After Indian Land posted a 27-point first quarter against Whitmire last week, the referees signaled for the clock to run shortly thereafter, as it became apparent that the teams were clearly outmatched. The Warriors once again stormed out of the gate Friday evening, this time against the McBee Panthers, scoring 28 first quarter points en route to a decisive 64-6 victory to move to 4-0 on the season.
And for Indian Land senior running back Trey Eaves, who notched his second consecutive 100-yard game, his recent emergence could signal a sign of things to come.
"Here at Indian Land, I finally get the chance I didn't have at my last school to play the position I've played my entire life," said Eaves, who transferred from Charlotte-based Independence High School over the summer. Eaves finished the game with 199 yards and four touchdowns on just seven carries.
"Our offense has been clicking since the season started, but we can't ease up and take our foot off of the pedal, not now."
Indian Land made a statement from the very first play of the game, a 63-yard touchdown run by Rondreas Truesdale, in what was a precursor of the events that followed. After an unsuccessful drive by the Panthers, Indian Land junior linebacker Josh Fiato blocked a punt from Austin Herrington, which was subsequently recovered by Kentavis Vinson at the McBee 15-yard line. Eaves would subsequently score on the very next play, a 15- yard touchdown run.
All told, Truesdale and Eaves combined for 370 yards and seven touchdowns, while Warrior backup quarterback Dalton McGuirt had two touchdowns of his own via a 40-yard pass to wide receiver Michael Rodriguez and a late third quarter 35-yard touchdown run.
The Warrior defense was equally impressive, led by DJ Moore, who in addition to netting a second quarter safety helped Indian Land net 12 tackles for lost yardage against McBee.
With Eaves becoming the backfield compliment to Truesdale that the team envisioned in the offseason, head coach Mike Mayer feels that his team is equipped for the long haul.
"I see Trey showing flashes of what Breyon was able to do for us in his senior season," said Mayer in reference to Breyon Williams, who had more than 1,100 yards last season for the Warriors in addition to 11 touchdowns.
"But while it makes us that much harder to defend, our team has been about big plays, and we have yet to see what this team will do on a lengthy offensive drive. I'm sure we will find out soon enough."
Indian Land hosts North Central next week for its homecoming game.