RICHBURG -- The Founders Federal Tri-County Football Coaches Association held its first meeting of the year Tuesday and voted for last week's top players.
This is the fifth year for the FFTCFCA, which meets every Tuesday at the Front Porch Restaurant in Richburg.
Coaches nominate players from their teams in five categories and vote for winners based on performances from the previous week.
The teams are split into two divisions -- Class AAAA and Class AAA/AA/A. Nation Ford, Fort Mill's second high school, was placed in the latter division this year because the Falcons are playing an independent schedule.
Member schools are Andrew Jackson, Chester, Clover, Fort Mill, Indian Land, Lancaster, Lewisville, Nation Ford, Northwestern, Rock Hill and York. The Association is headed by Lancaster football coach Bennie McMurray.
Each player of the week receives a plaque. Tuesday's winners were:
• THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PREP FOOTBALL POLL: The Associated Press state high school football polls for the week of August 28, first-place votes in parentheses, record and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of sports writers:
• CROSS COUNTRY: The first regular-season cross country poll was released and Fort Mill's boys retained the No. 1 spot they held in the Class AAAA preseason top 10.
The Yellow Jackets are the defending state champions. Northwestern's boys, Fort Mill's top rival, are No. 8.
Those two are the only Herald-area teams in this week's polls.
• GAME TIME: Northwestern's home football game Friday against Spartanburg will start at 7:30 p.m.
Northwestern normally starts at 8 p.m., but when the contract was signed Northwestern coach Jimmy Wallace agreed to move the game up half an hour.
All schools in Spartanburg County play at 7:30 p.m. Region 3-AAAA teams have the option to start then or at 8 p.m.
• HATS OFF: Rock Hill football coach Joe Montgomery got quite a surprise when he opened a box that arrived last week.
He had ordered hats for his staff from an in-state supplier and they finally got here after the Bearcats had played one game -- or did they?
The hats were cardinal -- the shade of red the Bearcats wear. On the side, they said 'Bearcats.' On the front it said 'Northwestern Trojans' in big letters.
"We sent them back,'' said Billy Parker, Rock Hill's AD. "It would have been a good thing to keep them as collector's items. As far as I know, there are none here. They are all back with the supplier, so don't ask for one.''
• CALL US: I've accepted an invitation to sit in for Steven Stone, who'll be out of town, Saturday for the WRHI-AM (1340) and 94.3 FM high school football radio show.
I'll be joining regular Gene Knight, who will assume the lead role, on the broadcast. It runs from 8-10 a.m. We'll discuss Friday night's games.
Each week Stone and Knight take calls over the air during the show, so give us a call. I'll be glad to talk with you. So will Stone and Knight as the season winds on.
Call 324-1340 and let's talk some football.
• PARKING: Indian Land hosts Chester in its first home football game and the school has provided parking information for the season.
Handicap parking will be along the fence behind the old concession stand. Fans desiring to park there must display a handicapped parking tag. Cars will not be allowed beyond the yellow caution tape surrounding the new practice field.
Team buses will park in the bus loop. They will be allowed to unload near the new concession stand.
Fan parking will be in the new student parking lot. Overflow parking will be in the old student parking lot and in the faculty parking lot in front of the new school.
• TEAM NEEDED: Dorman High School is looking for one more JV volleyball team to participate in the JV Tournament of Champions on Sept. 8. Contact Jennifer Swank at firstname.lastname@example.org or Paula Kirkland at email@example.com for information and sign-up.