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Lake City Sonic Jamboree final preseason tune-up for several teams

LAKE CITY—With the regular season getting underway next week, Friday night was the final chance for Andrews, East Clarendon, Hannah-Pamplico, Kingstree and Lake City to iron out the kinks in a game situation before their records are on the line.

Those five schools, along with Hemingway, competed in the Lake City Sonic Jamboree at Ward Memorial Stadium and had to battle through scattered showers and stifling humidity.

In the first half of play, Andrews used a strong running attack to handle East Clarendon, 31-7.  The Yellow Jackets picked up 300 total yards in 24 minutes, including 280 on the ground. 

Andrews scored on its first possession when Michael Pipkin raced 48 yards on fourth-and-six just past midfield.  Midway through the first quarter, Jalen Smith got in on the act with a 33-yard scoring scamper. 

Fullback RJ Knowlin added touchdown runs of 30 yards and one-yard, respectively, while backup quarterback Francis Brown crossed the goal line from 10 yards out to make it 31-0.

“We had a few screw-ups, but our main goal was to work on getting personnel on and off the field and execute,” Andrews head coach Scott Durham said.  “The rain starting early didn’t help either.  I wanted to throw the ball more but we didn’t really get a chance to because the ball was too wet.  All in all, tonight was good for us.”

East Clarendon managed to get on the scoreboard during the final play of the half.  Cub Cook found Dillon Gott for a five-yard touchdown and Franklin Lara’s point after set the final margin.

The second matchup of the night turned out to be the most exciting as Kingstree scored 20 unanswered points to edge Hannah-Pamplico.  The Raiders ran 12 more plays and had 100 yards more of total offense, but also turned the ball over four times to only once for Kingstree.

“We’re still making way too many mistakes,” said H-P head coach Jamie Johnson.  “There’s times that we have plays there, we’ve got to complete them, especially in the pass game.  We’ve had way too many turnovers.  Our offense – the tempo and intensity we operate at – the stuff’s there, we’ve just got to be able to take advantage of it.”

After a Jaguars punt, Hannah-Pamplico took over at its own 45-yard line and moved 55 yards in eight plays, culminating in a one-yard TD pass from Eric Mays to Keondre Beach.  The Raiders used a big play through the air to add to their advantage later in the frame when Mays connected with Jacob Daves for a 63-yard scoring strike to jump ahead 14-0.

Kingstree quickly cut into the margin when Jaisean Green took an end around 70 yards to pay dirt.  An interception by Direlle McGee set the Jaguars up in Hannah-Pamplico territory late in the second quarter, and six plays later, Green found Quinton Alston streaking down the sideline for a 45-yard touchdown.  The two-point conversion tied the score when Green’s pass deflected off a Raiders defender and into the waiting arms of Derrick McFadden.

With time winding down in the half, Alston picked off another Mays pass and took it 35 yards the other way to give the Jaguars the victory.

“I’m not surprised at the effort my guys gave.  They’ve been showing it all offseason,” noted Kingstree head coach Earl Brown II.  “They’ve worked hard all summer and during two-a-days.  This is our fourth scrimmage and we’ve gotten better to this point.  We’re going to enjoy the process, not going to rush it, and take it day by day.  The kids are holding one another accountable and this is just going to set the solid foundation for what we want to accomplish.”

In the nightcap, Hemingway scored with 1:32 to play in the half to overcome host Lake City, 16-13. 

Lake City starting quarterback Chris Burnett took the Panthers on a 70-yard drive to begin the period, capped by a 33-yard touchdown pass to Nick Jones for the early lead.  Burnett made the team’s second possession count as well, moving the offense 84 yards in four plays.  A 40-yard completion to PJ Simmons and the ensuing extra point put Lake City ahead, 13-0, with just over two minutes remaining in the quarter.

With a regular season showdown looming with Hartsville next Friday, Panthers head coach Terrell Fleming opted to play mostly backups over the final 10 minutes. 

Hemingway took advantage with a 20-yard TD scramble by quarterback Darius Taylor, who hauled in the two-point pass from Troy Singletary.  The Tigers took over at their own 35-yard line with three minutes to go, but needed just three plays to find the end zone.  Taylor and Keyshawn Davis hooked up for a 35-yard score that sent the visitor sidelines into a frenzy.


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