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The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission North small fry all-stars rolled to a 30-12 opening round win over Fairfield County on Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
The North small fry all-stars, ages 9-10, snapped a 6-all tie with the first of two Kemarkio Cloud touchdowns to take a 12-6 lead on the way to the 18-point win.
Dorian Williams’ one-yard run and Williams’ two-point conversion run put Lancaster County North up, 22-6, but Fairfield County answered.
A stunning FC 75-yard kickoff return sliced the Lancaster County deficit to 10, 22-12, but Cloud dashed 35 yards to put Lancaster County up 28-12. Then on the conversion, Caleb Wallace hit Austin Boatwright to put the North all-stars in control.
“I thought we prepared well and were ready to play,” North stars’ coach Charlie Cook said. “I felt our defense played well, giving up only one touchdown.
“Our offensive line also blocked well,” Cook said. “They gave us some running room.”
Lancaster County North broke on top as Tyrek Sistare scored on an 18-yard run for a 6-0 edge.
Fairfield tied the game at 6-all before the end of the first period.
Cloud then scored his first touchdown to put the North up by six, 12-6. Wallace added the conversion for a 14-6 lead. Williams short scoring run and conversion run put the North up, 22-6.
The Fairfield County stars’ kickoff return pulled the visitors to within 10, but then Cloud scored his second TD and Wallace hit Boatwright on the conversion.
North outside linebacker Thomas Montgomery picked off a pass for the winners.
The North stars’ win advanced them to a Saturday clash with Rock Hill.
In the second game Friday, the LCPRC South small fry stars weren’t as fortunate, dropping a 28-8 loss to Fort Mill.
Fort Mill forged a 14-8 halftime lead and added a pair of second-half scores to notch the 20-point win.
Fort Mill broke on top 6-0, but the Lancaster County South small fry stars tied the game on Jamie Hinson’s five-yard run. Hinson added the conversion run to give the South an 8-6 lead, but Fort Mill came back to tally 22 unanswered points for the win.
Webber Moore aided the South defense with a fumble recovery in the second half.
Fort Mill advanced to a second-round game with Rock Hill on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The Saturday winners advance to the Central District title game Monday night.