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Football 101: Lecture 8-Rivalry Week

It is the last week of the regular season, which means it is rivalry week. Clover-York, Rock Hill-Northwestern and Nation Ford-Fort Mill among others will kick-off this Friday night. But what makes a rivalry a rivalry, and why are these games so beloved? A quick primer on rivalry games: 1. Proximity: High school rivalries are […]

Football 101: Remembering a legend

Barry Byers gave me my start in high school football. In the Fall of my first year at Winthrop University, The Herald came to campus to do some promotions for the newspaper, and set up shop right in front of Richardson Hall, my dormitory. I asked if they needed any help at the paper. I […]

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Football 101: When Special Teams are special

Football 101, Lecture 6: When special teams are special Tennessee head coach Robert Neyland – namesake for the famed Neyland Stadium – was such a strong believer in the special teams, he made it one of his game maxims. As he said: “Press the kicking game. Here is where the breaks are made.” A couple […]

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Football 101: Remember Your History

Remember Your History For the last twenty years – census records tell us — South Carolina has consistently been among the fastest growing states in the country. And some of you reading this might be one of the folks new to the area. Perhaps you moved here originally for a job, a relationship or (in […]

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Football 101: “Get Defensive”

Football 101: Lecture 4: Get Defensive! I was speaking with a college coach today and asked what he expected from the other team’s defense. He replied that they run a “base” defense. “Nothing fancy, just a straight four man front”. For the casual fan, the “play-calling” going on in football games only takes place on […]

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Football 101: Lecture 3-It ain’t all that bad

At one time or another, your favorite high school football team will go through some tough times. It has happened to the best of them, and all the teams in our coverage area have had their share of ups and downs over the last ten years. Judging by the win-loss column only tells one side […]

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Football 101: Know the rules

Football 101 – Lecture 2: Know the Rules An interesting penalty flag was thrown in the Northwestern’s 51-19 victory over the Gaffney Indians Friday night. Charging hard around the Left Tackle, Northwestern Linebacker Gabe Gresham had his helmet unintentionally ripped off. But chock-full of adrenaline and football player instinct, Gresham continued on unabated to the […]

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