Trio set to travel Friday

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Vols lone home team this week

By Robert Howey



Three county teams will have to do it on the road Friday night in high school football play.

Lancaster, Buford and Indian Land will take the bus in hopes of posting a win in week two play.

Lancaster heads to the Midlands to face Ridge View at Blythewood High School.

Buford  travels to Bishopville to battle Lee Central  and Indian Land treks to Blacksburg to battle the Class A Wildcats.

Andrew Jackson is the lone host as the Volunteers open their home schedule with a visit from Class A foe Lewisville.

All games are scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m.

Lancaster  puts its 1-0 record on the line as the Bruins meet the Blazers, who are coming off a win over Lexington.

LHS coach Bennie McMurray said the Bruins will have a test in hopes of improving their record to 2-0.

“Ridge View is coming off a big victory over Lexington,” he said. “I know a big key is for us to play well in the special teams. That’s usually where early-season games are decided and we have to show improvement in that area. That is a point of emphasis for us this week.

“This is our first road game, so we have to be on top of our game and eliminate the turnovers,” McMurray said. “Another area of concern is penalties. We have to eliminate penalties and quit hurting ourselves in key situations.”

Buford also hopes to go to 2-0 as the Jackets visit Lee Central, a former Class AA region foe.

“That’s an athletic team with good size and speed,” BHS coach Mike Wells said.  “It’s a veteran team with  about 16 seniors.

“The key for us is to tackle well and not allow the big play,” Wells said. “We have to protect the football. We also have to be consistent on offense and be able to move the ball and keep it away from their big-play people.”

Andrew Jackson is hoping home will be a key to success.

“It will be good to be at Volunteer Stadium, but we face a dogfight with Lewisville,” Andrew Jackson coach David Moore said. “This is a Lewisville team which has improve a great deal over last season. Coach Mitchell has done a good job with that team.

“The key for us is ball control and limiting their possessions,” Moore said. “We also have to do a better job of tackling. We have to wrap up and make the play at the point of  attack.”

Indian Land, 0-1, wants to even its mark with a trip to Blacksburg.

“They’re looking for a win and so are we,” IL coach Mike Mayer said. “We have to play better than we did last week. We have to do a better job of protecting the ball and reduce our turnovers. Turnovers and penalties really hurt us last week.

“We also have to be more consistent on offense,” Mayer said.