Nighthawks join Classic

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Northern Guilford set for 2011 scrimmage at AJ

By Robert Howey



The eighth annual Founders Federal Kickoff Classic will have a new team with a familiar coach for the  2011 prep football scrimmage set for Aug. 19 at Andrew Jackson’s Volunteer Stadium.

The event, which features all four county high school football teams along with Fort Mill, Central of Pageland, Great Falls and McBee, has expanded to include Northern Guilford High School.

Northern Guilford (N.C.) is led by former Lancaster High School head football coach Johnny Roscoe.

Roscoe, entering his fifth season at Northern Guilford, guided the Bruins’ football program from 1985 to 2005, leading LHS to state championship game appearances in 1989 and 1990.

Last season, Roscoe, in guiding Northern Guilford to its first state football title, posted his 250th career win as a head coach.

The Nighthawks, capping a 14-2 season, topped N.C. prep power Crest High of Shelby, 21-20 to capture the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-AA state championship last season in Raleigh.

The Nighthawks will compete in two of the five games, which includes two 10-minute quarters.

NGHS faces Central of Pageland in the third game and then meets Fort Mill in the fourth game.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Roscoe said. “We always like to play at Andrew Jackson became it’s a good environment for football. The boosters at Andrew Jackson are supportive of their program.”

Roscoe added the two foes will be a challenge.

“Fort Mill and Central will give us two different looks,” Roscoe said. “Going against a defending state champion in Central Pageland will be a test. That’s a quality football program.

“We feel both the games will be a good chance to help us prepare for our opening game the following week,” he said.

Roscoe was unable to attend a planning meeting last Monday, but Flat Creek area residents Conrad Horton and Harold Gardner represented the Nighthawks at the meeting at JoMars Restaurant.

Play opens at Andrew Jackson as county foes Lancaster and Indian Land battle in their annual clash at 5:30 p.m.

Buford follows in the second game as it tests Great Falls at 6:30.

Northern Guilford, in the third game, tests defending Class AA state champion Central of Pageland at 7:30 and then meets Class AAA Fort Mill High in the fourth game at 8:30.

The nightcap, which is slated to begin at 9:30, has the host Vols meeting Class A foe McBee.

All phases of the kicking game will be live. Each team has one time out per half.

Tickets will be available at the schools for $5. Admission on game night is $6.

A spirit trophy will be presented to the top cheer squad.

A year ago, the Indian Land High cheerleaders, led by coach Mike LeRoy, won the annual cheerleader spirit competition.

The annual Spirit Award is given to the cheer squad which performs the best in building enthusiasm at the game.

Founders Federal Credit Union mascot Daniel the Spaniel will participate in a host of kids-related activities. 

Founders will also give out spirit items during the evening.

“What Founders does for this event is outstanding and helps the participating programs,” Roscoe said. “Founders has always been a major supporter of community events.”

A year ago at Lancaster Memorial Stadium, Andrew Jackson rallied to defeat McBee, 19-14, while Lancaster downed Indian Land, 14-0.

Buford blanked Fort Mill, 6-0. Central notched a 20-8 victory over Great Falls.