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Classic caps jamboree play

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By Robert Howey

Tonight’s the last night it doesn’t count.Well, at least on the scoreboard.County teams will be in their final tune-ups as the 2008 prep football season draws near.The focus will be on Indian Land’s Warrior Stadium where the annual Founders Federal Credit Union Kickoff Classic will be played tonight.Andrew Jackson opens play as the Vols battle Class AAAA foe Fort Mill in the jamboree opener at 6:30 p.m.Buford follows as the Jackets tackle Class AA opponent Central of Pageland at 7:30.The night’s action closes with the host Warriors, in their first home clash in the jamboree, meeting Lancaster at 8:30.“We’re ready to go,” Indian Land coach and athletic director Mike Mayer said. “There’s been a lot of work in this and I know our fans, community and team are excited. We expect a good crowd and if we can get a little help with the weather, a clear night, that will be fine, too.”The opener has AJ battling the FMHS Jackets.“This will be another good game-type situation where we can get a good look at our players,” AJ coach Louis Clyburn said. “Fort Mill will be a good test for us. too.”A week ago in the Camden Shrine Jamboree, the Vols and Buford Yellow Jackets battled to a scoreless draw.“We felt our defense played well, but we had too many penalties and dropped too many balls,” Clyburn said. “I’d like to see us improve in that area.”Buford’s meeting with Central marks the second meeting between the Eagles and Jackets this week. The teams met in a game-type scrimmage with CHS prevailing on Tuesday.“Central is an outstanding team with its share of veteran players,” Buford coach Mike Wells said. “It’s an experienced team with speed and strength.“This is our last warm-up before our opener, so we want to make some strides and build momentum,” Wells said. “Our kids played hard out there and we took a good look at a lot of people.“It was good for some of our younger guys to gain some experience,” he said.The night caps with Indian Land battling Lancaster, which has won three of four meetings in the jamboree.“This is our last tune-up, so we want to be solidifying some areas where we have some questions,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said. “What we need is all 11 of our guys working together. We need to be more consistent out there.”LHS scrimmaged at Butler of Charlotte on Wednesday night.“Overall, our effort was better and our younger players did well, but we need all of them playing well,” McMurray said. “We’re looking forward to this because the county spotlight is on us and it’s good for the community with all four teams involved in one place.”Mike Mayer, who saw his team fall to Nation Ford of Fort Mill 28-0 in the Rock Hill jamboree last week, is hoping for better results tonight.“We’re a better football team than we showed last week in Rock Hill and I want us to go out and play like that tonight,” he said. “We need to play well and build some momentum as we head into our week of preparation for the opening game at Buford.”