Sertoma Classic to honor McKissick

The Sertoma Football Classic will honor John McKissick on the second night of the event.

Retired Summerville football coach John McKissick will be honored on the second night of the 2015 Sertoma Football Classic set for Aug. 13-14 at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium.

The 45th annual high school football kickoff classic will hold “John McKissick Night” in honor of the nation’s winningest football coach. He will be honored on the field during the Fort Dorchester vs. Summerville scrimmage, which will be the final game of the event. McKissick retired in June after 63 seasons and 621 career victories.

The event, sponsored by C.T. Lowndes & Company, has a few new twists this year. A pair of eight-man football scrimmages — one on each night — are on tap. Also, this year’s event will include four powder puff scrimmages featuring female athletes from six area schools. The powder puff league is sponsored by the North Charleston police and recreation departments. Schools fielding teams include Military Magnet, Garrett Tech, North Charleston, Stall, Fort Dorchester and Hanahan.

“The girls are really excited and we’re excited to be partnering with them,” said Callie Vanderbilt, co-chair of the 2015 classic. “It’s not just a boys’ weekend. We have two women running the classic this year so we decided this was a great opportunity to make it all-inclusive.”

Vanderbilt also said there would be increased security at this year’s event and that those attending the game should be expecting bag checks. During last year’s event, a 15-year-old student was arrested after bringing a gun into the stadium and throwing it on to the field.

“We have hired extra `red-shirt’ security to partner with the Charleston City police,” said Vanderbilt. “The safety of our fans is a top priority. We will have signage directing people in regards to bag searches.”

Highlighting the action on the first night of play will be a two-quarter scrimmage between Stratford and Hanahan.

On the second night, Goose Creek and Timberland will play two quarters, followed by Summerville and Fort Dorchester playing a two-quarter scrimmage.

Local cheerleading squads have begun selling tickets, which also can be purchased online at charlestonsertoma.org. Tickets are $12 per night.

Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and the action will begin at 5:35 p.m. both nights.

SERTOMA SCHEDULE

(Gates open at 4:30 p.m.; action begins at 5:35 p.m.)

Aug. 13

Ridge Christian vs. Faith Christian

Stall vs. Lincoln

North Charleston vs. First Baptist

North Charleston vs. Stall (powder puff)

Military Magnet vs. Garrett (powder puff)

Military Magnet vs. Palmetto Christian

Northwood Academy vs. Garrett Tech

Ashley Ridge vs. Baptist Hill

Cane Bay vs. Bishop England

West Ashley vs. St. John’s

Stratford vs. Hanahan (2 quarters)

Aug. 14

St. John’s Christian vs. Coastal Christian

Academic Magnet vs. Pinewood Prep

Woodland vs. Burke

Fort Dorchester vs. Hanahan (powder puff)

Winners of Thursday’s games (powder puff)

Berkeley vs. James Island

Wando vs. Porter-Gaud

Goose Creek vs. Timberland (2 quarters)

Fort Dorchester vs. Summerville (2 quarters)