The football season is approximately a month away for most local high schools, but fans will have opportunities to check out teams prior to the first official games of the year.
South Carolina public schools are allowed to open football practice Aug. 2. The high school league allows football teams to begin having scrimmages Aug. 8. While seating for these isn’t always provided, scrimmages are typically open to the public and can offer fans some insight into which athletes and teams may standout once the season begins.
The matchups for the 2019 Dorchester County Showdown football jamboree have now been set and the www.dorchestercountyshowdown.com website has tickets available for purchase. Gates for the jamboree, scheduled for Summerville’s Memorial Stadium, will open at 6 p.m. Aug. 16.
The Dorchester County Showdown pits teams from all four public high schools in the county up against each other for quarter-long scrimmages. Junior varsity scrimmages begin at 7 p.m. with Woodland playing Ashley Ridge. Then the Summerville JV will play Fort Dorchester.
Varsity games are scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. with Summerville facing Woodland. Then Woodland will play Ashley Ridge. The Swamp Foxes will turn around and play Fort Dorchester. The final scrimmage of the evening will put Fort Dorchester up against Summerville.
The event will also include activities in between quarters and a host of vendors offering refreshments and other products.
All four varsity teams participating in the Showdown will open their 2019 regular season during Week Zero. Ashley Ridge will play at Goose Creek at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Fort Dorchester will host Glynn Academy of Georgia at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Summerville will play at Woodland at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. That game marks the first time Summerville has played Woodland in a full, regular-season football game.
Cane Bay will open its season at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at West Ashley.