The Indian Land Warriors lost their home opener on Friday to Pageland Central 35-0. The Eagles dominated the game from the outset, and never let the Warriors develop a rhythm on offense or defense.
The pre-game was marked by an official uniting of Indian Land High School and the Catawba Indian tribe, but even the blessing could not save the Warriors from a long night at "The Reservation."
The Warriors' third play of the game, a pass from quarterback Josh Camerire, was picked off by the Eagles, and they never relented as they pounded the Warriors on both sides of the ball.
Steven Smith, the Eagles quarterback, opened the scoring with a short run. Smith finished the game 4 of 9 for 58 yards passing and a touchdown. Central's Willie Clyburn scored two touchdowns on the ground, and Justice Cunningham and Corky Clark added the other scores.
Indian Land forced into punt on all of its first-half possessions, never got on track and finished the game with 21 total yards on offense. Indian Land was held to -1 yard of offense in the first half and trailed 21-0 at the break.
The Warriors failed to record a first down for the entire game while the Eagles converted 13 and seemed to move the ball at will against the Indian Land defense, which had been playing well of late.
Clark finished the game with 10 carries for 85 yards and Clyburn added eight rushes for 74 yards and the two scores.
Cunningham, who also lined up on the defensive line and made several tackles, caught two passes for 52 yards.
The Warriors' defense had only given up 21 points in the first two games, but Friday was a different story as the unit seemed overmatched by the Eagles' relentless running game.
When Indian land did manage to make stops, Chad Carlton led the defensive effort, recording 13 tackles. Luke Lambert added eight tackles and Mark Gunter has seven. Keyadd Miller chipped in with two sacks and five total tackles. Lambert, who also serves as the punter, averaged 42 yards per punt on nine attempts, and recorded two that went over 50 yards.
While the Eagles racked up 343 rushing yards out of their wishbone attack, the Warriors managed only 20 rushing yards on 24 carries. Indian Land's leading rusher, Breyon Williams, was held to just six yards on 11 carries.
The loss drops the Warriors to 1-2. Indian Land hosts Andrew Jackson Friday for homecoming.