Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The summer countdown clock to the start of football practice expired last week and now a new clock ticking off the time until the start of the 2013 season has reached about 10 days and change.
Teams began taking part in live action scrimmages this week as Berkeley traveled to Wando, Timberland visited Cane Bay, and Cross went west to play Woodland. This week the scrimmages continue as Berkeley and Goose Creek renew their longstanding rivalry, and Cross hosts scrimmages against Whale Branch.
This week St. John’s Christian Academy joins the fray as the revamped Cavs travel to Cathedral for the team’s first scrimmage under new coach Matt Gilbert.
“We’re in the process of introducing the game of football to many of our players as several of them have never played before,” Gilbert said during the first week of practice. “But these are smart kids and they learn quickly, and they’re good athletes. The scrimmage with Cathedral will give us a good indication as to where we are in the process and what we need to work on to get ready for the regular season.”
On Friday Timberland’s young Wolves had to wait for a sudden rain shower to pass before lining up against Cane Bay for their first chance to knock shoulder pads.
Cross faced Woodland in a physical debut for the new-look Trojans.
“Our scrimmage with Woodland was as physical as I have seen us play since my first year here,” said Coach Shaun Wright. “On offense we started off slow but as the scrimmage went on I thought we looked sharp during our running game.”
Berkeley traveled to Wando on Friday night to face-off with its old Region 8-AAAA foe Wando.
“It’s good to get that first scrimmage out of the way,” said Stags Coach Jeff Cruce. “We’re working hard to get ready for Stratford on Aug. 30.
“This is the happiest I’ve been over a scrimmage we’ve had since I’ve been here. We rushed for 240 yards and accumulated more than 300 yards of total offense in the game. It’s good to get the kids in live game situations and they showed a lot during the scrimmage with Wando.”
Timberland and Cane Bay waited through a sudden morning shower to get their scrimmage in despite the heavy humidity and high heat. Coach Art Craig was pleased with his team’s overall effort but there is still much to be done before their season opener against Manning on Aug. 23.
“I thought we did some good things … defensively, we were solid at most positions. On offense our receivers caught the ball well and our running backs ran hard.”
The 2013 season begins for most area teams with this year’s Sertoma Classic at Johnson – Hagood Stadium in Charleston on Aug. 22-23. For Timberland and Cross, their regular season begins that Friday night as Timberland hosts Manning and Cross travels to Kingstree.