Midnight marks official start of high school football drills

It’s football time in S.C.

High school football practice officially opened at 12:01 a.m. Friday, and not a minute too soon for the St. James Sharks.

For the second consecutive season, St. James kicked off the event with Midnight Madness, a late-night (or make that early-morning) ritual normally reserved for the start of basketball practice.

Eager to get started, the Sharks took full advantage of the rule and the cooler temperatures to begin preparations for the 2012 season.

Not to  be outdone, the rest of the Grand Strand’s pigskin squads will get into the opening-practice act later Friday. Carolina Forest, Conway, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Socastee plan workouts early Friday morning or late Friday afternoon, with sessions scattered throughout the next few days.

Helmets and shorts are the required garb as players ease into the 100-degree-plus heat indexes of late July and early August. All six Grand Strand schools will hold their first dress rehearsals in just two weeks – at the Aug. 10 CNB Kickoff Classic in Conway’s Backyard. The regular season gets under way the following week when the Tigers and Seahawks host games in the inaugural Surf & Turf Kickoff Classic at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

 

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