Rotating hosts good for Classic

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By The Staff

The county’s Panhandle will be the center piece for the annual Founders Kickoff Classic this season.

Indian Land High School will be the host for the high school football jamboree, in its fifth season on Aug. 22.

That may seem like a ways away, but plans are already being made for the Warriors’ time to host the prep football kickoff event.

When the Kickoff Classic was in its planning stage a few years back, the idea was to have each county school serve as a host on a rotating basis.

Buford High School drew the opening assignment and the Jackets followed for a second year due to some unforeseen circumstances.

Lancaster High School was scheduled to host the second jamboree, but at that time LHS’s Memorial Stadium was undergoing some major upgrades and renovations which weren’t complete until after the jamboree was played. Buford’s renovations at Jacket Stadium were done so BHS took on the host role for a second straight season.

Lancaster High then hosted the third jamboree, with Andrew Jackson High as the home team last summer.

This time, the Warriors will have their coveted shot at the school’s football facility.

Plans call for three games with each going for about a half. The 2008 jamboree also features a new entry as Fort Mill High School was invited to the tussle when Lewisville High School had to withdraw since the Lions were opening their season on the same night.

Fort Mill, in the Warriors’ back yard, was a natural draw with its close proximity.

The FM Yellow Jackets open play as they meet Andrew Jackson at 6:30 p.m. Buford follows with a clash with Central High School of Pageland at 7:30, with host IL meeting Lancaster at 8:30.

Indian Land High School athletic officials say the school’s booster club is working to again make the contest a quality event.

There will be something for all, including inflatables and games for the youngsters between each gridiron battle. A spirit trophy, won last year by the Buford High varsity squad, will be presented and of course, there will be loads of football.

The IL boosters are also planning to have plenty of food and cold drinks available.

Quite likely, this event may draw the largest crowd ever at IL’s Warrior Stadium. We certainly hope so.

Sounds like another winning night for county football, no matter the score.

We also applaud event officials for giving each school a chance to serve as host and to showcase their school and community.

It’s just a special way to bring us all together in a different location for the county’s common good.