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Kickoff Classic offers fun night

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By The Staff

Area football fans will get a major dose  of high school pigskin action tonight at Lancaster Memtorial Stadium.

The stadium, entering its 43rd season, will host wall-to-wall prep football starting at 6 p.m, when Andrew Jackson, under interim Volunteers’ coach David Moore, leads his team against Class A foe McBee High School in the seventh annual Founders Federal Credit Union Kickoff Classic.

Founders serves as the corporate sponsor, while The Lancaster News, Carolina Gateway and Carolina Shopper are the event’s media sponsors.

Following the AJ-McBee clash, Buford, the 2009 Classic host, will test Class AAA Fort Mill High. Central of Pageland and Great Falls, a jamboree newcomer, will meet in the third period.

The final period pits county foes Lancaster and Indian Land in a 9 p.m. clash.

In addition to the football, a spirit competition will be held among the cheer squads of the competing teams.

Between play, Founders will offer a variety of on-field games for youngsters. Spirit items will also be tossed out to the fans in the stands.

In a nutshell, there’s plenty for all.

That’s the intent of the Classic. Each county school has a chance to host and offers fans a chance to be part of a community event on a night all county teams look to in the preseason.

The Classic opened with Buford hosting the first two seasons, followed by Lancaster, AJ and then Indian Land.

BHS hosted for back-to-back seasons because facility upgrades at the Bruins’ stadium weren’t ready for the inaugural Classic and Buford entertained play in the second year of play.

Fans should come prepared to hunker down for  an evening of football, not to mention a variety of ballpark food prepared and offered by the Lancaster Bruins Booster Club.

“Each football season has a great deal of anticipation because each team is starting new,” LHS athletics director Mark Strickland. “We want all of the fans to have a good time tonight, and a good idea is to buy advance tickets at the participating school to get a dollar savings on each ticket and avoid long lines at the stadium.”

The focal point of play tonight is our youth, the players and cheerleaders. Supporting them is what this event is all about.

The scoreboard might say different during play tonight, but, overall, it’s a win-win situation.

We urge you and your family to come out for football fun.

See you at the stadium.