Mite stars win district crown

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By Eric Rowell

The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission had one youth all-star football team go on and another went home.

The LCPRC all-star teams went 1-2 in the Central District football championship games Monday night at Rock Hill’s Hargett Park.

The Lancaster County mite all-stars, ages 11-12, earned a bid to the Upper State championship game with a 28-8 win over Rock Hill.

The Lancaster County small fry all-stars dropped a tough 8-6 loss to Rock Hill in the district title game.

In the nightcap on Monday night, the Lancaster County mite all-stars forged a 14-0 lead on the host team and stayed in control for the 20-point victory.

Tripp Rollings, the Lancaster quarterback, hit Rashawn Cloud on a 35-yard touchdown pass on a second and 15 snap to put the visitors up 20-8. Cloud’s scoring catch capped a 67-yard scoring drive.

Rollings went to the air again to seal the Lancaster County victory. He hit Quashawn Blair on a 30-yard touchdown pass. Jimmy Hill tallied on the conversion with 5:30 to play to cap the scoring.

Lancaster County launched the scoring with a defensive gem.

LC drove to the Rock Hill two-yard line after a Charles Blackmon fumble recovery, the first of two for him on the night. A Lancaster County fumble foiled the drive, but shortly afterward, the LC defense delivered with a safety to give Lancaster County a 2-0 lead.

Rock Hill was forced to punt and the ever-present Cloud dashed 50 yards with the return on a scoring play to send Lancaster County up, 8-0.

Lancaster County’s Devin Gladden pounced on a Rock Hill fumble at the 47 and LC took full advantage. Lancaster County drove to the 25 and Robert White rambled 25 yards to give LC a 14-0 lead.

Rock Hill answered as Bree Minor returned the kickoff 75 yards to get the York County team on the board. Tay Blake hit Tori Adams on the conversion to make it 14-8.

Rollings came back to hit Blair and Cloud on the scoring passes to seal the Lancaster County win.

“Our team came to play and wanted to get this championship,” said Lancaster County mites coach Moses Shropshire. “Our coaches did a good job of getting them ready to play.”

The Lancaster County mite stars play the Western District champion on Dec. 1 when the Upstate title game will be played.

The Lancaster County mite stars opened the playoffs with a 24-6 win over Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Red.

Lancaster County launched its scoring as Rollings hit Quadarius Fair on a 27-yard scoring pass. White, who had a sterling effort, tallied on the conversion for an 8-0 lead. Jimmy Hill dashed 31 yards for a touchdown and White added the conversion to give Lancaster County a 16-6 lead.

White, who recovered two fumbles and picked off a pass, returned an interception 60 yards for a 22-6 lead.

Hill tallied on the conversion to cap the 18-point Lancaster County victory.

In the opener Monday night, Rock Hill held on for an 8-6 win over the Lancaster County small fry stars.

Rock Hill broke on top as Chris Smith tallied on a four-yard run. He added the conversion run for what proved to be the decisive points.

Keendarius Truesdale came up big for the Lancaster County small fry stars on the ensuing kickoff, taking it back 70 yards to make it an 8-6 game.

Later in the game, Lancaster drove to the Rock Hill nine-yard line, but a series of penalties foiled the scoring threat.

“I’m proud of our team,” Lancaster County small fry coach Sammy Lathan said. “I appreciate the parent support we had during the playoffs this season.”

The Lancaster County Blue downed Rock Hill 6-0 last Wednesday at Memorial Stadium to advanced to the district title game.

In the opening half, Truesdale scored on a 55-yard run for the game’s lone score.

The Blue small fry stars opened the playoffs with a 36-0 win over Fairfield County last Monday.

The Blue stars shot to a 20-0 halftime lead on the way to the 36-point win.

Truesdale scored twice and Markeithan Watts added a couple of scores to pace the Blue win. Truesdale also tallied two extra points

“Our all-star teams have played well and we’re proud of their effort,” said Scott Caskey, the LCPRC youth football director.