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Pardue-led Vols blitz Warriors

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By Kim Roberts

INDIAN LAND – Andrew Jackson spoiled Indian Land’s homecoming, rolling up 414 yards of offense en route to 35-12 spanking of the Warriors.The Vols, 2-2, rode the strong arm of senior quarterback Daniel Pardue, who lit up the Warriors for 200 yards and three touchdown passes. Running back Trent Flowers powered for 122 yards on 21 carries and two scores.“We played hard tonight,” AJ coach Louis Clyburn said. “We were fortunate to beat a good Indian Land team. We played through some adversity and maybe took some small steps in developing a winning program.”AJ opened the scoring in the first quarter with a five-play, 66-yard drive culminated by a 27-yard acrobatic catch by Justin Sellers from Pardue for the score. Ryan Miller had a key 31-yard catch on a third and 5 from the AJ 39. Freshman Tyler Dinkins drilled the first of five extra points to give AJ an early 7-0 lead.On its next possession, AJ methodically marched 70 yards in nine plays. Flowers capped the TD drive from the four, and with 2:50 left in the first frame, AJ appeared to be on its way to a rout.However, IL went on a 19-play drive that consumed over eight minutes. The drive stalled at the AJ 9. Warrior QB Josh Camarire rushed for 33 yards in the drive, as well as throwing for 20 more.“We held the ball for eight minutes on a drive and we came up dry,” said ILHS coach Mike Mayer “Josh Camarire played the best game of his career tonight.“Three plays were huge for us tonight,” said Mayer. “We fumbled after a good lick on our back. After we scored and had some momentum, we allowed two third-and-10 conversions to keep a scoring drive going for them.”The Warriors first score came on a Ted Boston 42-yard interception return for a TD. The two-point try failed.“That interception was not Daniel’s fault,” said Clyburn. “He threw to the correct spot and our receiver ran another route.”The third quarter was dominated in IL time of possession. After driving to the AJ 42, the Warriors’ punt hit an AJ blocker at the AJ 15. IL recovered and six plays later, Camarire threw a scoring strike to Justin Gordon from the four. The two-point play again failed. With 3:35 left in the third quarter, AJ had not run a play, but led, 14-12.Momentum had apparently shifted when IL forced a punt and took over at the AJ 37. Two plays later, AJ’s Dylan McKittrick forced a fumble on a big hit.The Vols crisply drove 72 yards. Justin Sellers hauled in the 10-yard frozen rope from Pardue to give the AJ a bit of breathing room. AJ led 21-12 with 9:37 left.AJ return man Tremaine Jackson set up the next score with a nifty 14-yard return to the Warriors’ 37. Two plays later, Daniel Wright caught a 17-yard strike from Pardue for the score. AJ led 28-12 with 6:55 left in the game.Flowers ended the scoring on a 27-yard TD jaunt.“Indian Land is a really good team,” said Clyburn. “They will be a tough team to beat in conference play.“Our offensive line is starting to mature,” said Clyburn. “I intentionally called nine straight running plays and we scored behind their solid blocking.“We’ll get ready for Camden just like we would for anybody else,” said Clyburn, a Camden graduate. “We’ll put on our hard hats and grab our lunch pails and continue to work hard to get better for Camden this week.”