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INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High senior ace Rondreas Truesdale scored six touchdowns to lead the No. 7 Warriors to a 42-33 victory over Andrew Jackson in the opening game of Conference IV-AA play for both teams.
Truesdale rushed for 246 yards on 32 carries. He ran for five touchdowns and had a key 35-yard pick-six for the Warriors in the pivotal third quarter.
The fast-starting Volunteers bolted to a 17-0 lead in the first half, beginning with a seven-play, 55-yard drive.
AJ quarterback Ryan Phillips connected with Wade Eubanks on a 37-yard pass to the Warriors’ five-yard line. Two plays later, Chris White scored from the four-yard line for the game’s first touchdown. Brett Lucas added the extra point for AJ, which led 7-0.
AJ kicker Brett Lucas nailed a 42-yard field goal on the Vols’ next possession to up the AJ lead to 10-0 with less than a minute to go in the first quarter.
On the Vols’ next possession, AJ’s Gavin Clyburn guided the Vols on a 58-yard, seven-play scoring march. Clyburn scored on a eight-yard sweep and Tyler Denkins added the extra point to give AJ a 17-0 lead with 11:06 left in the half.
“We really did not play well from the first snap of the game,” Indian Land coach Mike Mayer said. “We did do a great job of coming back after getting down to a team that played as hard we did tonight.”
Truesdale began to exert his presence in the game as Indian Land drove 68 yards in seven plays to cut the AJ lead to 17-7. Truesdale darted 17 yards for the TD and Chad Thomas added the extra point.
After forcing an AJ three-and-out, Truesdale led ILHS on a 36-yard, six-play scoring march, with Truesdale capping the drive with an eight-yard TD run.
Thomas’ extra point cut the AJ lead to 17-14.
AJ used a little razzle-dazzle to put another field goal on the board. With a minute left in the half, a 44-yard Ryan Phillips to Bobby Delly to Quincy Grier pass set up a 27-yard field goal by Lucas to give the Vols a 20-14 halftime lead.
The Warriors, at a pivotal point, exploded for 21 unanswered points in the third quarter, as Truesdale scored on runs of one-yard and 49-yards. Truesdale also scored on a 35-yard interception return. At the start of the fourth quarter, AJ trailed 35-21.
“The interception was the key play in the game,” said AJ coach David Moore. “Superman (Truesdale) was on the field and we did not have any Kryptonite to stop him.”
Kolby Whitley led the Vols to two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Whitley found Gavin Clyburn on scoring strikes of 14 and five yards.
Trailing 35-20, the Vols covered 16 yards in two plays after a 29-yard punt return by Javaris Clyburn. Gavin Clyburn capped the drive with the 14-yard TD reception. Whitley connected with Clyburn again, but he was stood up inside the one-yard line.
The Vols’ Tyler Denkins executed a perfect onside kick, and AJ moved 62 yards in 10 plays to cut the Warrior lead to 35- 33 on the Whitley-to-Clyburn five-yard TD. Lucas added the PAT with 4:21 left.
ILHS recovered the ensuing onside kick and Truesdale sealed the win with a 44-yard jaunt on a fourth and one.
“I am so proud of this team,” Mayer said. “We certainly would rather be 1-0 in the conference going on the road than being 0-1.
“With us going on the road for the next three weeks, it was important to get this first conference win,” added Mayer.
Truesdale led the Warriors with 246 yards rushing on 32 attempts, including five TDs. He also completed two passes for zero yards. Truesdale added a 35 yard TD interception to his list of accomplishments for the night. Trey Eaves gained 32 yards on ten carries.
Shea Rodgers caught one pass for four yards. Michael Rodgriguez had a reception for minus four yards.
Javaris Clyburn paced the AJ offense with 101 yards on 16 rushes. Gavin Clyburn gained 61 yards on eight carries, including a TD. Chris White netted eight yards on three attempts, including a touchdown. Quay Perry gained five yards on one carry, and Jonathan Brevard collected five yards on two rushes.
Kolby Whitley threw for 98 yards and two touchdowns on 10-18 passing. Ryan Phillips was 6-16 for 84 yards and Bobby Delly was 1-2 passing for 44 yards.
Delly led the AJ receivers with seven catches for 73 yards. Gavin Clyburn caught five passes for 55 yards and two touchdowns. Quincy Grier had three receptions for 57 yards. Wade Eubanks had a 37-yard reception and Cody Ussery caught a two-yard pass.
AJ fell to 3-3, 0-1 and No. 7 Indian Land remains perfect, 6-0,1-0.
AJ hosts Buford, which dropped a 35-0 home loss to Central of Pageland.
Indian Land visits Cheraw, which took a 21-20 road win over Lee Central of Bishopville.