Warrior Stadium in spotlight tonight

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By The Staff

Indian Land High School’s Warrior Stadium takes center stage tonight.

The IL arena will serve as host for the annual Founders Federal Credit Union Kickoff Classic.

In addition to Founders, The Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway serve as media sponsors for the game.

All four county teams will be involved in the jamboree, which likely will draw the largest crowd to ever see an athletic event at the county’s smallest high school.

Folks at Indian Land High School and the Panhandle area have been working to have their campus and stadium looking plush for their big night.

Some folks in the county might not have ever been to Warrior Stadium, so it’s a chance to visit and also get a look at the new and upgraded schools around the stadium.

With the inception of the jamboree, Classic organizers planned the event to rotate annually among the four county schools.

Buford High School hosted for two straight years, followed by Lancaster, and last season, Andrew Jackson. The reason for Buford serving as host in back-to-back years was because Lancaster High School was scheduled to host the jamboree the second year, but facility upgrades at Memorial Stadium weren’t complete, so BHS hosted it again.

Lancaster then had its turn, with Andrew Jackson following and Indian Land in the host role tonight.

Play opens with Andrew Jackson meeting Fort Mill at 6:30. Buford battles Central High School of Pageland in the second period at 7:30.

The evening’s finale has the host Warriors meeting Lancaster in their annual contest at 8:30.

Each game will feature two 12-minute quarters. With Fort Mill High School coming from neighboring York County, seats might be tough to find.

We hope so, because funds raised will benefit all the participating schools once game expenses are paid.

The focus will be on the football field, but the schools’ cheerleaders will also be in the spotlight tonight.

A spirit award will be presented to one cheer squad tonight. A year ago, coach Julie Thompson’s Buford High School squad won the award and the Jackets’ cheerleaders used the early-season momentum to win the Class A-AA Lower State title and place third in the state cheer competition.

Founders will have a host of on-field events for youngsters between games and spirit items will also be tossed out to the crowd.

If you plan to eat before the game, don’t. The Indian Land Boosters will provide concessions and barbecue will also be sold.

Football, food and fun.

Sounds like a winning combination for Lancaster County, no matter what the scoreboard says.

We hope to see you there.