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AJ, Buford in Camden; Bruins play at Chester

By Robert Howey

 

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Lancaster County teams will be moving into the jamboree portion of the preseason tonight – Friday, Aug. 15 – with three squads in action at two locales.

Region IV-AA foes Andrew Jackson and Buford will play in the annual Camden Shrine Jamboree at Camden’s Zemp Stadium.

Lancaster will venture west to play in the Chester Jamboree at Chester High School, where Lancaster will play later this season when the Bruins battle the CHS Cyclones.

Lancaster faces Rock Hill at 8 p.m. in the Chester Jamboree.

Indian Land, which had its final scrimmage Thursday vs. Airport High of Columbia, is idle tonight for jamboree.

Lancaster

Lancaster High School first year coach Bobby Collins said he was pleased with the Bruins first scrimmage with the Ardrey Kell Knights on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

“I thought we competed well and we came away with no injuries, so that was a plus,” LHS coach Bobby Collins said. “This was our first time to go against another team and I felt we responded pretty well. I thought we ran the ball well and our defense got to the ball real well.

“We had a few dropped passes, but those are areas we can work on,” he said.

Collins said the Bruins’ battle with Rock Hill will be a test.

“I’m excited about facing Rock Hill as it will be a battle of two first-year head coaches, myself and coach Bubba Pittman.

“I know they beat us last season, so I’m hoping we’ve made some strides since then,” he said. “Rock Hill is a quality football program and I know it will be a good test for us in the Chester jamboree.”

Lancaster will host the Founders Kickoff Classic, a scrimmage set for Friday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m.

Lancaster faces Buford and Indian Land during the scrimmage Aug. 22.

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson High School head coach David Moore said the Volunteers had mixed results with their scrimmage with the host Lewisville Lions in Richburg on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

“We had some pluses and some minuses out there, a typical first scrimmage,” Moore said. “We competed and made some strides, but we still have some areas we need to work on as we move forward in the preseason.”

AJ faced Lewisville in its first scrimmage after the Vols’ scheduled scrimmage at Crestwood High School in Sumter County was rained out last Friday, Aug. 8.

“I’ll be looking to see how much we improve from the first scrimmage to the jamboree on Friday,” Moore said. “Overall, the effort was good and we will keep working to make progress.”

AJ opens play in the Camden Shrine Jamboree tonight when the Vols play Lee Central High of Bishopville at 6:30 p.m.

“That will be a good test for us and it will help us with our younger players in game-like situations.”

The Vols will play in the annual Founders Kickoff Classic, a scrimmage among county teams, on Friday, Aug. 22 at Lancaster Memorial Stadium.

Buford

Buford coach Tripp Watts said the Jackets battle with North Central in the Camden Shrine Jamboree will be a good challenge.

“North Central is a pretty good team and we look forward to playing under game-type conditions,” Watts said. “North Central is a good, solid test for our guys.”

Buford scrimmaged Whitmire and McBee in a three-way scrimmage on Wednesday, Aug. 13 after it was rained out on Tuesday.

“I thought we made a few steps forward overall,” Watts said. “Our goal is to get better each time we take the field. I hope we can continue with that on Friday.

“North Central is going to be a good test,” Watts said. “North Central gives you a few spread looks and they run the ball pretty well. It will be a challenge and I hope we respond in a good way.”

BHS will host its annual Meet the Jackets on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Our community has rallied around our team, especially during camp week last week, so we’re looking forward to that on Saturday,” Watts said. “I’m looking forward to a good turnout from our community.”

The Jackets will play in the Founders Kickoff Classic on Friday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m.

Indian Land

Indian Land coach Mike Mayer said the Warriors were able to get in 90 minutes in a three-way scrimmage with Fort Mill and Great Falls on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at the Reservation.

“The first part of the scrimmage was devoted to all phases of the kicking game in live action and I felt we were the best of the three teams,” Mayer said.

Shea Rodgers, Indian Land High’s senior punter and place-kicker, had a solid day, Mayer noted.

“His hang time on his punts was pretty impressive,” Mayer said. “Shea is continuing where he left off last season and that’s a real plus for our team. We’re looking for a good season from him.”

Mayer said the Warriors weren’t as sharp as they were in their scrimmage opener at C.A. Johnson of Columbia on Friday, Aug. 8.

“I didn’t think we tackled as well as we did against C.A. Johnson and we didn’t execute our stunts as well as we have,” Mayer said. “We’re ahead of where we were at this time last season, but not where we want to be, but I feel we’re getting there.”

Indian Land caps preseason play with its participation in the Founders Kickoff Classic at Lancaster Memorial Stadium on Friday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m.