Trio faces elite foes Friday

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Bruins, Vols, Jackets will test ranked grid teams

By Robert Howey



A trio of county teams face elite foes this week.

Lancaster has a tough chore as the Bruins travel to the Reservation to face the No. 1 ranked Gaffney Indians, who are also rated No. 13 in one prep football national poll,

The 5-3 Bruins, 2-0 in region play, are not alone.

Andrew Jackson, 3-5, 0-2, faces Class AA’s No. 8 Central High of Pageland, while Buford meets Class AA’s No. 6 Cheraw High in region play.

Indian Land doesn’t face a ranked foe, but the Warriors will be on the road for the third straight week to meet the 4-4 Lee Central Stallions. LC is 1-2 in region play.

Lancaster High coach Bennie McMurray, who noted the Bruins will face their toughest foe, said LHS will have to be on top of its game.

“The margin for error is slim because any mistake and Gaffney will take advantage of it as any good team does,” McMurray said. “We really have to play well and keep our offense on the field.

“That’s few mistakes on our part,” McMurray said. “We have to move the ball in consistent fashion. That will be the key.

“We want to be productive on offense and keep the chains moving.” McMurray said. “On defense, we have to get people to the ball and make tackles.”

Andrew Jackson also has a tall order as the Vols face the Central Eagles, 6-2, 3-0.

“Central is strong and they’re having another outstanding football season,” AJ coach David Moore said. “It will be a challenge for us.

“The plus for us is that we’re getting some injured players back and that should help us,” Moore said. “Our offense has to be a productive unit. We have to refocus and regroup and be on top of our game.”

Buford High coach Mike Wells’ Jackets will also have a tough chore in battling Cheraw, unbeaten in region play.

“The Braves have some big-play performres, including a Shrine Bowl selection in Marvin Lauderdale,” Wells said. “We have to get people to the football and make plays to prevent second-chance yardage.

“I know our guys will come ready to play and give good effort,” Wells said. “This is our final regular-season home game and we have a big senior class, which I feel will be giving a top effort on Friday night.”

Indian Land High School coach Mike Mayer noted a couple of keys for the Warriors, who hope to snap a two-game skid in region play at Lee Central.

“We need a good start, much better than what we’ve done the last few weeks,” Mayer said. “We also have to do a better job with turnovers.

“The turnovers have really put us in a bind the last few weeks and we have to come out and be on top of our game,” he said. “We need to have some success early.”