Trio kicks off region play

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IL, AJ, Buford set for Region IV grid openers

By Robert Howey



It’s just passed midseason and it’s time for the “second season.”

Region play opens for three of the four county schools Friday night.

Two county squads – unbeaten Indian Land and Andrew Jackson will be involved in one region game.

Buford High School caps a two-game home schedule with a visit from Central of Pageland for its region opener.

Lancaster hits the road for the third straight week as the Bruins trek to Blythewood for their final non-region contest.

All games are slated to kickoff at 7:30.

Lancaster returns to the same field as its last game as the Bruins visit Blythewood High School for a meeting with the host Bengals.

A week ago, Lancaster, 3-2, dropped a 9-6 loss to Ridge View High, which shares the field with Blythewood High.

“I hope the result is different when we play there this week,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said. “It was a tough loss, but we have to learn from our mistakes and press on.

“We face a good team in Blythewood which is coming off a big road win over Rock Hill,” McMurray said. “We have to do a better job in the red zone. When we have chances, we have to produce. The big keys are taking advantage of scoring chances and eliminating penalties.”

Indian Land, 5-0, will look to stay unbeaten as the Warriors host 3-2 AJ.

IL coach Mike Mayer said the Warriors have four keys to the game.

“I think we have to go out and build an early lead and try to establish some momentum,” Mayer said. “On defense, we have to deny the big play because they have a host of athletes who can produce a big play at any time.

“Our line play is crucial and we have to play well there because AJ has some strong players in the interior. Our play in the trenches is key.

“We also have to eliminate turnovers and keep the ball away from their big-play people,” Mayer said.

AJ coach David Moore said the Vols need a solid game from their defense.

“Rondreas Truesdale is like super man for them because he does it all and is a threat each time he touches the football,” Moore said. “We have to also be wary of Trey Eaves who is also a big-play performer for Indian Land.

“The key for us is to move the chains and keep the ball as much as possible,” Moore said. “We have to play well because we want to start well in region play.”

Buford, 3-2 after an impressive 27-7 home comeback win over Great Falls, is hoping to build on its momentum.

“We face a tough opponent in Central of Pageland,” Wells said. “They’re coming off a loss to Chesterfield, so I know they will come ready to play and be looking to get back on track.

“Central is cut from the same mold of past Central High teams,” Wells said.

“They give you a lot of looks with a variety of formations. They run the football well, and they have good backs and skilled  people, which means we have to get people to the football and make tackles.

“On offense, we have to execute and try to maintain possession with ball control,” Wells said.