High School Sports

Turnovers cost Indian Land in close loss

KERSHAW -- In a game of two evenly matched teams, where both teams had the exact same numbers of penalties and first downs, two huge third-quarter fumbles made the difference.

The Andrew Jackson Volunteers turned both Indian Land Warrior fumbles into points and made the lead stand up Friday night for a 28-20 home victory.

"It's real simple," Indian Land coach Mike Mayer said. "Two many mistakes, too many turnovers. But our kids gave great effort."

In what was a time game at the half, Andrew Jackson came out with a 13-play, 74-yard drive to start the second half. The Volunteers moved methodically down the field, thanks to some good work from their offensive line, and scored on a 5-yard pass from Daniel Pardue to Daniel Wright with 7:28 to go in the third.

The Warriors were driving on the ensuing possession when on a key third down, an option pitch from Karl Watson was behind the tailback. Justin Deese scooped it up at Indian Land's 45 and raced to pay dirt to give AJ a 21-7 lead and all the momentum.

Just two possessions later, Indian Land fumbled again at its 12, and Pardue eventually punched it in from the 1-yard-line for a 28-7 lead. Pardue accounted for three touchdowns on the night.

Indian Land 0 7 0 13 -- 20

A. Jackson 0 7 14 7 -- 28

TEAM STATISTICS

ILHS AJHS

First downs 14 14

Rushes-yards 31-75 34-147

Comp-Att-Int 13-21-0 9-21-1

Passing yards 198 115

Fumbles-lost 2-2 0-0

Penalties-yards 11-80 11-85

A. Jackson 28

Indian Land 20

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