Rivalry clashes set Friday

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Prep football roundup

By Robert Howey




County rivals Buford and Indian Land will meet for the second time this season with the stakes higher the second time around.

The Buford-IL clash highlights week 10 which also includes Lancaster hosting Rock Hill and AJ venturing to Central of Pageland in what is rivalry week.

The Jackets and Warriors tangle for the second time with Buford bidding for a win to boost their postseason hopes for the Class AA Upper State playoffs.

BHS, with a win, will help its chances of hosting a first-round playoff game.

Indian Land, also headed to postseason play under the Class AA playoffs, will be seeking its first region win to aid its hopes for postseason seeding.

BHS coach Mike Wells said the Jackets, who defeated IL 27-9 in week one, are expecting a battle.

“That first game is history and we have to focus on Friday night,” Wells said. “Indian Land is going to play us tough as they always do. All you have to do is say Buford and Indian Land is going to play inspired football.

“If you look at their games the last few weeks, they have improved and some of their younger players are showing a great deal of progress. Coach Mayer is going to have them prepared to play.

“The key for us is to tackle well and protect the football,” Wells said.

The Jackets, 4-5, are 2-2 in region play after their 43-39 home win over Chesterfield High School.

IL coach Mike Mayer said the Warriors must continue to make strides on offense.

“We’re getting better with our offense and we have to keep moving forward,” Mayer said. “That’s important because Buford will try to control the game with their offense. They can also produce points as they did last week.

“We also have to play good, tough defense and stay focused,” Mayer said.

Lancaster, 2-7, 1-4, will look to put together two solid halves of football.

“We need to play four solid periods of football,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said  “The last few weeks, we’ve played well in spurts, but we need to put it all together and play as hard as we can for four quarters.

“It’s our last home game this season, so our players should go out and give it their best shot for the duration,” he said.

AJ, 4-5, 1-3, has the task of facing Central of Pageland on the road.

“We need to use our momentum from the win over Indian Land last week to boost us at Central,” AJ coach David Moore said. “We have to control the ball as much as possible and keep their offense off the field.

“We also have to contain their speed and prevent them from controlling the game the way they will try to do.” Moore said.