The Pinewood Prep Football team opens its season against another team looking to return to prominence.
The Panthers begin their 2019 campaign at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Ben Lippen. Pinewood advanced to the SCISA 3A Championship game in 2015 and finished the season as the state runner-up. Ben Lippen won the SCISA 3A Championship in 2016.
However, neither team has managed to return to the title game since.
The Falcons of Ben Lippen qualified for the playoffs last season, but were eliminated by First Baptist in the opening round. Pinewood didn’t make the playoffs for the first time in several seasons so both squads have something to prove.
The teams will play a lot of football before the playoffs roll around, but only one can enter the second week of action with a winning record.
Next week, Pinewood will take on Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate in its home opener scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30.