Central’s passing offense en route to a 20-0 shutout in the opening period of the prep football jamboree.
Andrew Jackson played Class Lugoff-Elgin virtually even before falling 7-6 in the second period.
Buford blanks NC
Buford, in its Wing-T attack, opened the jamboree, marching 70 yards in three plays. Jackets’ senior quarterback C.J. Blackmon threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Mikeem McKinney on the third play of the game. Donovan Lang added the extra point.
Buford moved 63 yards in six plays on its next possession to extend the lead to 14-0. Blackmon knifed in from the one for the score. Josh Mullens, who rushed for 65 yards on five carries, had a key 15-yard carry on the drive. McKinney also had a big 21-yard run in the march.
The Killer Bees’ defense snuffed out a potential scoring drive by recovering a fumble at the Buford five. North Central drove 64 yards in 11 plays and shaved five minutes off the clock.
Buford scored with six seconds left in the second quarter when Evan Flynn bowled his way to six points from seven yards out. Flynn led all rushers with 68 yards on just three attempts. The extra point was no good.
“Our kids played hard and played pretty well tonight,” Buford High coach Mike Wells said. “Everything went well for us tonight and we were able to get our players in the game in front of a big crowd.
“This experience is going to help us,” Wells said. “When we look at the film, it will give us a better idea, but overall it was good to get the game experience and play all of our players.”
Buford will play in a three-way scrimmage at Lancaster on Tuesday when the Jackets battle the host LHS Bruins, Indian Land and Chester.
The Jackets battle Lancaster in the third period of the ninth annual Founders Federal Credit Union Kickoff Classic at Indian Land’s Reservation on Friday, Aug. 17.
Buford kicks off its season Friday, Aug. 24 when the Jackets meet county rival Indian Land.
Andrew Jackson played the Lugoff-Elgin Blue Demons nearly even in the second segment of the jamboree. A confusing ruling on the AJ extra point was the difference as Class AAAA L-E prevailed, 7-6.
After the Vols had driven on its first possession to the L-E 22, a tipped Kolby Whitley pass was intercepted by LE ‘s Javone Byrd.
LE opened the scoring when quarterback Shon Belton threw a perfect 30-yard touchdown strike to Tyreek Kirkland on a fourth and 12 snap. Robert Frame added the all-important extra point.
The Vols got on the scoreboard with nine seconds left in the first period. Whitley, who was 10-16 for 146 yards, dropped a rainbow to senior receiver Gavin Clyburn from 20 yards out.
Clyburn hauled in four passes for 36 yards.The PAT was blocked. The Volunteers were told that all kicks would be “dead,” and were surprised L-E was allowed to penetrate and block the kick.
The Vols drove to the L-E 40 with 22 seconds left in the second period. A third tipped Whitley pass was intercepted by Kirkland and sealed the Volunteers fate.
Corley Faulkenberry had two catches for 24 yards, while Quadarius Fair had two receptions for 19 yards. Tray King had one catch for 49 yards. Wade Eubanks had one reception for 18 yards.
“Our defense played like they should,” AJ coach David Moore said. “They stepped up and played well in some tough situations. We stuck right in there and didn’t give up.
“We still have work to do, but I feel we can learn from our mistakes and correct the miscues.
“Tonight, we were toe-to-toe with a Class AAAA school and we should be happy with that, something to build on.”
AJ defensive coordinator Danny Wright saluted the AJ defense.
“We played with aggressiveness and with an attitude,” Wright said. “I was proud of our guys. We worked hard this week in practice and that hard work paid off for us.”
L-E coach Scott Jones also lauded the Vols.
“Hats off to AJ,” Jones said. “They fought hard and outplayed us and that’s a tribute to coach Moore and his coaching staff. We played them last year and they’ve made 180 percent improvement. I think our guys came out thinking it was going to be like last year here, but our guys quickly found out different and it was a battle to the final snap.”
AJ faces McBee in the Founders Kickoff Classic at Indian Land on Friday night. The Vols visit Lancaster on Friday, Aug. 24 to kick off the AJ season.
In other jamboree action Friday night, Lancaster was slated to face Ardrey Kell and Chester in the Chester County Jamboree, but the event was canceled when it was reset for Saturday with the threat of rain.
Schedule conflicts Saturday prevented the Bruins and Ardrey Kell from returning to Chester for the reset action on Saturday.
Lancaster and Indian Land battled in the Battle at the Border Jamboree in Fort Mill on Saturday afteroon. IL met Harding University, while Lancaster faced Myers Park.
The games were completed after The News’ deadline for the Saturday edition. See a full report in the Wednesday, Aug. 15 paper.
Contact sports editor Robert Howey at 283-1157