BY DENNIS BRUNSON firstname.lastname@example.org
When asked whether his team was excited to be playing the final 2-quarter scrimmage in the 38th Annual Sumter Sertoma Football Jamboree on Friday at Memorial Stadium, Lee Central High School head coach Justin Danner responded in the affirmative.
However, the anticipation wasn’t there because the Stallions would be taking on Lakewood immediately following a matchup between 3-time defending state champion Dutch Fork and Sumter High that should likely leave a big crowd viewing the contest. No, Danner said his players were happy because they weren’t playing the first scrimmage.
“We were the first scrimmage (also against Lakewood) last year, and the heat was brutal,” Danner said. “We had to wait an hour before we could play (because the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature Monitoring) because of the heat.
“When I told our guys we were playing the last one, they were excited,” Danner added. “They said we don’t have to sit around and wait; we can just play.”
Lee Central may not have to sit around Memorial Stadium and wait to play, but its scheduled 9 p.m. start could easily be delayed. That’s because of a 40% chance of afternoon thunderstorms as well as a forecasted high temperature of 92 degrees.
Crestwood and Irmo are scheduled to play the first scrimmage beginning at 7 p.m., again assuming the weather doesn’t wreak havoc. The Gamecocks and Dutch Fork as scheduled to start at 8.
The scrimmages will
consist of two 12-minute quarters. The entire scrimmage will be live, including special teams. Each team will get three timeouts, and there will be no overtime.
Crestwood, coming off on a 2-9 season, will be taking on an Irmo team that went 5-5 last year.
Dutch Fork is one of the top programs in the country as it is ranked in the top 25 in several national polls. The Silver Foxes are 41-1 over the past three years and on a 25-game winning streak.
Dutch Fork opens its season at home on Aug. 23 against Mallard Creek out of North Carolina in a game that will be televised on ESPN2.
Sumter, which went 10-1 last season, opens its season on the road against Rock Hill on Aug. 23.
Lee Central went 2-8, while Lakewood went 3-6 last season.
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