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AJ, Lancaster net shutouts in Classic play

By Robert Howey




KERSHAW – Lancaster and Andrew Jackson each posted a shutout on each end of the eighth annual Founders Federal Kickoff Classic at AJ’s Volunteer Stadium on Friday night.

The Bruins opened play with a 13-0 win over county foe Indian Land, while the host Vols capped the action with a 14-0 victory over the McBee Panthers.

Lancaster, in familiar fashion, launched play with a lightning bolt as sophomore Rashaun “Doopy” Cloud ignited the Bruins with a 90-yard kickoff return for a 7-0 lead after Arnold Roman’s conversion.

A week ago in the Battle of the Border Jamboree at Fort Mill High School, Cloud raced 95 yards for a touchdown on a kickoff return in LHS’s rain-shortened 6-3 win over Myers Park High of Charlotte.

“Cloud gave us a spark with that return,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said. “It gave us a charge and a shot of momentum. We picked up the pace from that point.”

Indian Land, much like it bid in the Border Jamboree at Fort Mill, moved the ball well behind senior quarterback Rondreas Truesdale, but couldn’t reach the end zone.

Truesdale, on IL’s second possession, moved to the LHS 23 on a 23-yard dash, but he fumbled and Lancaster’s Breshawn Reed made the key recovery.

Lancaster took the turnover and went 77-yards in 10 plays, with senior quarterback Shaq Williams dashing the final 15 yards for the touchdown.

Roman’s kick was no good and LHS held a 13-0 edge.

“We had too many bad things happen early and we just couldn’t overcome them,” Indian Land coach Mike Mayer said. “We never really recovered.

“We didn’t play bad, but we could have played better,” Mayer said. “We have to have our best effort each time we go out.”

IL’s Truesdale ran eight times for 54 yards.

“We still have some kinks to work out, but it’s getting better each time out,” McMurray said. “We’re still making too many mistakes, and we’ve got to focus this week and work them out.”

The Bruins, as the period closed, were driving behind the running of Kaderrious Jackson and Roy Watts, and the march ended inside the Indian Land High 10-yard line.

“We’re still working to build consistency on both sides of the football,” McMurray said. “We want to find that offensive rhythm.”

Andrew Jackson was in high gear for the majority of its 14-0 win over McBee to wrap up jamboree play.

The Vols broke on top late in the opening period as quarterback Gavin Clyburn heaved a 44-yard touchdown pass to Quadarius Fair.

The 86-yard scoring drive in nine plays was highlighted by an 11-yard pass play from Clyburn to Fair on a fourth-and-four snap at the AJ 31.

The Vols struck again on their next possession as Javarius Clyburn, on a determined run, dashed 23 yards for the score to end a 48-yard drive in four plays. Tyler Denkins drilled the second of his two extra points for a 14-0 lead.

Javarius Clyburn sparked the drive with 43 yards in three carries.

“The offensive line gave us some creases and our backs ran hard,” Moore said.

Vols’ senior Quincy Grier halted one McBee drive with an interception.

AJ’s Javarius Clyburn later had a 30-yard scoring run, but it was nullified with a holding penalty.

Late in the period, the Vols were driving behind the play of freshman quarterback Kolby Whitley, who guided AJ inside the McBee 10 before time ran out.

“We were a litte sluggish starting out and possibly that was due to the long wait to play at the end,” AJ coach David Moore said. “We came on and finished strong after we picked up the momentum.”

Moore saluted AJ defensive coordinator Danny Wright.

“I thought our defense set the tone,” Wright said. “I was glad to get the shutout. We stepped up our intensity. We’re making progress.”

Buford dropped a 15-0 loss to Class A opponent Great Falls.

The Jackets threatened early as they drove to the GFHS 27 where the drive stalled and Tyler Jenkins came on to try a 35-yard, but it was short.

The Red Devils then responded with a three-play scoring drive to tally the first score.

Red Devils’ running back Jake Payseur sprinted 61 yards for the opening score.

On the conversion, wingback Shaq Simpson swept left end for an 8-0 lead.

The Jackets came back with  a drive, highlighted by Jay Chambers’ 26-yard revers to the GFHS 39.

BHS penetrated to the Red Devils’ 23, but GFHS held and launched a drive.

Great Falls, in eight plays, drove 77 yards for the score, with Ernest Talford diving in from two-yard line. Cody Mobley drilled the extra point for a 15-0 edge.

BHS coach Mike Wells said the Jackets must work on their defense.

“We missed too many tackles,” Wells said. “On offense, we had a lot of confusion in the backfield, but it was C.J.’s first game at quarterback after losing Tripp Wright in the North Central scrimmage earlier in the week.

“We moved the ball well at times, but then we had a key breakdown and the drive stalled,” Wells said. “We’ve got to be able execute and put points on the board when the opportunity comes our way.”