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Two host, two travel Friday

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AJ, IL at home; Buford, LHS hit the road

By Robert Howey

 
 

   

  

Lancaster and Buford  hope to get it done on the road.

Andrew Jackson and Indian Land hope the home field yields an edge.

Week four of the 2011 Lancaster County high school football schedule has the Bruins and Yellow Jackets headed south for non-league games.

AJ and Indian Land will be at home.

Lancaster visits Pontiac to face Spring Valley, while Buford takes the bus to Boonetown to meet the North Central Knights.

AJ, coming off two straight road wins, will be at home to face St. John’s of Charleston. Indian Land will also be at home as the Warriors face McBee.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. for each game.

Lancaster, coming off a 40-6 home win over Buford, is hoping to build on the momentum.

“We had a good win and we needed it,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said. “We have a tough three-game road stretch coming up starting with the game at Spring Valley.

“It will be a tough game and we have to be sound in all phases of the game,” McMurray said. “We need to be productive in the red zone when we have chances. It will take our ‘A’ game.”

AJ, at home for the first time since its opener, is also hoping to build off its lopsided win over North Central, a 42-14 win.

“St. John’s is coming off a tough (10-6 loss) so we know they will come here ready to play and looking to get back on track,” AJ coach David Moore said. “They have their share of athletes who can make plays.”

Moore said the Vols had a good win, but look to continue to make progress.

“The big key is to continue to be consistent,” Moore said. “We need to be productive on each snap.

“The schedule is going to get tougher each week and we want to continue to build consistency.”

Buford coach Mike Wells said North Central is improved.

“They’re 0-3, but I feel they’re a much better team this year,” Wells said. “We faced them in the Camden jamboree and we had to rally to win.

“They’re capable and we have to be ready to play because I know coach Clyburn (Louis) will have them prepared to battle.

“The big key is to protect the football and avoid turnovers,” Wells said. “We need to play well on defense by keeping pressure on their quarterback and playing well in the secondary because they have a wide-open attack. We have to get people to the football and tackle well.”

Indian Land, rated 9th in the latest Class AA state poll, hopes to help its state ranking with a win over the winless Panthers.

“Going into this game, I see three keys,” IL coach Mike Mayer said. “We need to come out early and establish ourselves. That’s worked well for us this year and we want to keep it going.

“I feel it’s also vital for our defense to stop the run because that’s the key to McBee’s offensive success,” Mayer said. “We also have to reduce our penalties. That’s a key area for us.”

Mayer added he hopes the Warriors can continue their ground success which produced three 100-yard rushers.

Trey Eaves ran for 105 yards in six carries and scored two TDs. Rondreas Truesdale rushed for 102 yards in eight carries and scored twice in the WHS win.

Sophomore Manny McCord had 102 yards in 13 carries and a pass reception for seven yards.

“That gives our attack an added dimension,” Mayer said. “It also keep defenses from keying in on Rondreas.”