The Indian Land Warriors, who began the season 6-0, needed a win in the worst way against Region 4-AA rival Lee Central after losing two straight games.
And though the Warriors' offense got back on track after a 40-0 loss last week to Central, Indian Land fell to Lee Central 51-41 to lose their third straight.
"We gave up big plays on defense and that hurt us," said Indian Land head coach Mike Mayer after the game. "We just made too many mistakes and fell too far behind, despite getting better production out of our offense."
The Indian Land offense, which didn't score last week against Central, got off to a hot start. The first play from scrimmage saw senior running back Trey Eaves plow ahead for a 45-yard run, with quarterback Rondreas Truesdale scoring on an 11-yard run of his own on the very next play.
But the Warriors' rushing attack stalled once Lee Central switched to a 5-3 defense. Stacking eight defenders at the line of scrimmage, the Stallions forced Truesdale to throw the ball, resulting in a first-quarter interception and a Stallion score on the next offensive series.
However, the true story of the first half was Stallion senior quarterback and team captain Shaquille Lovely, who completed his first seven passes including a 42-yard scoring strike to wide receiver T'Darius Gregg. Operating largely out of an empty backfield, Lovely completed passes to six different receivers and finished the half with 214 yards and three touchdowns on 12 of 14 passing, with touchdown passes of 42, 37 and 17. The first half concluded with Lee Central up 26-14 on the Warriors.
Lee Central didn't relent in the second half, this time getting it done offensively with its rushing attack. The Stallions opened the quarter with a 42-yard touchdown run by Gregg on the first play from scrimmage. It was the first of three rushing touchdowns by Lee Central in the third quarter alone, as it ate up time of possession and held Indian Land scoreless in the quarter.
Indian Land hung tough until the final seconds of the game, as Truesdale scored three of the Warriors' four fourth quarter touchdowns, including runs of 44 and 51 yards in the final minute of regulation. But in the end, it wasn't enough.
"We lost the game, and we might've gotten beat physically, but we won't ever lay down for anybody," Truesdale said. "But we can't keep coming out flat in the first half, and personally I need to work on stepping up too in the first two quarters."
LEE CENTRAL 51, INDIAN LAND 41
SCORING SUMMARYIL --Rondreas Truesdale 11 yard TD run (Thomas PAT)
LC -- David Bellinger 2 yard TD run (2 point conversion GOOD)
LC -- Shaquille Lovely to T'Darius Gregg 42 yard TD pass (2 point conv. FAILED)
LC -- Shaquille Lovely to Quinten Hudson 32 yard TD pass (2 point conv. FAILED) IL -- Rondreas Truesdale 3 yard TD run (Thomas PAT)
LC -- Shaquille Lovely to Tyrell Hicks 17 yard TD pass (2 point conv. FAILED)
LC-- T'Darius Gregg 42 yard TD run (2 point conv. FAILED)
LC -- Tyrell Hicks 6 yard TD run (2 point conv. FAILED) LC -- Marquis Wilson 3 yard TD run (2 point conv. FAILED)
IL -- Trey Eaves 22 yard TD run ( Thomas PAT)
LC -- Shaquille Lovely to Walter Hill 22 yard TD pass ( O'Sairo PAT) IL -- Rondreas Truesdale 4 yard TD run (2 point conversion GOOD)
IL -- Rondreas Truesdale 44 yard TD run (PAT failed) IL -- Rondreas Truesdale 51 yard TD run (game clock expired)
15-20, 0 INT
5-16, 1 INT
RUSHING --IL: Rondreas Truesdale 24-272, Trey Eaves 19-172, DJ Moore 1-1. LC: Shaquille Lovely 4-41, T'Darius Gregg 3-40, Marquis Wilson 5-21, Tyrell Hicks 7-21, Quinncy Slater 1-17, David Bellinger 4-13 .
PASSING -- ILHS: Rondreas Truesdale 5-16, 47 yards 1 INT. LCHS: Shaquille Lovely 15-20, 272 yards, 4 TDs. RECEIVING -- ILHS: Michael Rodriguez 3-47, Trey Eaves 1-2, Jeremy Adams 1-(-2). LCHS: Walter Hill 4-73, T'Darius Gregg 4-63, George Howard 1-41, Tyrell Hicks 3-37, Quinten Hudson 1-32, Quincy Slater 2-26 .
RECORDS: ILHS 6-3, LCHS 5-4