Monday, August 20, 2012
The two-a-days and scrimmages are over and its time to get under the lights and play some football that counts.
The 2012 high school season opens Aug. 24 for most Lowcountry teams and fans should be in for a treat as the competition promises to be as exciting as ever.
Two local teams are out to defend state championships.
Last year, Goose Creek ran through nearly everyone to finish at 14-1 and as the Division II-AAAA champ. Timberland went 14-1 and claimed the Division I-AA state championship.
The Gators return a skilled group, but will face stiff competition from fellow Region 7-AAAA teams. Stratford returns one of the area’s top quarterbacks and is looking to get back to the top of the region totem pole. Cane Bay joins the region for the first time and is out to prove it belongs in 4-A football.
The Region 8-AAAA teams also show promise this season. Ashley Ridge swept that region in 2011 en route to an appearance in the Division II-AAAA semifinals. But that didn’t set well with crosstown rivals Summerville and Fort Dorchester, who are both out to show their golden days aren’t over. They all face new challenges this season as Bluffton joins the region after making it all the way to the Class AAA state-title game in 2011.
Head Coach Art Craig’s Timberland squad will enter 2012 in a familiar position – with a target on its back. The Wolves have big shoes to fill, and plan on doing just that.
Berkeley moves down to AAA this season and does so with a much more experienced team than it fielded last year. Hanahan moves up to AAA ball with a veteran team.
Meanwhile, Cross is one of the favorites to win the Region 6-A crown this season.