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If you’re a high school football fanatic, then make plans to be at Andrew Jackson High School’s Volunteer Stadium tonight.
The annual Founders Federal Kickoff Classic, a prep football jamboree, will feature wall-to-wall football.
The scrimmage is the only time during the high school season that a fan can see all four county football teams in action at one site.
That’s special, but only a part of the gridiron play.
In addition to the four county schools, the action includes Central, Great Falls, Fort Mill and McBee, along with event newcomer, N.C. entry Northern Guilford High School.
NGHS is new to the scrimmage field, but not the Nighthawks coach. He, of course, is Johnny Roscoe, who built a prep football power at Lancaster High School during his 20 seasons guiding the Bruins.
Roscoe has proven he also has the touch in the Tar Heel State, molding the Nighthawks into a force in N.C. prep football.
Northern Guilford is coming off a state championship campaign.
The game marks Roscoe’s first appearance in Lancaster County with the Nighthawks since he coached his last game at LHS.
Northern Guilford will play twice in the action as it faces Class AA defending champion Central of Pageland in the third period and Class AAA foe Fort Mill in the fourth quarter.
Play opens with a bang as county foes Lancaster and Indian Land battle when play kicks off at 5:30 p.m. The Bruins’ battle with the Warriors is interesting since it pits the county’s largest high school, LHS, against the second-largest in IL.
Both teams sport talented quarterbacks in IL’s Rondreas Truesdale and Shaq Williams of Lancaster. Look for some fireworks there.
Second-period play at 6:30 p.m. has old foes Great Falls and Buford doing battle. That contest will also draw plenty of attention.
Northern Guilford follows with its two periods of play against Central and Fort Mill.
The night winds to a close as the host AJ Vols face McBee at 9:30 p.m.
In addition to the football, there will be plenty of festivities, including a cheer squad spirit competition. Founders will also offer games for the youngsters.
And what’s a football game without ballpark food? There will be plenty of choices of fare as well.
The theme behind this event from its inception was to rotate play among the four county schools and tonight Andrew Jackson takes center stage.
No doubt, the folks in “Big Orange Country” will roll out, the orange carpet, in welcoming fans from across the area.
The Vols’ fans are known for their support and spirit, so it will be crackerjack atmosphere. Since a large crowd is expected, we urge fans to buy tickets, $5 each, at one of the schools today. That way you save a buck and avoid waiting in line.
The jamboree sports all you could want on a high school football night.
Hope you plan to be a part of the action.