It’s the final warmup before the real thing, and Mauldin High wants to make sure it’s treated as such when teams gather Friday for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic at Freeman Field.
The event will feature eight teams and four halves of football with the schedule as follows: Powdersville vs. Eastside, 6 p.m.; Hillcrest vs. Wren, 7 p.m.; J.L. Mann vs. Carolina, 8 p.m.; and Berea vs. Mauldin, 8 p.m.
“All special teams will be live,” Mauldin coach Lee Taylor said. “It’ll be a half of football with everything being live, so it’s exciting. We always enjoy having it. It’s always a good crowd, and it kind of gets us going for Week 1.”
“We want to try and get as many teams from Greenville County as we can, and we’ve got Wren and Powdersville coming from out of the county. They’re quality teams, very close to each other; they always have a good following, and that’s what we want to do is get a big crowd. Since it’s Week 0, some schools are playing, so everybody should be in game form by then.”
Wren coach Jeff Tate has brought his team to the jamboree each of the past six years.
“This is by far one of the best run and one of the better preseason jamborees we can be involved in,” Tate said.
“I enjoy coming over here to the Mauldin jamboree,” said Mann coach Brian Strickland. “It’s well-run, it’s good competition and it’s good fellowship between the coaches in Greenville County and the outlying counties that are here.”
Carolina coach Reuben Wright said his school appreciates the invitation.
“We’re a AA school,” Wright said, “so once we get out of nonregion, we really don’t get to come back home, so it’s good for us, good camaraderie. A lot of these players know one another.”