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Classic ushers in football season

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If you’re ready for some football, there will be plenty of it today, Aug. 23, at the annual Founders Kickoff Classic, a scrimmage involving all four county schools, at Buford High School’s Jackets Stadium.
Action opens with Central High School of Pageland playing Fort Mill High School at 6 p.m. Next up is Andrew Jackson High School against McBee High School at 6:45 p.m. The third period features Lancaster High School facing Indian Land High School at 7:30 p.m. Host Buford caps play with a battle with Lancaster at 8:15 p.m.
The jamboree, the final tuneup before the openers Aug. 30, is the only place fans can see all four county teams at one time.
The scrimmage rotates among the four county schools each year and the 2013 Classic is now back where it began.
That’s a plus as each county school is able to host and showcase its campus.
As we said, there will  be plenty of football, as well as all the other facets of high school football.
Cheerleaders will be boosting the spirit and they will have an extra incentive since Classic officials will honor the squad that displays the most spirit during the event.
And don’t forget about the bands.
How about food? Well, we’ll just say your personal game plan should be to be hungry when you arrive.
The Buford High booster club will be serving up plenty of ballpark food for hungry fans.
We urge fans to come out and support the teams.
These players, coaches and cheerleaders have been hard at work preparing for the new season.
Funds raised at the Classic will stay in the community and will be used to boost the participating schools.
The action today has an encore for Saturday when the second annual Bear Hug Brawl will be played Saturday at Buford High School.
The event is held in memory of former Buford High junior varsity football player Seth Muennich, who died a few seasons back in an auto accident.
The junior varsity football jamboree features all four county schools’ junior varsity teams and their
cheerleaders.
Funds raised benefit Seth’s Giving Tree, a foundation begun to help county youth and honor Seth’s memory.
Like the Classic tonight, it should be a lot of fun.
The same elements of football and food will be served up for those attending. A new feature at the Bear Hug Brawl is a school supply drive to help area students.
We hope to see you tonight and Saturday at Buford to kick off the new prep football season.