INDIAN LAND --
In the first region matchup for both teams, the Cheraw Braves defeated the Indian Land Warriors 34-13 thanks to 21 unanswered second half points.
The Warriors fall to 1-4 on the season.
“We had them on the ropes and didn’t finish in the fourth quarter,” said Indian Land head coach Michael Mayer. “The fourth quarter was the difference in the game.”
Cheraw set the tone early, scoring on its first possession. On the second play from scrimmage, Justin Chapman rushed 55 yards down to Indian Land’s 41. Xavier Taylor added 14 yards rushing on the drive and Chapman rushed for another 26 before taking the ball six yards for his first score of the night.
Cheraw scored again on its third drive of the evening after a 57-yard punt return by Deion Sanders down to the Indian Land 13 yard line. Chapman would score his second touchdown of the night, rushing in from the 13.
Indian Land scored the next 13 points of the game. The Warriors’ third possession of the night resulted in their first, and only, touchdown. The Warriors drove 64 yards highlighted by a 27-yard pass from Dalton McGuirt to Conner Butler. Manny McCord caught the touchdown pass from McGuirt.
The Warriors scored on their two ensuing possessions. Kicker Shea Rodgers hit field goals from 43 yards and 38 yards to tie the score at 13-13.
The Braves answered with 21 points of their own, including two more Chapman touchdowns. He would rush in from the 13 and the 30. Taylor would add one of his own, punching it in from ten yards out on the Braves 10th possession of the game, ending the game at 34-13 Braves.