Ashley Ridge coach Kenny Walker says the Swamp Fox football team is having a productive preseason.
I think our scrimmages went well this year, Walker said. In the past the weather has usually not cooperated but this year we were able to get all three of them in. I feel we have improved in each scrimmage and a lot of our younger players gained valuable playing experience. I was pleased with the progress in our special teams as well.
Ashley Ridge returns only five starters on defense so this preseason provided valuable time for coaches to move players into slots on that side of the ball.
The team also lost some dynamic kick returners. The Swamp Foxes have some promising replacements for the kick returners lost, but know their entire special teams units will need to be in tune in order to match the success the team had in that department last season.
Ashley Ridge scrimmaged Conway, Bamberg-Ehrhardt and Colleton County this month and wrapped up its preseason scrimmages Friday.
The next time the team dresses out, it will be for a game that counts. The Swamp Foxes open the 2014 season Friday by hosting Woodland at 7:30 p.m. The Wolverines are a Class AA program, but have some highly touted players.