Wednesday, August 21, 2013
It’s time to play some football.
The 2013 football season kicks off on Friday with Timberland and Cross among area teams playing games in Week 0.
Berkeley, Cane Bay, Summerville and Goose Creek are taking part in this year’s Sertoma Classic on Thursday and Friday, with the Stags and Gators squaring off for a two-quarter scrimmage in the Friday finale at The Citadel’s Johnson-Hagood Stadium.
Stag fans hope Berkeley fares better than their game-live scrimmage last week. Capitalizing on four interception returns and two blocked punts the Gators won 61-0.
“It was awful,” said BHS Coach Jeff Cruce. “They beat us for sure, but we made them look better than what they actually were by how poorly we played.”
Cruce said the game was as ugly as the score indicated.
“We played about as bad as we could play,” he said. “It was embarrassing how we played. Since that time though, we rebounded well, we practiced well. We’re looking forward to seeing how we’ve learned from that game and finding out where we are when we play them a second time.
“We hope to give them a better game.”
For Timberland and Cross, the waiting game is over. Their regular season begins on Friday. The Wolves open at home against Manning and the Trojans take to the road to take on Kingstree.
The Trojans have wrapped up their pre-season schedule and are now preparing for Friday’s trip to Kingstree to take on the Jaguars. Coach Shaun Wright said his team is playing with a mission.
“They want to repeat for Coach Simmons,” he said. “We want to win to defend our state championship, but we also want to do this for Coach Simmons. These kids are focused and they are ready.”
Wright called off the pre-season’s final scrimmage game to let his players heal from some nagging summer injuries.
“We have no depth and that worries me in the event someone goes down. We have the players but there’s no one behind them.”
Wright has the most dynamic backfield in the state at any classification in 2012 All-State backs Devontae Shepherd, Dionte Evans and Diamonte Evans. Their words are few, but their mission is crystal clear.
“We want to go back,” Devontae Shepherd said.
“For coach,” Diamonte Evans finished, with a fist to the heart and a nod toward the sky.
The journey starts Friday.
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