The South Carolina teams won handily in the second annual Battle of the Border Football Jamboree at Fort Mill High beating their North Carolina peers 82-38.
The two-state jamboree consisted of Lancaster, Indian Land, Nation Ford and Fort Mill High locally against three North Carolina teams consisting of Forest Hills, Myers Park and Harding High. Myers Park played twice against Lancaster and Nation Ford.
Each scrimmage consisted of a full half of football.
Indian Land 24, Forest Hills 12
If Indian Land's participation in the Jamboree showed anything it was that junior Rondreas Truesdale is going to have a busy season.
Truesdale rushed for 51 yards on four carries and passed for 105 yards on 2-3 throwing and was responsible for 256-yards for the Warriors.
"He is going to touch the ball one way or the other," said Indian Land coach Michael Mayer.
Indian Land went three and out to open things up and Forest Hill's Deonta Vincent returned the punt 52-yards to get to the eight-yard line.
C.J. Kiser punched it in two plays later to put Forest Hills up 6-0. The Warriors' Rondreas Truesdale blocked the extra point.
Truesdale did a little bit of everything for Indian Land as he ran kickoffs back, took the snap from center and carried the ball for the Warriors.
Senior Breyon Williams also threw Forest Hills off on defense as well carrying the ball, when Truesdale didn't.
After a costly penalty pushed the ball back to the 50-yard line on the Warriors' second series, Truesdale hit senior Jarrell Robinson for a 50-yard touchdown. Forest Hills blocked the extra point leaving things tied at 6-6.
Indian Land recovered a fumble on first play of Forest Hills' second possession giving the Warriors good starting position at the Forest Hills' 27-yard line. Two plays later, Truesdale ran for a 26-yard touchdown. The Warriors' two-point conversion failed.
The Warriors were plagued by penalties, but seemed to shake them off. Truesdale hit Robinson again over the middle on their third series for a 55-yard touchdown, after several penalties pushed them past mid-field.
With about four minutes left in the scrimmage, Truesdale returned an interception 100-yards for a touchdown to put the Warriors up 24-6.
Robinson caught two passes for 105 yards and Williams rushed for 21 yards on six carries.
Mayer said he was proud of how his team looked, even though they were lacking in stamina.
"We were dragging today," Mayer said. "We looked tired. We had too many penalties."
Indian Land's defense held strong through the scrimmage allowing just 32 yards in the first 12 minutes and 107 yards in the second dozen minutes. The Warriors did allow Forest Hills' to score late in the scrimmage.
Lancaster 14, Myers Park 7
The second quarter saw the return of former Fort Mill High head coach Greg Taylor who coached at the school from 1999 to 2005. It was the first time he has been back to the school as a head coach after spending the past several seasons at South Pointe High School.
Myers Park Mustangs came out rushing Lancaster off the first snap. Their defense forced Lancaster to punt after three plays.
Lancaster's defense was just as strong forcing Myers Park on a three and out as well.
The Bruins' Shaq Williams had a huge 32-yard run to get the ball in the red zone on their second series. Several plays later, Williams hit senior Quay Roberts on a swing pass for a 11-yard touchdown to give the Bruins an early lead.
Myers Park came right back and marched down the field to set up a scoring opportunity. The drive ate up the clock, but Lancaster's defense held the Mustangs out of the end zone.
Lancaster opened the second quarter with a 7-0 lead and took the ball over on downs at their own 20-yard line.
Williams could only move the ball nine-yards after three downs. However, got a first down when Myers Park had too many men on the field during the punt.
Junior running back Brandon Reese broke away on a 57-yard run to the three-yard line. Lancaster was hit with a holding penalty on the next play which pushed them back to the 13-yard line.
Another penalty pushed the Bruins back even further, but Williams hit senior Darius Cureton on a screen pass for a 18-yard touchdown.
"He is a player," said Lancaster head coach Bennie McMurray, of Williams, who contributed on both scores. "But we have to find a way to rest him some.'
Myers Park put together another long drive in the second quarter, which included a big 25-yard run from quarterback Blaine Anderson for a first down.
Later in the drive Anderson connected with receiver Damon McCullum for a 40-yard touchdown pass to put the Mustangs on the board with just over three minutes left.
Lancaster would hold on for the win as Myers Park made one last drive within the final minute. Williams rushed for 41-yards on four carries. Reese rushed the ball twice for 61 yards.
"We were a little sluggish, but we had some pluses tonight," McMurray said.
Nation Ford 14, Myers Park 7
Myers Park pulled double duty playing against Nation Ford after playing Lancaster. Myers Park picked up the extra work after a North Carolina team dropped out several weeks before the contest.
The match-up saw a contest between two golfing buddies and friends - Taylor and Nation Ford head coach Rusty Jester.
Nation Ford took the opening kickoff and march down the field going 80 yards to score on a five-yard run from junior J.J. McCullough on a nine-play drive.
The Falcons benefited from big runs from Northwestern High transfer JoJo Williamson, who rushed for 30 yards on three carries during the drive.
The Falcons defense led by defensive end Logan Daughtry, who kept pressure on the Myers Park two quarterback system that they ran.
The Falcons showed a balanced offense running the ball and passing it.
"We played a fast-break offense," Jester said. "I'm tickled with our defense. They executed pretty well at this point in the season. They really deserved this."