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Warriors race past Knights

Posted: September 27, 2010 9:47 a.m.
Updated: September 27, 2010 9:37 a.m.

Sometimes, being in the right place at the right time is not the best place to be.

On two occasions, Friday night, the North Central defense seemingly had Indian Land quarterback Rondreas Truesdale hemmed in, only to see the Warriors’ signal caller pull a Houdini and get out of the jam. Not only that, but Truesdale turned both plays into touchdowns in helping his team ruin Homecoming in Boonetown with a 49-7 victory over the hosts.

The Knights closed the nonregion portion of their schedule with a 1-4 mark while the Warriors will head into conference
action with a perfect 5-0 ledger.

“Indian Land is pretty good,” said NC head coach Louis Clyburn following his team’s third straight loss. “For a big
(AA) school, though, they don't have many players. It will be interesting to see how they do in their region against people like Cheraw and Central.”

The Warriors raced to a 28-0 halftime advantage. The lone NC score came in the third quarter. The Knights received a five yard scoring run from Tavarus Porter, who was cleared to play Friday after having missed last week’s game.

The scoring run capped a march in which NC quarterback Grayson King hit Anthony Spinelli with a 20-yard screen pass. Zac Hall had a 20-yard run during the drive. Porter gained 53 yards on just 12 carries on a night in which the hosts rushed for 80 yards.

“We did not want to give Tavarus too many carries since he is just getting back and had not practice a lot here lately," Clyburn said. “We are starting to get some guys healthy, now, but they have missed a lot of practice time so, it’s not smooth, yet.”

Clyburn said he liked the way the 225-pound Hall ran with the ball and expects him to remain in the backfield. The same could not be said about Truesdale, who turned a pair of nothing plays into 60-yard scoring runs.

“We had him hemmed in twice. We had enough guys there waiting for him. But he ran back the other way, lost about 10 yards, but cut back for two touchdowns,” Clyburn said. “He is the best back we’ve seen all year.”

The guests also scored on a 50-yard run while taking advantage of short fields to score two other times after short NC punts.

“They big-played us,” Clyburn said. “We just never found a rhythm, except for that one scoring drive. That’s going to be our point of emphasis in practice this week ... finding our rhythm.”

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