Rain impacts scrimmages

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County Prep Football

By Robert Howey







For the 2011 Lancaster County prep football scrimmage openers on Friday, it was more like dodge ball instead of football.

A trio of county high school teams, in their first scrimmage sessions, was trying to dodge the rain late Friday afternoon into the evening.

Lancaster’s three-way scrimmage with Chesterfield and Lee Central at CHS was delayed by lightning and hindered by rain at times.

Andrew Jackson’s scrimmage at Lewisville with the Lions was delayed by rain as well.

Buford, for the second straight season, was unable to get any scrimmage action completed with a rainout at Columbia High School where Buford was slated to face the host Capitols and Ridge Spring-Monetta.

A year ago, Buford was part of the same senario as the Jackets ventured to Columbia and saw action in a handful of plays before the scrimmage was rained out. This year, the action never started.

“Before we left, we called Columbia and we looked at the radar and we could see where there were areas of clearing, so we felt we would be OK,” said BHS assistant Wes James, who guided the Jackets’ team in head coach Mike Wells’ absence.

Wells was unable to attend the scrimmage due to a family commitment with the death of his mother-in-law.

“When we got to Columbia, the bottom fell out and we  turned around and headed home,”

James said BHS will scrimmage again Wednesday at 6 p.m. when it travels to Chesterfield High School.

The scrimmage was originally set for Tuesday, but moved ahead to Wednesday.

Buford plays in the Camden Shrine Jamboree on Friday when the Jackets open play with Class A foe North Central.

Lancaster also was impacted by the weather in the Bruins’ three-way scrimmage with the Rams and Lee Central.

Once play began, LHS coach Bennie McMurray said the Bruins had a positive outing.

“Over the last few years in our first scrimmage, it has taken us a while to get started on offense, but I felt we came out and had a good start to set the tone for the evening,” he said. “This was the first time against an opponent and I thought we did well.

“This was a good early season test for us and we hope to build on that,” McMurray said.

He added the Bruins’ four days in camp at Camp Bob Cooper was a plus.

“It was a chance for the players and coaches to bond and we felt it was positive,” he said. “It was all football, but we kept a close eye on the heat. To handle the heat, we practiced early in the morning and sometimes late at night. I think our coaches did a good job of getting our players in condition over the summer.”

Lancaster plays in the Chester Jamboree on Friday night when the Bruins face Fairfield Central. LHS also plays in the Battle on the Border Jamboree at Fort Mill High School on Saturday when the Bruins test Myers Park High of Charlotte.

Indian Land opens the jamboree play at Fort Mill where the Warriors face Harding of Charlotte.

IL opens its scrimmage schedule Tuesday when it hosts Class A Lewisville at the Reservation.

Andrew Jackson coach David Moore said the Vols did well in their scrimmage at Lewisville on Friday.

“For our opening scrimmage, I thought we did well,” Moore said. “We had some good runs out there and on defense, I thought we were flying to the football.

“We have work to do, but for our first scrimmage, we had a good start,” Moore said.

The Vols venture to McBee on Tuesday to face the Class A Panthers at 6 p.m.

AJ meets Lugoff-Elgin in the annual Camden Shrine Jamboree on Friday.

The Vols host the eighth annual Founders Kickoff Classic on Aug. 19.

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 High School of Pageland at 7:30 and then meets Class AAA Fort Mill High School 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.