Terrell Ottinger, Editor

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Last Friday, the Indian Land Warriors faced their county rivals, the Lancaster Bruins. With back to back season openers against each other, along with last year’s ending in a 35-7 home loss for the Warriors, Indian Land was propelled into their 18-3 upset at Lancaster’s home field.

Through interviewing Brandon Britton, the Warriors’ starting junior running back before the game, we were sourced with the Warriors simple gameplan of sticking to an “improving pass, solid rush” offense and “an all-around defense” that “can stop a run and cover passes” with due credit to head coach and defensive coordinator Horatio Blades.

The game began as scheduled and Indian Land opened with a near scoring drive, with a touchdown by Brandon Britton being called back. When given another attempt in the red zone, rain began to fall and thunder struck, sending the game into a near two-hour delay. Senior defensive back AJ Jefferson said, “Even though we didn’t score there, we had a good drive to open the game and it gave us confidence.” This confidence was shown when the game resumed and the Warriors played to their game plan of a strong rush offense and defense. Brandon Britton had 67 rushing yards for two rushing touchdowns and TJ Thomas, another junior running back for the Warriors, finished the game with his own rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter. 

The next week, Brandon Britton was ruled out for six weeks due to a broken hand. When asked offensive coordinator Leon Boulware stated “Brandon’s a vital part of our offensive but as a team and coaching staff we are still confident in our abilities, even though we have to tweak some things,” going into week two against another county school, the Buford Yellow Jackets.

 

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