Jackets rally, clip Warriors

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By Chance Bowers

INDIAN LAND – It was a cool October night Thursday as the Buford Yellow Jackets swarmed into “The Reservation” to battle the rival Indian Land Warriors.

The game was moved up a day due to the forecast of heavy rain for Friday’s games. The Yellow Jackets were able to keep their playoff hopes alive with a key 27-18 win over Indian Land.Indian Land was the first to lay the tomahawk down as Warriors’ running back Karl Watson ran it in from two yards out to post a 6-0 edge after IL missed on the two-point attempt.Buford answered, posting an touchdown early in the second quarter with a three yard-run from running back Andrew Jennings. Kicker Josh Ferguson’s extra point attempt was no good, falling just short to leave the game tied at 6-all.The Yellow Jackets scored again on the ground, but this time with quarterback Will Ford from 21 yards out. Jennings, who ran for 103 yards, tacked on two with a nice run for a 14-6 edge.Buford wasn’t done in the first half as senior workhorse fullback Brent McAteer barreled through the Warriors’ defense for a one-yard touchdown. The two-point attempt was unsuccessful, leaving Buford on top 20-6. McAteer ran for 104 yards in 21 gives.“After falling behind early on the road in a rivalry game, I thought we did a good job of keeping our focus and battling back,” BHS coach Mike Wells said. “Both teams played hard and we were able to make a few more plays and gain control of the game.”The comeback-minded Warriors started the second half with a five-yard TD run good for six from running back Breyon Williams, who tallied after taking a direct snap. Indian Land’s two-point attempt was no good, leaving the gap at 20-12.Near the end of the third quarter, Buford’s Jennings would score again, this time from 10 yards out to extend Buford’s lead. Ferguson’s extra point was good for a 27-12 lead.With 5:56 left, Indian Land quarterback Josh Camarire took it himself with a 23-yard touchdown dash.The Warriors were unsuccessful on their two-point conversion try.Buford, 4-5, 2-4, protected its lead the rest of the way to seal the 27-18 win, its second over the Warriors this season. BHS opened the season with a 14-6 non-league victory over Indian Land.Indian Land High coach Michael Mayer was frustrated with his team’s performance and felt it could have earned the win.“We played much better in the second half, but we just didn’t have the same effort in the first half,” Mayer said. “If we would have played with the same effort through the entire game, we probably would have won this game.”Wells said he was excited with the play of Ford, the Jackets’ ace senior quarterback.“Will showed great awareness out there tonight, and probably had one of his best games this season,” Wells said. “He didn’t make mistakes, which is what every coach wants from their quarterback.”Buford and Indian Land cap regular-season play Friday night.BHS hosts the AFC Rangers, while Indian Land entertains Great Falls.The Red Devils, 6-3, 4-1, routed Chester County rival Lewisville 27-0 on Thursday at GFHS.