Lancaster County high school football teams hit the practice field in preparation for the 2022 season this weekend.
Teams are gearing up for the new season as they work on conditioning and fundamentals in early sessions, focusing on their first scrimmages next week.
The regular season kicks off Aug. 19 with three county teams in action.
Following is a look at each school’s opening practice sessions.
Andrew Jackson High School kicks off its preseason practice Sunday, July 31.
The Volunteers, who went 6-4 last season, will have a team meeting in coach Todd Shigley’s room.
The Vols then head to the field for their opening practice at 6:30 p.m.
Shigley, entering his sixth season leading the Vols, is optimistic about the AJ season.
“We feel we have momentum as we enter the season,” he said. “We had good commitment from our guys in our summer workouts.”
Shigley noted the Vols averaged 30 players a session during summer workouts at the school.
“We had good numbers,” he said. “We were pleased with our workouts and the 7-on-7 sessions. I feel our guys will come ready to work as we prepare for the season.”
AJ will compete Aug. 8 in the Bulldog Bash at Camden, where the Vols will face host Camden and Keenan high schools.
The Vols then play in the Founders Kickoff Classic on Aug. 13 at Indian Land High School, where they battle Class A foe McBee High in the opening quarter at 5 p.m.
The Vols host Fairfield Central of Winnsboro in their season opener Aug. 26.
Buford High School second-year coach Ed Susi greeted his second Yellow Jackets squad with a 4 p.m. practice at Jackets Stadium on Friday, July 29.
The Jackets returned to the practice field for a Saturday morning session, 8-9:30 a.m.
The Jackets, 1-7 last season, will be looking to improve on those numbers.
Buford, which graduated only three seniors off the 2021 team, returns a solid cast of players.
“The summer workouts have gone well and we hope to have good numbers as we get to work on a new season,” Susi said.
Buford will scrimmage at Cheraw High School, where a host of teams will compete at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.
The Jackets will play Metrolina Charter in the Founders Kickoff Classic at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at Indian Land High.
BHS opens its season Aug. 19 when the Jackets visit Blacksburg.
Indian Land opened its preseason practice at 8 a.m. Friday. The Warriors will also practice Saturday at 8 a.m.
The Warriors, 5-4 last season when they earned a playoff bid, open their scrimmage schedule Friday, Aug. 5, when they host T.L. Hanna High School of Anderson.
Indian Land will also scrimmage Union County (S.C.) High School on Aug. 8.
“Those two scrimmages will be good measuring sticks for our team,” said ILHS coach Adam Hastings, who is entering his third season at the Lancaster County Class AAAA Panhandle school.
Hastings is upbeat about the upcoming seasons.
“Our numbers are great,” he said. “Our players are locked in and I feel they are ready to work and have a lot of fun.”
ILHS will cap play in the Founders Kickoff Classic in Warriors Stadium, where the Warriors face Highland Tech of Gaston County, N.C., at 8 p.m. Aug. 13.
The Warriors launch their season Aug. 19 against the Falcons at Nation Ford High School in Fort Mill.
Lancaster High opened its preseason camp with a pair of practices Friday.
The Bruins, who posted a 2-5 record last season, had an 8 a.m. practice, followed by a 5 p.m. session to cap their first day.
“We feel good about where we are at this point. We’ve had good response this summer,” said LHS coach Marcus Surratt, who is in his fourth season leading the Bruins. “We were encouraged with our spring practice, and it carried over to summer workouts and our 7-on-7 sessions. I feel we’re ready to practice and put in the work as we move toward our first game.”
Lancaster will scrimmage at Fort Mill High School on Thursday, Aug. 4.
The Bruins will battle the Pumas of Palisades High School of Charlotte, N.C., at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 in the second quarter of the Founders Kickoff Classic.
Lancaster launches its season Aug. 19 when it travels to Chester to battle the Class AAA Cyclones.