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Vols pluck Shamrocks in 28-7 victory

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By Kim Roberts

KERSHAW – Offensive-minded Andrew Jackson exploded for 28 first-half points and rolled up 409 yards total offense in routing Eau Claire of Columbia, 28-7 on the Vols’ 2008 homecoming Friday night.Rifle-armed AJ senior quarterback Daniel Pardue threw three touchdown passes, including two to senior Justin Sellers. Pardue completed 12-26 passes for 209 yards to help the Vols even their record at 3-3, 1-0.Junior Trent Flowers ignited the packed homecoming crowd with an electrifying 72-yard opening kickoff return to the Rocks’ three. Senior Daniel Wright then scored the first of two touchdowns with an easy three-yard plunge.Freshman Tyler Dinkins connected on the first of four extra points and AJ led 7-0 only 20 seconds into the game.“It was a good win, especially for our seniors tonight,” said AJ coach Louis Clyburn. “I’m so proud of our special teams. Trent really got us going with that opening kickoff.”The AJ defense set the tone of the game early and forced a Shamrock punt. In four plays, Andrew Jackson covered 51 yards. A perfectly executed pump fake by Pardue froze the ECHS corner and Pardue delivered a rope to Sellers for a 41-yard TD with 7:30 left in the opening period.AJ junior linebacker Dylan McKittrick sacked Shamrock quarterback Xavier Murray to force another ECHS punt on the next possession. Two plays later, Wright caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Pardue. With 4:53 still left in the first quarter, AJ led 21-0.“We hoped we could get on top of them early,” said Clyburn. “Eau Claire has a number of playmakers that we wanted to nullify by scoring early.”The Vols squandered an excellent scoring chance late in the half when senior Tremaine Jackson deftly returned a Shamrock punt 40 yards to the EC 11. Dinkins’ 27-yard field goal sailed wide left.Daniel Wright set up the Vols’ last score of the half with an interception near midfield.Six plays later, Pardue threw a superb lob pass of 17 yards to Sellers for a touchdown to round out the AJ scoring. The drive covered 65 yards.“We played a little undisciplined in the third quarter,” said Clyburn. “Our defense played well all night and got after them pretty good.”The Vols racked up 115 yards in penalties for the night.Jackson intercepted two passes, including one in the end zone to help the stellar defensive effort. Senior Justin Deese also thwarted a Shamrock drive with an interception at the ECHS 32. AJ’s Kody Faulkenberry, Robert Massey and David Cunningham each had sacks.Late in the game, ECHS quarterback Ronald Weeks led the Shamrocks on an eight-play, 85-yard scoring drive, with freshman Marquise Jones catching a 25-yard scoring pass. Cristain Duran converted the extra point to make the final score, 28-7.The loss dropped the Shamrocks to 1-5, 0-1 in Region IV-AA play. AJ travels to Columbia on Friday to play the Keenan Raiders at 7:30 p.m. Keenan, 4-2, dropped a 49-7 loss to unbeaten Central of Pageland.