FORT MILL — The Harding University (N.C.) Rams took a timeout with 3:10 left in the first quarter of Saturday's Battle of the Border scrimmage at Fort Mill.
It might have been less about a water break and more about trying to figure out how to corral Indian Land quarterback Rondreas Truesdale.
Truesdale rushed for 114 yards, but three ill-timed Warriors turnovers erased the gaudy yardage. Harding University defeated Indian Land 16-7.
"You cannot win with three turnovers in a half," Indian Land coach Mike Mayer said. "You cannot win with that many penalties."
The Warriors were the only team that managed to get their scrimmage in before a wave of thunderstorms moved through the area. Several other scrimmages were canceled.
The Warriors lost a fumble on their first possession on a botched exchange between Truesdale and Trey Eaves, but Truesdale made amends after a Harding punt.
On Indian Land's first play, Truedale took a quarterback draw down the left sideline for and raced untouched for a 48-yard score. Truesdale had 99 yards on just six carries in the first quarter.
The Warriors, however, lost another fumble on their next possession, and Harding also recovered a muffed punt with 10:49 left in the second quarter.
The Rams capitalized on the third turnover when quarterback Deontre Oliver flipped an 11-yard touchdown to Reggie McNeal in the back of the end zone, and Harding University added the two-point conversion.
Indian Land milked most of the period with an 11-play drive, but that possession ended with a missed field goal with 2:48 remaining.
"We moved the ball up and down the field," Mayer said. "But that don't count. You have to get the ball in the end zone."
The Rams answered with a 51-yard run from Shaun Wilson and a 29-yard touchdown sweep by Willie Miller in just two plays. A two-point conversion from Wilson provided the final margin.
"This is an opportunity where we didn't play our best football," Mayer said. "We have to play better, and we need to play better to have a special season like last year."