Lightning and rain cut short a pair of preseason scrimmages Friday in Chronicle Country.
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The bad weather resulted in the stoppage of both the Lexington Sportsarama at River Bluff High School and the Aun and McKay Kickoff Classic at Chapin High School.
The nightcap matchup for the Sportsarama was cancelled between Gilbert and White Knoll. The Timberwolves were slated to serve as host schools before field conditions due to rainfall resulted in the event moving to The Swamp.
The host team closed out the Sportsarama with a 13-0 win over Ridge View. Cooper Johns' 10-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter set up by a fumble recovery was the final play as the game was halted as the sound of the weather alarm indicated approaching lightning.
Quarterback Parker Murray opened up the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Collier in the first quarter.
The Sportsarama kicked off with Airport shutting out Pelion 21-0. River Bluff transfer Apollos Cook had a seven-yard touchdown run, Logan Crawford caught an 18-yard scoring pass and Marcus Dwyer broke free from a tackle while losing his left shoe for a 50-yard touchdown run.
In the second game, Lexington defeated Batesburg-Leesville 14-7. Running back Jonah Norris opened the scoring with a three-yard touchdown run and Montrell Byrd returned a fumble 18 yards for a Lexington touchdown.
Korey Williams scored from seven yards with two minutes left for the Panthers.
Over at Cecil Woolbright Stadium, Irmo opened the Kickoff Classic with a 35-7 win over Mid-Carolina.
After falling behind 7-0, it was all Yellow Jackets and new starting quarterback A.J. Brand. The son of Irmo head coach Aaron Brand rushed for two touchdowns and threw two more to earn Game Most Valuable Player honors.
Kelvin Smith had a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown and Jylil Favor earned the Defensive MVP award for the Yellow Jackets.
Played was stopped seconds into the first quarter between Gray Collegiate and Westwood. Quarterback Riley Staton found Zai Offord for a touchdown to give the defending Class 2A champions a 6-0 lead.
Play will resume at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Chapin with the host team facing Gray Collegiate in one quarter. The War Eagles will then face Fairfield Central for a quarter with the Griffiths and Eagles playing in the final quarter.
Admission is free at the stadium.
Running back Jarvis Green and quarterback Aliam Appler both had short touchdown runs and Chase Meggett scored on a fumble recovery to lead the Silver Foxes at the Football City Kickoff in Rock Hill.
Dutch Fork will open the season across the border in Charlotte, N.C. on Aug. 18. It faces Hough (N.C.) as part of Charlotte Kickoff Night at 5 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
The Bearcats open the season Aug. 19 at J.F. Byrnes.
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