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Pairings set for Shrine Club Jamboree

Back-up plan in place in case of inclement weather for Aug. 12 event

Posted: July 26, 2011 11:24 a.m.
Updated: July 27, 2011 5:00 a.m.

JUNIOR RAIJON JONES is back at North Central after having led the Knights in receiving last season.


While members of the Camden Shrine Club may have their collective fingers crossed in hopes of good weather for the charitable organization’s 36th annual Shrine Club Football Jamboree on Friday, Aug. 12, Camden High head coach Jimmy Neal is not leaving anything to chance.

After lightning and rain washed out last year’s slate of games at Zemp Stadium, Neal made back-up plans so that the Shriners are not left holding the bag for the second straight year in the event of inclement weather. At a meeting of the six competing coaching staffs, hosted at the Camden Shrine Club last Thursday, Neal and his colleagues voted on using Saturday, Aug. 13 as a rain date.

But all parties concerned are hoping this year’s jamboree goes off without a hitch, weather-wise.

The Camden Shrine Club Jamboree is the traditional curtain-raiser for Kershaw County football and will have all three county squads taking on three separate opponents. The three mini-games, consisting of one half of football each, begins at 6:30 p.m.

A new twist to the evening’s proceedings will be three three-minute cheerleading routines after games one and two, featuring cheerleading teams from all six competing schools.

The evening’s opener will have former conference rivals Buford and North Central squaring off. After making the move to the AA ranks last fall, Buford did not make the state playoffs and Mike Well’s squad will be eager to return to the post-season this time around. North Central, meanwhile, opens its third season under head coach Louis Clyburn. The Knights rebounded from a winless 2009 campaign to score a pair of victories last fall including a season-ending 32-15 thumping of C.A. Johnson in the Region 3-A finale.

In game two, Andrew Jackson will tangle with Lugoff-Elgin in a game featuring two programs which had some memorable in-season match-ups in the past. AJ is led by David Moore, who after being the interim coach for the Volunteers in 2010, was named the head coach in the off-season. The Demons, meanwhile, are the defending Region 6-AAAA champions. The title came in Scott Jones’ troops first year as a state class 4A member. The Website pre-season poll has L-E ranked 19th in the state.

A pair of Region 6-AAA foes meet in the nightcap when Crestwood hooks up with host Camden. The visitors from Sumter County struggled through a 2-8 season last fall, which included a 28-0 loss to Camden. Jimmy Neal’s Bulldogs, which open the regular season the following Friday night at Spring Valley, finished with a 9-2 mark last season and were runners-up in Region 6.

Tickets for the Camden Shrine Club Jamboree, of which proceeds benefit the worldwide organization’s many charitable endeavors, are priced at $6 each and will be only be available at the gates the night of the games.


MPCU Kickoff Classic returns to L-E:

The popular event will bring in another strong, six-team field for the final tune-up to the regular season which, for the majority of the teams in the state, begins Friday, Aug. 26.

The first of three mini-games, all of which will be one half of play, begins at 7 p.m. with games set to be held each hour.

The first contest of the night will have North Central meeting Darlington, a Region 6-AAA entry.

Playing in the 8 p.m. middle contest will be class A power Chesterfield and head coach Steve Taneyhill, playing Region 6-4A member West Florence. The night comes to a close when the host Demons entertain neighboring and fellow 4A colleague Ridge View in the 9 p.m. finale.

Tickets for the event are priced at $6 each and will only be available at the gates on the night of the MPCU Kickoff Classic.

Lugoff-Elgin will host the sixth annual May Plant Credit Union Kickoff Classic at Lugoff-Elgin Stadium on Friday, Aug. 19. There is no rain date for the evening's games.



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