2013 high school football schedules: 10 must-see games

bmccormick@heraldonline.comJuly 3, 2013 

30 more days. That’s it.

High school football practice doesn’t start in South Carolina until Aug. 2, leaving much of steamy July with little to think about except air conditioning and the approach of prep pigskin. To the latter end, here are 2013 high school football schedules for schools in the Herald’s coverage area, including 10 must-see games:

Top 10 games this fall:

•  Chester at York (Aug. 23): What you want in Week Zero – unless you’re a coach – a real slobber smacker. The Cyclones appear to be on the rise after winning their region last season and reaching the third round of the Class AAA postseason. York was hit hard by graduation but Bobby Carroll has instilled a swagger and confidence that he expects to outlive individual players. That will be tested early by Anthony Sterling’s athletic and big Chester club.

•  Northwestern’s first three home games (Aug, 23, 30, Sept. 13): Okay, we’re skirting the rules here because it’s actually three games, but it’s hard to imagine a tougher first three home contests than Gaffney, Charlotte Catholic and Byrnes. Northwestern head coach Kyle Richardson will quickly find out how tough his 2013 bunch is when faced with a trio of squads that could very likely be ranked nationally.

•  Blythewood at Lancaster (Sept. 20): This is a big game for Bennie McMurray’s ball club. The Bruins struggled through growing pains last season and are an unknown quantity heading into this season. After hosting Blythewood, Lancaster then travels to Northwestern and Nation Ford before returning home against York on Oct. 11 in its first three region contests. Lancaster needs a win in its final non-region game to get some confidence stashed away ahead of a typically tough region slate.

•  Clover at Rock Hill (Oct. 4): Clover hasn’t won a game since September of 2011, but the Blue Eagles’ prospects are looking up with new head coach Chad Smith in charge. Smith has already cranked up the energy level at Clover and it’s only a matter of a couple years before he has the Blue Eagles back in postseason contention. Baby steps though… first they have to get a win. Oct. 4 at Rock Hill might be the best shot.

•  Northwestern at South Pointe (Oct. 4): South Pointe’s narrow 28-25 win last fall was the Stallions’ fourth in five regular season meetings with the Trojans. Depending on their success during the season’s opening month, the South Pointe matchup could be a defining moment for Northwestern. One of these two sides has played in state championship in four of the last five years.

•  Union at Chester (Nov. 1): The Cyclones knocked off Steve Taneyhill’s Union team last year in the regular season finale to clinch the Region 3-AAA title. Taneyhill took the Yellow Jackets into the playoffs and eventually to the state final where they got whacked by Hartsville. This should be a spicy rematch with both teams looking solid in 2013 and a region championship again possibly on the table.

•  South Pointe at York (Nov. 1): These two teams played out a thrilling pair of ballgames last year with the Stallions triumphing in front of a massive crowd at home during the playoffs, ending the Cougars’ season. This game always has an interesting slant to it with York coach Bobby Carroll returning to the school whose program he built from scratch.

•  Great Falls at Lewisville (Nov. 1): These two longtime rivals play twice this fall, opening and closing the regular season, which takes a bit of the luster off an old-fashioned rivalry. Still, the second of the two games should be a dandy with playoff positioning in Region 3-A likely on the line. Both squads should have a shot at the postseason, though the Lions were struck hard by graduation and have large several voids to fill.

•  Nation Ford at Fort Mill (Nov. 8): The Falcons appeared to have their best shot at getting an elusive first win against their crosstown rivals last season, but were shot down by the Yellow Jackets in the regular season finale 28-21. The matchup is again a toss-up this season with both teams suffering heavy losses to graduation, and should be a pivotal contest in determining playoff qualification.

•  Rock Hill at Northwestern (Nov. 8): Rock Hill last beat Northwestern in 2009, a 34-14 victory that seems a long time ago now. The Bearcats have dropped three straight to the Trojans, and six out of the last seven, one of their worst stretches in the rivalry. Rock Hill has only lost four straight (regular season games) to Northwestern once in the two schools’ 41-year battle, during a prickly patch from 1991 to 1994. Last year, Joe Montgomery’s crew jumped out to a quick lead on the Trojans before succumbing 48-21. Will 2013 be any different? Let us know what you think on Twitter @RHHerald_Preps.

2013 schedules

Rock Hill

Aug. 30 at Dorman

Sept. 6 Conway

Sept. 13 at Dutch Fork

Sept. 20 Boiling Springs

Sept. 27 at York

Oct. 4 Clover

Oct. 11 at Fort Mill

Oct. 18 South Pointe

Oct. 25 at Nation Ford

Nov. 1 Lancaster

Nov. 8 at Northwestern

South Pointe

Aug. 23 at Irmo

Aug. 30 Blythewood

Sept. 6 at Chester

Sept. 13 Spartanburg

Sept. 20 OPEN

Sept. 27 Fort Mill

Oct. 4 Northwestern

Oct. 11 at Nation Ford

Oct. 18 at Rock Hill

Oct. 25 Clover

Nov. 1 at York

Nov. 8 at Lancaster

Northwestern

Aug. 23 Gaffney

Aug. 30 Charlotte Catholic

Sept. 6 at South Aiken

Sept. 13 Byrnes

Sept. 20 OPEN

Sept. 27 Lancaster

Oct. 4 at South Pointe

Oct. 11 Clover

Oct. 18 at Fort Mill

Oct. 25 York

Nov. 1 at Nation Ford

Nov. 8 Rock Hill

Nation Ford

Aug. 23 at Forestview

Aug. 30 Boiling Springs

Sept. 6 Lugoff-Elgin

Sept. 13 OPEN

Sept. 20 at Ridge View

Sept. 27 at Clover

Oct. 4 Lancaster

Oct. 11 South Pointe

Oct. 18 at York

Oct. 25 Rock Hill

Nov. 1 Northwestern

Nov. 8 at Fort Mill

Fort Mill

Aug. 30 at Lugoff-Elgin

Sept. 6 Dutch Fork

Sept. 13 at Ridge View

Sept. 20 Broome

Sept. 27 at South Pointe

Oct. 4 at York

Oct. 11 Rock Hill

Oct. 18 Northwestern

Oct. 25 at Lancaster

Nov. 1 at Clover

Nov. 8 Nation Ford

Clover

Aug. 23 South Florence

Aug. 30 Forestview

Sept. 6 at Spring Valley

Sept. 13 Boiling Spring

Sept. 20 OPEN

Sept. 27 Nation Ford

Oct. 4 at Rock Hill

Oct. 11 at Northwestern

Oct. 18 Lancaster

Oct. 25 at South Pointe

Nov. 1 Fort Mill

Nov. 8 York

York

Aug. 23 Chester

Aug. 30 OPEN

Sept. 6 at Boiling Springs

Sept. 13 Gaffney

Sept. 20 Keenan

Sept. 27 Rock Hill

Oct. 4 Fort Mill

Oct. 11 at Lancaster

Oct. 18 Nation Ford

Oct. 25 at Northwestern

Nov. 1 South Pointe

Nov. 8 at Clover

Lancaster

Aug. 30 at Andrew Jackson

Sept. 6 Ridgeview

Sept. 13 at Central

Sept. 20 Blythewood

Sept. 27 at Northwestern

Oct. 4 at Nation Ford

Oct. 11 York

Oct. 18 at Clover

Oct. 25 Fort Mill

Nov. 1 at Rock Hill

Nov. 8 South Pointe

Chester

Aug. 23 at York

Aug. 30 Lewisville

Sept. 6 South Pointe

Sept. 13 at Fairfield Central

Sept. 20 Central Pageland

Sept. 27 OPEN

Oct. 4 at Chapman

Oct. 11 at Woodruff

Oct. 18 Broome

Oct. 25 at Clinton

Nov. 1 Union

Indian Land

Aug. 30 at Buford

Sept. 6 Blacksburg

Sept. 13 at Lewisville

Sept. 20 at Marvin Ridge

Sept. 27 McBee

Oct. 4 at Cheraw

Oct. 11 Chesterfield

Oct. 18 at Central

Oct. 25 Andrew Jackson

Nov. 1 Buford

Great Falls

Aug. 23 Lewisville

Aug. 30 Whitmire

Sept. 6 Calhoun Falls

Sept. 13 OPEN

Sept. 20 Andrew Jackson

Sept. 27 at Buford

Oct. 4 at C.A. Johnson

Oct. 11 at River Bluff

Oct. 18 at McBee

Oct. 25 Lamar

Nov. 1 at Lewisville

Lewisville

Aug. 23 at Great Falls

Aug. 30 at Chester

Sept. 6 Andrew Jackson

Sept. 13 Indian Land

Sept. 20 Buford

Sept. 27 at Eau Claire

Oct. 4 McBee

Oct. 11 at Lamar

Oct. 18 OPEN

Oct. 25 at C.A. Johnson

Nov. 1 Great Falls

Westminster Catawba

Aug. 23 at Southlake Christian

Aug. 30 at Raleigh Titans

Sept. 6 OPEN

Sept. 13 at Christ School

Sept. 20 Metrolina Christian

Sept. 27 Carolina Gladiators

Oct. 4 Fayetteville Christian

Oct. 11 High Point Christian

Oct. 18 Hickory Grove Christian

Oct. 25 OPEN

Nov. 1 at First Assembly

Bret McCormick •  329-4032. Twitter: @BretJust1T

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