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Trio seeking to rebound

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By Robert Howey

A trio of county teams will be seeking to rebound this week as the sixth week of play unfolds.Lancaster, Andrew Jackson and Buford will be looking to bounce back after dropping home losses.Indian Land, the lone winner last week, is hoping to continue its winning ways after winning on the road.Lancaster, AJ and Indian Land will be at home, while Buford hits the road.The Bruins, 4-1, cap non-region play as they host Nation Ford of Fort Mill.Andrew Jackson, 2-3, hopes to celebrate homecoming with a victory in its Conference IV-AA opener with Eau Claire of Columbia.Buford, bidding to snap a three-game losing streak, has a tough order as the Jackets, 2-3, 0-2, travel to Great Falls to face the 10th-rated Red Devils.Indian Land 2-3, 1-1, also has a major challenge as the Warriors tackle Class A’s third-ranked Chesterfield. The 4-1 Rams dropped a 21-20 overtime road loss to Central High School of Pageland.Lancaster High School head coach Bennie McMurray said his top concern heading into the home clash with Nation Ford is the Bruins’ offense.“Going back to our game with York in the second half, and including our last game with Northwestern, we’ve only scored two touchdowns,” McMurray said. “My concern is for our offense to be more productive. We have to move the chains and get points when we’re in position.“We just need to be more productive and stay away from the three-and-outs and turnovers,” he said. “We made it too easy for Northwestern last week and put our defense in some real tough situations.”McMurray said the Falcons offer multiple looks on offense.“Our defense faces a unit which offers a multiple offense,” he said. “They give you a lot of looks and are real deceptive with their offense, going one way and then hitting you the other way.”AJ coach Louis Clyburn said the Vols are looking to get off to a good start in league play.“It will be a challenge because Eau Claire has its share of team speed,” he said. “They have also played some top teams, so they’ve competed against quality competition which only makes you better.”Clyburn added the Vols have to focus on the task at hand.“We need to make the most of our preparation and be ready to play,” he said. “This is our conference opener and we want to be moving forward.”Buford coach Mike Wells said the Jackets face another top team when they travel to Great Falls.“It has been a tough stretch over the last few weeks,” Wells said. “We had Lancaster and then followed up with Chesterfield, Lewisville and Great Falls.“Great Falls is a tough team,” Wells said. “They’re quick with good size and are very physical. Really, all the qualities you expect from a Great Falls team.“They’re also a veteran team, so it will be a tough chore for us,” he said.Wells noted the keys for BHS are getting the offense on track.“The key is to maintain control of the football and keep it away from them,” Wells said. “It’s important for us to develop consistency and execute our offense.”Indian Land High School coach Mike Mayer said the Warriors need to use the momentum of their road win at North Central to be prepared for the Rams.“We finished the game well last week, but it was after an inconsistent first half with way too many turnovers and penalties,” Mayer said. “We have not played a complete game all season and we have to do that to have a shot at a win over Chesterfield.“We have to avoid fumbles and stay away from missed tackles and give them second-chance yardage,” Mayer said. “Chesterfield is very fast and it’s vital that we stop their running attack.”