Rain, lightning trump football

Herald correspondentAugust 14, 2011 

  • Weather wreaked havoc on the Herald-area scrimmages Saturday evening. At the Fort Mill Jamboree, the games between Lancaster and Myers Park and Charlotte Country Day and Nation Ford were scratched. At Rock Hill, after a lengthy delay, Northwestern was able to play Northern Guilford and Rock Hill was slated to face Boiling Springs late Saturday night. Due to Herald deadlines, the Rock Hill/Boiling Springs game was not over in time. A story will appear in Monday's paper.

— It was fun while it lasted.

After an entertaining first scrimmage between Indian Land and Harding University High, Myers Park and Lancaster got underway in the second scrimmage of the third annual Battle of the Border Football Jamboree at Bob Jones Stadium at Fort Mill, but it was the rain and lighting that quickly stole the show.

Lancaster had just two offensive plays, but made the most of them in the 6-3 win over Myers Park in just 3:10 of football.

Myers Park got the opening kickoff to start the second scrimmage. And they wasted no time in moving the ball down the field.

Mustangs quarterback Ross Jeffries took off for an 18-year run to get a first down and get Myers Park past the 50-yard line to open the game. He then connected on back-to-back passes totaling 39 yards to get in the red zone.

Coached by former Fort Mill High coach Greg Taylor, the Mustangs got to the 12-yard line in three plays, but things stalled, forcing Myers Park to call a time out.

Coming out of the time out, Myers Park got on the board with a 28-yard field goal from Lucas Tcherkezian to put the Mustangs up 3-0.

Lancaster's sophomore Rashaun Cloud then returned the kickoff 95 yards to put the Bruins right back on top 6-3, but a bad snap led to a failed extra point.

About 8:50 left in the first quarter, the game was stopped for lighting with Myers Park facing first down on the 41-yard line.

They would never get a chance to try to move the ball again, as after an hour's wait, the rest of the jamboree was canceled due to increasing lightning and rain.

The canceling of the rest of the jamboree meant the home crowd didn't get to see either of their home teams play - Nation Ford or Fort Mill.

The jamboree ended with North Carolina winning 19-13 over South Carolina.

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