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Grid history at fifth Classic

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By Robert Howey

The fifth Kickoff Classic had a twist of history Friday night in the Panhandle. The game marked the first time Indian Land High School had served as host.

The Classic annually features a battle of the IL Warriors, the county’s smallest school, and Class AAAA Lancaster. The clash marked the first time Lancaster High had played at IL’s Warrior Stadium.In five Classic clashes, the Warriors are 1-4 with the Bruins, who posted a 23-0 win over IL to cap play Friday night.The Warriors have adopted “The Reservation” for the stadium’s new nickname. When IL hosts Class AA Central of Pageland on Sept. 12, the Catawba Indians will participate in a ceremony to officially nickname the facility.

Game reunionIndian Land High principal Kathy Faris had somewhat of a reunion Friday night. New AJ coach Louis Clyburn is a Camden High graduate. When Clyburn played for the Bulldogs where he earned recognition as a star lineman, Faris was a Bulldogs’ coach, leading the CHS cheer squad.The Vols and Warriors meet at IL’s “Reservation” on Sept. 19.

AJ spirit winsThe Andrew Jackson Volunteers’ football team dropped a 21-7 loss to Class AAAA foe Fort Mill in the jamboree opener, but later in the game, the Vols had something to cheer about.The AJ cheer squad, led by new coach Courtney Pardue, was presented the jamboree’s spirit trophy. The award goes to the cheer team which shows the most spirit during the jamboree.A year ago at AJ, the jamboree spirit honor went to the Buford squad, which used the momentum to win a first-ever Class A-AA Lower State title and place third in the state competition.

Lite momentFootball sidelines can be as intense as you want, but during a sequence of the Lancaster-Indian Land clash, Bruins’ veteran coach Bennie McMurray produced some smiles. The Bruins were whistled for lining up offsides and as usual, the LHS coaches asked what jersey number was the guilty party.The official informed McMurray it was three players on the left side of the LHS offensive line. McMurray, noting the players in question were those of girth, asked with a smile if it was their bellies or hands which were offsides.The grinning official, assured McMurray it was the players’ hands.

Official startThe Lancaster County prep football season kicks off Friday night with two games about 12 miles apart. Lancaster hosts the up-tempo Volunteers of coach Louis Clyburn. Out at Buford High, Mike Wells’ Jackets face Indian Land. Each game kicks off at 7:30.