In a clash between states, host team Indian Land headlined the North-South Kickoff Classic Saturday and rallied to win 14-7 over the Parkwood Rebels.
The eight team jamboree featured four teams from North Carolina taking on four teams for South Carolina, all Lancaster County schools. Each game lasted two 12 minute quarters. Andrew Jackson beat Providence Day 7-0 in the first match-up and Cuthbertson beat Buford 13-7 in the second match-up. Lancaster would score late and hold on to beat Ardrey Kell 7-0.
The Indian Land Warriors struggled early after a Rebels score and were forced to punt after just four plays. The Rebels would started to drain the clock and move down the field as quarterback Zee Brantley hit DJ Benton for a 30-yard gain.
Indian Land did get a first down before the end of the first quarter on a 10-yard run from sophomore Tyree Sistare.
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The Warriors were hurt by penalties in the game early as they had a key pass interference call in the first quarter and another on their first drive in the second quarter, which helped to stall the series.
With the game tied 7-7 and 2:30 left, Indian Land junior quarterback David Loughry hit senior Ryan Albino on a 26-yard pass to spur the Warriors offense. Loughry found Sistare for a 17-yard pass, putting them within the red zone for their second consecutive drive. Sistare scored two plays later to put Indian Land up 14-7.
Indian Land made the most of its first complete drive in the second quarter as the Warriors put together an eight play, 80-yard drive capped off by senior Lee Massey's eight-yard touchdown run.
Indian Land crossed midfield in the second quarter on a 38-yard run by Loughry. Loughry hit Albino on the next play to put the Warriors into the red zone for the first time all game.
Warriors' head coach Michael Mayer said he knew there are key points his team needs to work on before Friday’s regular season opener against Lancaster.
"We are still inconsistent," he said. "We need to tackle better. We need to come out of the locker room ready to play."
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Indian Land 14, Parkwood 7
Indian Land 0
P - Eli Ackerman 65-yard run (Savonte Drakford kick)
IL - Lee Massey eight-yard run (Brandon Dickerson kick)
IL - Tyree Sistare one-yard run (Dickerson kick)
First downs 7
Passing yards 61
Parkwood: Zee Brantley 4-9, Eli Ackerman 6-80, Justin Lee 1-3, Marc Crimmens 1-4, DJ Benton 1-2. Indian Land: Dillon Howie 1-(-3), Tyree Sistare 4-21, Lee Massey 5-26, David Loughry 1-38, Dominic Pestano 1-8.
Parkwood: Zee Brantley 5-8-0 61. Indian Land: David Loughry 5-8-0 63.
Parkwood: DJ Benton 4-40, JJ Benton 1-21.
Indian Land: John Gregory 1-6, Ryan Albino 3-40, Tyree Sistare 1-17.