JV Warriors top Volunteers

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By The Staff

KERSHAW – The Indian Land High School Junior Warriors built an early lead and held on for a 19-7 junior varsity football win over county rival Andrew Jackson at AJ’s Volunteer Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 4.
The Junior Warriors, who improved to 3-3 with the 12-point win, set the tone from the start.
JV quarterback Caleb Gleason, on the game’s opening snap, dashed 70 yards for an IL touchdown.
“It was a busted play, but we had a mental mistakes on the play, and their quarterback took advantage and went the distance for the score,” AJ Junior Vols coach Kenny Samuel said. “He made a play.”
The Junior Warriors, who posted their second straight win, held a 13-7 lead at the half.
Shamir Murphy tallied Indian Land’s other two scores. He darted in from 40 yards out and later had a five-yard scoring run.
Dwight Cherry set up Murphy’s short scoring scamper, taking a slant pass from Gleason and going all the way to the AJ five, where he was stopped.
Murphy then scored the final touchdown of the night.
Jeremiah Strickland kicked the lone extra point of the night for the Junior Warriors.
“This was a good team win for us,” said ILHS junior varsity football coach Bakari Burton. “I felt both sides of the ball played well for us to help us get the win. We knew we had to have good effort because Andrew Jackson always comes to play and we were on the road.”
The Junior Vols’ lone score came on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Helms to Daniel Barfield. Jake Vaughn added the extra point.
“This was a hard-fought game, what you expect in a county rivalry game,” Samuel said.
“We just had some mental mistakes, which came back to hurt us. We will regroup and come back with a good week of practice to prepare for our final two games.”
Indian Land will visit Keenan High School of Columbia on Thursday, Oct. 11.