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Lancaster County high school football coaches will have a good idea where their respective teams stand after today.
Teams, in accordance to S.C. High School League rules, launched contact drills at mid-week.
Teams can have their first official scrimmage today, and all four county teams plan to be in action on the road.
Lancaster High School hits the road for a scrimmage with Class AA foe Chesterfield High School at 6 p.m.
Georgetown High School was slated to be part of the scrimmage at CHS, but will not attend.
“I think we will know more about our team after this scrimmage at Chesterfield and on Monday when we go to Chester for a scrimmage with the Cyclones, Westwood and West Mecklenburg,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said. “I look for a good session at both places. It will be good to hit somebody else and see where we stand at this point. Our camp has gone well and our players are responding.”
Buford will travel as the Jackets venture to the Midlands for a 6 p.m. scrimmage which will include Batesburg-Leesville and Columbia.
“This scrimmage will be a good test for us because Batesburg-Leesville and Columbia are top 15 teams in the state Class AA state football poll,” Buford High coach Mike Wells said. “This will be a challenge, but going against quality teams will only make you better in the long run.”
Andrew Jackson takes the bus to Sumter County to challenge Crestwood High School in a four-way scrimmage with the host Knights and Fort Mill and Lower Richland.
Action is slated to begin at 6 p.m. at Crestwood.
“That’s a good field of teams and I think it will give us a good idea where we are now,” AJ coach David Moore said.
AJ hosted its annual Meet the Vols on Thursday afternoon.
“That’s a good event where our community comes together to build support for our fall sports teams,” Moore said.
Indian Land goes to Prosperity to face Mid-Carolina High School in a scrimmage which begins at 5 p.m.
“We’re working in some young lineman and this test is going to help them see how they stand,” Indian Land coach Mike Mayer said. “We’ve had some good practices and we need to see just where we are in the preseason. It should be a good early gauge.”
Teams will continue their scrimmage schedule next week.
County teams will also be in jamboree play.
Buford and Andrew Jackson will play in the annual Camden Shrine Jamboree at Camden’s Zemp Stadium on Friday, Aug. 16.
Buford opens play as the Jackets battle Class AA opponent North Central.
Andrew Jackson will follow as the Volunteers take on Lugoff-Elgin.
The nightcap has host Camden meeting Crestwood of Sumter.
Lancaster will play in the annual Chester Jamboree at Chester on Friday, Aug. 16 at 8:15.
LHS will battle Class AAA foe Chester High School.
On Saturday, Aug. 17, the Indian Land Warriors will play in the Battle of the Border Jamboree at Fort Mill High School.
The Warriors open play as they face Nation Ford High School.
Fort Mill and Weddington will tangle in the second period.
County prep football openers are set for three weeks from today – Friday, Aug. 30 – when Andrew Jackson hosts Lancaster and Buford will be at home to battle Indian Land. The opening kickoffs are set for 7:30 p.m.