High School football in the Lowcountry ramps up for 2013 season

High School football in the Lowcountry ramps up for 2013 season (Image 1)

It's back to the gridiron and back to the basics for players across the Lowcountry. With a full weekend of practice under their belts, players are excited to be back on the field. Dantez Bennamon, quarterback at Goose Creek, says, “I am just ready to hit the field.”

Three big team storylines have emerged as camp picks up tempo: Bishop England, Stratford and Goose Creek. The Battling Bishops are the obvious story as back to back state champs. But with 20 seniors gone, it is time to reload, and focus on a new team. “We don't want to think about 2012, or 2011. That was great stuff but these guys need to make their mark on Bishop England football.”

Over at Stratford, their quarterback is under the spotlight. Jacob park has already committed to Georgia for 2014 but has one final season in the high school ranks. Coach Ray Stackley has high praise for his team leader, saying, “He is in charge of the offense, he is our coach on the field.”

But it is Goose Creek that is probably the biggest storyline of the 2013 season. Disqualified during an undefeated run last season, many of the Gators on the squad haven't lost since September 2011, in a heartbreaker to University from South Florida. Coach Chuck Reedy says while it is a new year and new team, he has to love the confidence. “A lot of the guys on this team have never lost a football game. They expect to win, and that gives you an advantage going in because having the confidence that you are going to win is about 90% of the battle.”

Each of these three teams are ready to be in the spotlight once again in 2013, prepared for everyone's best shot. Stratford's Park is keeping his eye on the prize, and trying to stay focused on one game at a time. “We know what we need to get done so we are going to take it one game at a time. But I think we are going to be a heck of a team this year.”

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