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County teams on the road in week 2 play

By Robert Howey

 

The road map will be a major part of the game plan this week in Lancaster County high school action.

Week two has all four county teams on the road.

Lancaster, coming off a 41-6 home win over Andrew Jackson, ventures to the Midlands for the first-ever home football game at Richland Northeast High in North Columbia.

In the past, RNE has shared Parone Stadium with nearby Spring Valley, but the Cavs have a field of their own now and will open play against the visiting Bruins.

AJ, seeking to rebound, travels east to face Class A opponent, 1-1 McBee High School.

Buford, after an opening night  28-6 road loss to Indian Land, is on the road to play Great Falls, 2-0.

Indian Land, looking for its second win, heads west to battle the 1-1 Blacksburg Wildcats.

Lancaster coach Bobby Collins said the Bruins will face a test in battling the 0-1 Cavaliers in a historic game for RNE.

“They’re coming off a loss to Westwood, but I’m sure their focus will be on this game and opening their stadium with a win,” Collins said. “I feel Richland Northeast is much better than what they showed in their loss to Westwood and I feel they will want to prove it.

“For us, we have to do a better job of protecting the football,” Collins said. “We had three fumbles last week and we can’t have that again. It’s an area we’ve worked on in practice. We also have to play well on defense and perform well in our special teams play. 

“They key is being strong in all phases of the game,” Collins said.

Andrew Jackson High coach David Moore said McBee will seek to control the ball.

“They run the wishbone with three good backs, so we have to play solid defense. We have to stay at home and do our job.

“They like to eat up the clock, so we have to make the most of our chances on offense,” he said. “We have to be productive. We have some players banged up, so our back-ups are going to have to step up and play well.

“We have to make sure they are prepared to play,” he said.

Buford High coach Tripp Watts said the Jackets have a test in Great Falls.

“This is a typical Great Falls team,” he said. “They’re athletic and they have good speed. We have to get people to the football and make plays against them.

“We have to tackle well,” Watts said. “We have to eliminate turnovers, which hurt us last week. We have to make Great Falls earn everything and not make it easy for them.

“We’re on the road again, so it’s a challenge for us to play well.”

Indian Land will seek to stay unbeaten in its road trip to Blacksburg High School.

“They’ve split two games, but they had a big win over Lewisville last week,” Indian Land High  coach Mike Mayer said. “That will be a boost for them playing at home.

“We have to continue to play well on both sides of the ball and we need our special teams to continue to be strong,” Mayer said. “We’re off to a good start and we have to build on it and have another strong effort this week.

“Blacksburg is a tough place to play, but we have to step up to the challenge.”