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Jackets score early and often in season debut

Fort Mill junior Connor Baucom scored one of the Jackets' 16 goals in their season opener against AC Flora Thursday.
Fort Mill junior Connor Baucom scored one of the Jackets' 16 goals in their season opener against AC Flora Thursday.

Coming off a struggle of a 2017 season, the Fort Mill High boys’ lacrosse team opened the 2018 season with renewed optimism.

The Jackets started the 2018 season with a 16-6 win over the AC Flora Falcons at Bob Jones Stadium under new head coach Parker Thomas, a Fort Mill High grad and former lacrosse player at the school.

“We have got kids that have been in this program a while,” Thomas said. “Last year was a hard pill to swallow. The kids played hard and did well.”

Fort Mill scored just under two minutes in the game with a goal from Zach Terry to put the Jackets up early 1-0. Midway through the first quarter, Trenton Wylie added another goal for Fort Mill extending their lead. Wylie and Terry would lead Fort Mill with five goals each in the game.

AC Flora came back to score about two minutes later to cut into the Jackets lead. Wylie would get that goal back for Fort Mill with about 2:25 left in the first quarter.

The Falcons opened the second quarter with a goal with just over a minute into the period, but Wylie notched a hat trick less than a minute later with his third goal of the game. Wylie then took the game into his own hands and scored two more goals just seconds apart about midway through the second quarter. Terry would add his second goal for Fort Mill with 5:42 in the half to put the Jackets up 7-2.

Fort Mill would keep the momentum going as Ben Elia would get a goal for himself with 4:17 left in the and then Jack McGuire would score to give the Jackets a 9-2 lead before the half. Fort Mill would add three more goals in the half with a third goal coming from Terry and another goal from McGuire. The Jackets’ Conner Baucom added a goal before the half as well.

With a nine point lead to start the second half, Fort Mill went up by 10 at 13-3 on a goal from Cole Davidson. The scoring slowed down for the Jackets during the third quarter despite the dominance they showed in the first half. Terry would add his fourth goal before the quarter expired.

The fourth quarter was much like the third as the scoring slowed with Fort Mill goals coming from Terry and Elia. The Jackets now will travel to Cox Mill next week and host Providence Day March 1.

Mac Banks:, @MacBanksFM