Sertoma Classic gives Lowcountry teams, fans their first taste of high school football
Are you ready for some football?
Johnson Hagood Stadium
(Gates open at 4 p.m., games begin at 5 p.m.)
Lincoln vs. Baptist Hill
North Charleston vs. Kingstree
Military Magnet vs. Academic Magnet
*Wando vs. Hanahan
Pinewood Prep vs. Burke
West Ashley vs. St. John’s
*James Island vs. Stratford
Palmetto Christian vs. Garrett Tech
Stall vs. Colleton County
Ashley Ridge vs. Woodland
*Summerville vs. Bishop England
Northwood vs. Porter-Gaud
Cane Bay vs. Fort Dorchester
*Berkeley vs. Goose Creek
The 43rd annual Sertoma Classic, the kickoff to the high school football season in the Lowcountry, is set for Thursday and Friday nights at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium.
Twenty-eight teams will compete in this year’s event. The gates open at 4 p.m. both days and the action begins at 5 p.m.
Seven of the Lowcountry’s top 10 players will showcase their skills: Stratford’s Jacob Park, Summerville’s Darin Smalls, Summerville’s Sean Smith , Hanahan’s Terrell Green, Goose Creek’s Dantez Bennamon, Goose Creek’s Caleb Kinlaw and Bishop England ’s Reed Fosberry.
“This year’s Sertoma Classic promises to be the largest and most exciting one ever,” Sertoma official John Panagiotou said.
After a few down years, attendance has bounced back the past couple of years. The trend should continue this week.
“We were so excited about last year’s attendance,” Panagiotou said. “There was a resurgence, a rejuvenation, and we have set the bar even higher this year. We are making it more family friendly while improving the matchups.”
There will be a different battle in the stands as schools hope to capture the overall school spirit award. The award is based on five categories: dress, banners, performance, pre-sale of tickets and publicity.
Panagiotou and Trip Durham will host the Sertoma Football Classic Hour starting at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday on ESPN 910-AM.
West Ashley basketball standout Erika Wesolek signed a basketball scholarship to play at the College of Coastal Georgia.
Wesolek was a team captain at West Ashley and helped the Wildcats win the Region 7-AAAA championship.
She lettered four times for Maria Williams’ team and was also a member of the AAU Lowcountry Ballers for the past five years. The team won two state championships.