High school football officials in the Lowcountry are going pink.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the District 8 South Carolina Football Officials Association has joined forces with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to sponsor "Pink Whistle Games" starting the weekend of Oct. 8.
District 8 includes Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton and Jasper counties, and is the only one of the state's 13 districts that has 100 percent participation in the project. All 91 officials have made a $25 donation to the foundation and will receive pink whistles with the Susan G. Komen logo.
"We have raised $2,000 and we've challenged the coaches in the district to donate $25, too," said District 8 director Steve Brush. "We've only heard from a handful of the coaches, but we just sent out the information last week. I'll follow up with them and harass them until they make a donation."
Brush's goal is to take the "Pink Whistle Games" statewide in time for the 2011 season. He'll talk during the state officials' meeting in March and propose action on the fund-raising event.
"We have 700 officials in the state, and that could mean $14,000 to $15,000," Brush said. "As officials, we want to do something other than just showing up at a game."
Brush said fans can get involved too. Anyone interested in making a contribution can send a check made out to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and mail it to him at either 4910 Highway 162, Hollywood, S.C., 29499 or at P.O. Box 31459, Charleston, S.C. 29417.
Patrick Henry running back Austin Rowell broke the SCISA 8-man record for career rushing in Friday night's 74-48 victory over Wardlaw.
Rowell eclipsed the mark on a 7-yard run in the first quarter. He finished with 159 yards, his lowest production of the year. He now has 5,239 career rushing yards, including 907 yards in four games this season.
Last fall, Rowell rushed for 3,062 yards, including 406 yards in the state championship game.
Kevin Moloney of Wardlaw Academy was the record holder until Rowell broke the record. Moloney tallied 5,116 yards from 1999-2002.
Scout has released its top 100 football players for the Class of 2012 and two players from South Carolina are on the list -- Shaq Roland of Lexington and Tony Wright of Chester.
Roland is a 6-1 safety for Lexington and also is an outstanding basketball player. Last winter, the sophomore scored 21 points in the Class AAAA Lower State championship game against Goose Creek.
Wright is a 6-1, 175-pound cornerback. Both players are four-star recruits.
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