Lightning first literally struck in Indian Land, then figuratively struck.
The Warriors scored three touchdowns in five minutes of game time after a lightning delay in the second quarter, en route to a 37-6 victory over Lewisville at Indian Land Stadium on Friday night.
Lewisville cashed in a Warrior fumble inside their own 15 with five minutes to play in the first quarter. Lion quarterback Trey Keels found Christian Laws from ten yards out to put the visitors ahead 6-0.
The 45-plus minute lightning delay happened just into the second quarter, and a different Indian Land team seemed to emerge from the locker room. Austin Gordon put the Warriors in the lead with a five-yard score midway through the second quarter, then a two-yard Dillon Mackey sneak extended the lead on the next possession.
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A wild 78-yard Derian Gueldner interception return followed, in which he weaved across the field, making several Lions miss before finding the end zone.
What sparked the change after the delay?
“We weren’t executing (before the delay). We came out of the locker room ready to play after the lightning delay,” said Indian Land coach Michael Mayer. “Coach (Horatio) Blades, our defensive coordinator, rallied the troops in the locker room, and so did coach (Brian) Gordon, our offensive coordinator. They told the kids that we weren’t executing, we looked like we did last week, and if we didn’t get any better, we were gonna get our tails beat. Then the kids started talking and getting on each other, and they just did a great job of pulling themselves together.”
Lewisville lost two linemen, Zach Snipes and George Busby, to injury during the game. This led to several bad snaps, including one that Brandon Sellers took to the house from five yards out to give Indian Land a 28-6 lead midway through the third quarter. After a safety on a blocked punt, Gordon added his second score early in the fourth to close the scoring.
“Austin had a good night,” said Mayer. “Austin Gordon just decided he was going to run the ball. I called out the offensive line when I was in the locker room.
“I said ‘Guys, we’re not getting the push. Everybody they’ve played has been able to run the ball on them, and why can’t we?’”
Gordon paced the Warriors on the ground, carrying 18 times for 85 yards.
Mayer challenged his team after last week’s 28-23 loss to Blacksburg, and he was clearly happy with the way his team responded.
“Last week was humbling. Last week was a reality check. We went into the game overconfident, and Blacksburg didn’t make any mistakes and they just played more physical than us and beat our tails, bottom line. This week, we came out and when we had that lightning delay, the kids had to make a decision, were you going to come out and play your butt off the rest of the game, or were we going to continue to flounder for another week?”
Indian Land (2-1) plays at Cheraw next Friday night. Lewisville (0-4) hosts Carolina Pride.