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Prep football roundup

By Robert Howey

 

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County high school football practice is in full swing as the preseason camps, in preparation for the 2011 season, are open with plenty of activity.

Lancaster and Buford kicked off drills Friday, while Indian Land and Andrew Jackson launched their opening practices Monday.

Teams are gearing for their 2011 openers three weeks from Friday when AJ hosts Lancaster and Indian Land travels to Buford.

Following is a breakdown from each team’s camp.

Andrew Jackson

Coach David Moore has 45 Volunteers players in camp this week when practice opened Monday at AJ.

The 2011 season marks Moore’s first as full-time head coach after serving as the AJ interim last season.

“Things are going pretty good for us,” said Moore, who along with the rest of the AJ staff timed the players in the 40-yard dash and also held weight sessions Monday. “Hopefully, we will pick up some more players.

“The ones here we’re happy with,” Moore said. “It’s a lot better than last year, and we’re stressing being more team oriented.”

The Vols’ opening scrimmage is set for Friday when the Vols visits Lewisville at 6 p.m.

AJ will play in the annual Camden Shrine Jamboree on Aug. 12 when it faces Lugoff-Elgin.

The Vols host the Founders Football Classic on Aug. 19.

Buford

The Yellow Jackets of coach Mike Wells are working with 44 players in camp this week.

BHS practiced Friday and Saturday and then began its two-a-day practices Monday.

“Our players are working hard and the effort has been good,” Wells said. “We don’t have the numbers and we’re pretty thin in some places, but we’re working with what we have.

“We still have a few more we should pick up this week,” Wells said.

Buford’s opening scrimmage is Friday when the Jackets travel to Columbia to face the host CHS Caps and Ridge Spring-Monetta at 5:30 p.m.

The Jackets play in the Camden Shrine Jamboree at Zemp Stadium on Aug. 12 when BHS faces Class A foe North Central.

Buford faces Great Falls in the Founders Kickoff Classic on Aug. 19 at AJ.

Indian Land

Warriors’ head coach Mike Mayer was pleased with the Indian Land turnout as IL is working with 60 players in camp which opened Monday.

The 60 players include junior varsity and varsity players.

“I’m figuring we will have 28 players on the varsity this season,” Mayer said. “That number will probably vary with our eight-quarter guys.

“We’ve been focusing on conditioning, but we will know more about our team after we put on the pads Thursday,” Mayer said.

The Warriors’ opening scrimmage is Tuesday when Indian Land hosts Class A foe Lewisville at 6 p.m.

Indian Land plays in the Battle on the Border Jamboree at Fort Mill High School on Aug. 13 when it faces Harding of Charlotte at 5:30 p.m.

The Warriors play Lancaster in the Founders Football Classic on Aug. 19 at AJ High’s Volunteer Stadium.

Lancaster

The Bruins departed Monday afternoon for camp at Camp Bob Cooper in Summerton where LHS will practice until Thursday.

“Camp will tell us a good deal about our team,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said. “I feel we’re working hard and on schedule for where we need to be at this point.

The Bruins feature 100 players, which includes the LHS varsity, junior varsity and B-team.

“Conditioning is the key,” McMurray said. “We will keep a close eye on the practices with the heat.”

Lancaster opens its jamboree schedule, facing Fairfield Central of Winnsboro in Chester on Aug. 12.

LHS meets Myers Park in the Battle on the Border Jamboree at Fort Mill High on Aug. 13.

The Bruins play Indian Land in the Founders Kickoff Classic on Aug. 19 at AJ.