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Teams set for jamborees

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BHS, AJ play in Camden; LHS set for Chester jam

By Robert Howey

 

Lancaster County high school football teams launch jamboree play with the four teams playing in three different jamborees this weekend.

Buford and Andrew Jackson will play in the annual Camden Shrine Jamboree at Camden’s Zemp Stadium tonight.

Lancaster ventures to Chester where the Bruins will battle the host Cyclones at 8:15.

Indian Land will play in the Battle of the Border Jamboree at Fort Mill High School where the Warriors open play against the Nation Ford Falcons on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Buford kicks off play at Camden as the Jackets tackle the North Central Knights at 6:30 p.m.

“This will be a good match-up for us,” BHS coach Mike Wells said. “North Central is a Class AA school similar in size to us, so I feel we will be close in matching up with them.

“They are a team which we’ve played in the past and in the future because they will be in our region next year with the new realignment.”

Wells said the Jackets fared better in their home scrimmage with McBee and Whitmire on Tuesday night.

“We made some progress and showed some improvement,” Wells said. “I hope we can continue to make strides with our team.

“The biggest factor with this jamboree is that our young guys are going to gain some key game-like experience with the crowd, clock and competition. I hope we can do a better job of protecting the football, an area where we had some trouble on Tuesday.”

Andrew Jackson will battle Class AAAA foe Lugoff-Elgin in the second contest after Buford’s two periods against NCHS. AJ coach David Moore said the Vols should play at 7 p.m. or shortly afterward.

“Lugoff is going to be a test, but we play a tough schedule and this is only going to help us as we prepare for the season,” Moore said. “They are a Class AAAA team and we open with a Class AAAA team in Lancaster, so it will help prepare us. The chance to play under game-like conditions is what we need because we have our share of inexperience, but this should help us in that area.”

Moore said the Vols fared well in their scrimmage with host Lee Central of Bishopville and Keenan High of Columbia on Tuesday.

“Those schools are more in line with the majority of the teams we will play during the season,” Moore said. “I thought we did well and made some improvement in our play. I feel our younger players are coming around and showing signs of getting better. We just want to be a better team each time we come off the field.”

Lancaster will return to Chester tonight after playing in a four-way scrimmage with the Cyclones, Westwood and West Meck on Tuesday.

“Chester has a solid football team and we saw that Tuesday, but what we’re looking for tonight is improvement in our team,” Lancaster coach Bennie McMurray. “We made some mistakes in the scrimmage, but we’ve worked on those and we want to see what we’ve learned from our miscues.

“The experience is going to help us because we need to work under game conditions to continue to work out the kinks,” McMurray said.

The Indian Land Warriors are hoping to take another “step forward” Saturday night when they face the Nation Ford Falcons in the Battle of the Border Jamboree.

“This will be another chance to make progress and get better as we prepare for the season,” IL coach Mike Mayer said. “I feel like Nation Ford will be a good test for us.”

Mayer said the Warriors’ play was encouraging in a scrimmage with North Central on Tuesday.

“We did better,” Mayer said. “Our running attack was more successful and we had two goal-line stands, so we hope to build on that success as we move ahead.”