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Unbeaten Warriors rout Wolverines, 48-6

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IL goes to 3-0

By Eric Rowell

WHITMIRE – Indian Land’s high-scoring attack hit the road for the second time in three weeks and rolled to the Warriors’ third straight win.

Indian Land, rated No. 9 in the latest Class AA state football poll, ignited for a 41-6 halftime lead on the way to a 48-6 victory over winless Whitmire.

The Warriors, led by senior quarterback Rondreas Truesdale and running back Trey Eaves, scored on four first-half possessions and the IL defense delivered two touchdowns en route to a 35-point lead at the break.

The Warriors’ defense delivered the first points of the game as senior lineman Marc Morris picked up a Wolverines’ fumble and rumbled 10 yards to the end zone to give IL a 7-0 lead after Chad Thomas kicked the extra point with 7:30 to play in the first quarter.

The Warriors’ offense then got on track as Eaves, capping a one-play drive, raced 49 yards to lift Indian Land to a 13-0 lead after a bad snap foiled the extra-point try.

Whitmire battled back as the Wolverines struck in a hurry, with quarterback Traccey Ruff, on a third-and-10 snap, hitting wide receiver Cory Robertson on a 71-yard touchdown pass with 3:40 left in the opening quarter.

The Indian Land offense had a quick response of its own with Eaves, finishing a five-play, 48-yard drive, scoring on a seven-yard run with 1:07 to play in the opening period. Thomas drilled the extra point for a 20-6 lead.

“Our offensive line continued to block well and gave us some running lanes,” IL coach Mike Mayer said. “We had success on the ground and our offensive line play was a key. Those guys are doing a fine job working together.”

The Warriors’ offense continued to produce, with Truesdale scoring on a three-yard run after the IL defense forced a WHS fumble at the 10-yard line. Two plays later, Truesdale punched in the score for a 27-6 lead with Thomas’ conversion at the 5.7-second mark in the first period.

The Warriors’ defense came up big again as Josh Williams’ fumble recovery set up the fifth IL score of the opening half.

Two plays after the turnover, Truesdale dashed 48 yards for a 34-6 spread with 9:42 to play in the first half.

Indian Land’s opportunistic defense, for the second time in the first half, produced points with Truesdale scooping up a Whitmire fumble and returning it five yards for a touchdown and a 41-6 lead at the break after Thomas added the kick.

“Our defense played physical and created opportunities for our offense and they also scored a couple of times for us,” Mayer said. “Those defensive scores are momentum builders.”

In the second half, Mayer opted to turn the game over to the Warriors’ younger players.

The lone points of the final half came on sophomore running back Manny McCord’s 12-yard scoring run to end a seven-snap, 56-yard drive with 5:10 to play.

Mayer was pleased with the win to keep IL unbeaten on the season.

“We’re glad to be at 3-0 and we’re pleased to have to two 100-yard rushers on the night,” he said. “Having an extra threat in the backfield makes it a little tougher just to key in on Rondreas. We did a better job on our turnovers, and on the one we had, we waited too long to pitch the ball.

“We’re still having too many penalties and that’s an area we will continue to work on,” Mayer said.

Indian Land returns home Friday to face Class A foe McBee. McBee, 0-3, dropped a 56-12 loss to Class AA foe Lee Central High of Bishopville on Friday night.

Game notes

Prior to the IL vs. McBee game, the IL athletic booster club will host a tailgate party in the ILHS student parking lot at 6 p.m. IL fans are invited to bring their grills, food and beverages.

The game is also Lancaster County Rec football night.

The Indian Land booster club will meet Monday  at 7 p.m. in the ILHS media center.

Members and non-members are invited to attend.

 Game stats for the IL vs. Whitmire game were incomplete at press time. See the Carolina Gateway and The Lancaster News for offensive and defensive stats on the game.