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Week 10 of the Lancaster County prep football season finds wins key for teams as the regular-season winds to a close.
Lancaster, with two weeks to go in its season, needs a strong finish to aid its playoff hopes.
Ditto for Buford and Andrew Jackson in their final week of regular-season play.
Indian Land is bound for the playoffs, but the Warriors want a win to wrap up second place and a home playoff game.
Lancaster, in need of two wins for a postseason bid, will have to do it on the road, including a trip to Spartanburg on Friday night to face the 4-5 Vikings.
Andrew Jackson, 3-6, is also on the road as the Vols venture to Bishopville to face Lee Central, 3-6.
The lone county team at home is Buford, which hosts Indian Land.
The Jackets need a win to be in position to have a shot at the playoffs with an AJ loss.
Lancaster High coach Bennie McMurray said the Bruins must rebound and get a boost from their offense.
“We didn’t do the job on the offensive side last week and we need to pick it up against Spartanburg,” McMurray said. “Our defense played hard and gave good effort, but we had to play too much defense because our offense wasn’t productive like we needed it to be.
“We need for our linemen to sustain their blocks and our backs to hit the hole hard,” McMurray said. “It’s about execution.”
Indian Land, coming off a solid 45-12 win over Lee Central, hopes to build momentum for the Class AA Upper State playoffs as the Warriors, 8-1, venture to Buford.
IL coach Mike Mayer noted several keys for the Warriors, who hope to post a season’s sweep of the Jackets, who dropped a 28-13 loss at Indian Land to open the season.
“We must eliminate penalties and turnovers on offense,” Mayer said. “Buford does a good job of running the ball and we have to stop their running game. We have to come out and build an early lead to force Buford to pass more than they want to.
“The key to the running game is in the trenches and we have to play well in the offense and defensive lines.”
Buford coach Mike Wells said the Jackets have to slow down the Warriors’ running game.
“Rondreas Truesdale and Breyon Williams are a tough pair to contain, and then they have an outstanding receiver in Jarrell Robinson, so we have to do a good job on those Indian Land play-makers.
“I feel the key is for us to tackle well and keep their offense off the field,” he said. “Our offense also has to produce. We’re coming off a shutout, so we have to get our offense going.”
Andrew Jackson coach David Moore said the Vols’ situation is simple – win and in, or lose and get some help.
“We’re in a similar situation we faced last year and that is we need to win to get in,” Moore said. “Lee Central will also be going hard because they know they have a shot with a win.”
Moore said the Vols need to get their offense on track.
“We need our offense to be productive and keep the ball away from their people who have speed and can strike with the big play,” he said. “We need to work on the basics and focus on what has worked well for us. The key is stepping up to the challenge to extend our season.”