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BUFORD – A trip to the country yielded a pair of wins for the visiting Lancaster Bruins to highlight action in the 10th annual Founders Kickoff Classic at Buford High School’s Jackets Stadium on Friday, Aug. 23.
The Bruins, facing county foes Indian Land and Buford, racked up two wins in their final scrimmages of the 2013 preseason.
Lancaster, avenging a 19-12 loss to the Warriors in the 2012 jamboree at IL’s Reservation, ignited late to notch a 21-7 win over IL.
In the jamboree finale, the Bruins rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to top the host Jackets, 7-3.
“This is a good start for us,” Lancaster High School coach Bennie McMurray said. “I thought our players and coaches responded well tonight.
“We have some players banged up, but the ones we put out there stepped up and made some key plays.”
The biggest play for the Bruins in the their final scrimmage came after Wunza Truesdale pounced on a fumbled punt at the BHS 47.
A snap later, Darius Robinson hit Jay Hood on a 47-yard strike for what proved to be the winning score.
Trevor Latham came on to drill the extra point for a 7-3 LHS lead with 7:06 to play.
“We still have some areas to work on, but in some areas we executed well,” McMurray said.
The Bruins then turned to their defense to protect the slim lead.
Buford mounted a drive which carried to the BHS 44, but the Bruins’ Darius Truesdale came up with a key sack to thwart the Jackets’ threat.
Buford, after holding off a Lancaster scoring threat to open the game, used a time-consuming drive to march in for a 33-yard Wade Lambert field goal.
The Jackets, after denying the Bruins when Latham’s 33-yard field goal fell short, drove from their 28 to the LHS 16 behind the running of Scotti Moser, Nic Chavis, Evan Flynn and Jacoby Funderburk.
“That first drive was a good one and I was glad to see us get points off of it,” BHS coach Mike Wells said. “I thought our offense looked good in spurts, but we need to be more consistent.
“The key factor is I hope we got the jitters out tonight,” Wells said. “We played hard, but didn’t make all the plays. We’re still a work in progress.”
Bruins top Warriors
Lancaster opened the scoring against IL as Bruins’ junior linebacker Cameron Meadows halted an Warriors’ drive inside the LHS 30 with an interception and return to the LHS 30. A 15-yard penalty moved the ball to the Bruins’ 45.
Three plays later, Kadarius Wright dashed 43 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 LHS lead after Latham drilled the kick.
The Warriors answered, with Manny McCord’s 60-yard kickoff return to the LHS 35 sparking IL.
Indian Land, on an eight-snap, 35-yard drive, converted two third-down situations in the march to boost the scoring drive.
Terrell White dashed seven yards for the TD and Shea Rodgers’ extra point tied the game at 7-all with 6:47 to play.
Wright’s kickoff return to the Warriors’ 41 put the Bruins in business for a score. Three plays later, Robinson hit Hood on a 16-yard scoring toss to put LHS back on top, 14-7 after Latham’s kick.
Lancaster tacked on its final score after the Bruins’ defense held IL on downs at the Warriors’ 27.
A snap later, Kadarius Wright sprinted 27 yards for the score with 1:33 to play.
Latham’s kick put Lancaster up, 21-7 with 1:33 to play.
On the Warriors’ next possession, Meadows delivered a big hit and Quinshun Evans recovered to seal the Bruins’ victory.
“These two games were a major tuneup for next week,” McMurray said. “We have to be ready because I know Andrew Jackson will come ready to play and give its best effort.”
Indian Land coach Mike Mayer said his squad played well.
“I was pretty pleased and I felt our defense played well,” Mayer said. “We’re better, but we’re not where we need to be. We have to get there.
“My main concern was the final two minutes against Lancaster,” Mayer said. “That’s unacceptable. We didn’t finish strong and played poor at the end.
“We have to look at those mistakes and make sure we don’t make them again.”
Vols blank Panthers
Andrew Jackson won a defensive battle, downing McBee, 7-0.
The lone score of the scrimmage came on a defensive gem from Volunteers’ junior linebacker Tray King.
The Panthers, with their best drive of the night, moved from their 26 to the AJ 34, but King came through with his big play.
He snagged an interception and dashed 74 yards for what proved to be the lone score of the game.
Senior kicker Dale Crawford drilled the conversion for a 7-0 AJ lead.
“King had a heck of an effort on that play,” AJ coach David Moore said. “Trey showed what he is capable of out there. Our defense won the game and they did a great job.”
King also had a sack.
The Vols also kept McBee at bay with interceptions from Corley Faulkenberry and Logan Lucas.
Heath Gandee knocked down a pass and Gervais Canty tipped a pass on Lucas’ pick.
“We were a little sluggish starting out, but I felt we came on and made some key plays when we had to,” Moore said. “We’re not there yet, but this was a positive to build on.
“I was glad to get a shutout,” Moore said. “Coach Wright and our defense really came through to give us a lift when we needed it.”
Andrew Jackson, which opens its 2013 season at home against Lancaster on Friday, Aug. 30, will face McBee High School on Sept. 13 at home.
Central downs Fort Mill, 13-6
Central opened play Friday night with a 13-6 win over Class AAAA opponent Fort Mill High School.
The Eagles snapped a 6-all draw with the winning score with 40.1 seconds left.
Daquan Baker-Moore sprinted in from three yards out for the winning score.
Central’s Joseph Rollings drilled the extra points for a 13-6 lead.
The Eagles halted a promising Fort Mill drive at the CHS 23 as Tobias Melton pounced on a Yellow Jackets’ fumble at his 23.
From there, Central steadily marched in behind the running of Mitch Meadows, who aided the Eagles’ scoring drive with a 22-yard dash to the Fort Mill 35 on a third-and-three snap.
The Eagles broke on top 6-0 as Quan Welch bolted in on a 13-yard scoring dash with 9:02 to play in the opening period.
The Yellow Jackets came back to stalemate the game as Taylor Hemphill returned an interception 28 yards for a score.
Central’s Melton blocked the Yellow Jackets’ extra point to leave the issue tied at 6-all.
Baker-Moore later capped the 77-yard scoring drive with his three-yard run.
Fort Mill opens its season with a trip to Class AAAA foe Lugoff-Elgin High School on Friday, Aug. 30.
Central opens its season Friday, Aug. 30 when the Eagles host Airborne for Christ of Charlotte in Pageland. The Eagles are ranked No. 7 in the Class AA preseason poll.