Enquirer Herald

Tackling a new season

Clover and York football coaches continue to evaluate personnel following scrimmages held last week.

The evaluation process is sure to be expanded following tonight's Bank of York Kickoff, a preseason scrimmage played under game conditions. The action begins at 6:30 p.m., when the Clover High Blue Eagles face Audrey Kell of Charlotte. York and Union will follow.

Clover and York competed in scrimmages last week as a tune-up for regular season play.

"We were pleased with our team's scrimmage with Dorman," CHS head coach Jet Turner said before Monday's practice.

Turner said the Blue Eagles used 170 plays from the playbook.

"We evaluated a lot of kids and got to see them on film," he noted. "It was a very productive scrimmage."

Assessing the team, Turner said, "The preseason is never long enough for the coaches or short enough for the players."

Clover opens the regular season at home next week as part of Week Zero authorized by the South Carolina High School League. South Point High from Gaston County will provide the opposition Aug. 22 at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Cougars scrimmaged last week at Chapman, where coaches got a look at first-year varsity players against the Panthers.

"It was a physical scrimmage," observed head coach John Barrett. "I was very pleased with the effort."

Barrrett said the Cougars need to do a better job of holding onto the football and tackling.

"We did some things well," he said. "It was a typical first scrimmage."

The Cougars will compete in The Herald Football Jamboree Saturday at Rock Hill's District Three Stadium, facing Lewisville in third-quarter action.

The jamboree begins at 4 p.m., with Indian Land against Nation Ford followed by Great Falls and Lancaster. Chester and South Pointe will follow the York-Lewisville skirmish.

The jamboree concludes with Rock Hill and Weddington in quarter No. 5 and Fort Mill and Northwestern to follow.

The Cougars open the season Aug. 29, hosting Broome at Pratt Field.