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LHS, IL seek to go 2-0

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Jackets, Vols hoping to rebound in road games

By Robert Howey

 

   

Two will seek to repeat and two hope to rebound Friday night.

Week two of the Lancaster County high school football season has Lancaster and Indian Land looking to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Andrew Jackson and Buford will be looking to even their records after opening week losses.

Lancaster and Indian Land will each play their home openers, while AJ and Buford hit the road for the first time this season.

LHS hosts Chester, while IL is home to Blacksburg. Buford visits McBee and AJ travels to Great Falls.

Lancaster, like last week, faces a rival in Chester, which is 1-1 after a win over its county rival Lewisville.

“It will be a tough game for us,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said. “Chester lost some talented players from last year’s team, but I feel they still have good size and play physical. It will be a good early-season test.

“We had a good, solid win last week, but we want to use the momentum from that game as we head into game two,” McMurray said. “We still have to eliminate our penalties and guard against turnovers.

“We’re glad to be at home and we hope to have a good turnout,” he said. “Our young men respond to that.”

Indian Land hopes the Warriors’ Reservation is once again a home-field edge for IL.

Indian Land coach Mike Mayer noted four keys for the Warriors.

“We have to cut down on our penalties,” Mayer said. “We had a TD called back and two drives stalled against Buford because of offensive penalties.

“We also have to win the kicking game,” he said. “Blacksburg also has a big running back at six-feet, 185 pounds and we have to do a good job of stopping the run.

“I think it’s also important to build an early lead and make them play from behind in their first-run offense,” Mayer said.

Buford coach Mike Wells said the Jackets’ clash with McBee will be a test for the BHS defense.

“McBee will be a challenge because they give you several looks on offense and they like to mix it up,” Wells said. “We have to get people to the football and tackle well and avoid giving them second-chance yardage.

“The key on offense is to reduce our penalties and protect the football,” he said. “We have to eliminate the turnovers.”

AJ coach David Moore said the Vols find themselves in a similar situation as last week.

“Great Falls is talented with its share of skilled people,” Moore said.

“What we have to do is be consistent on offense and keep the ball from their big-play offense.

“We also have to cut down on our turnovers,” he said. “Great Falls is an athletic team and it’s important for us to control the ball as much as we can.”