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High school football teams get first test during scrimmages

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Summerville beats Orangeburg 27-20 in first scrimmage of 2013 season. Summerville beats Orangeburg 27-20 in first scrimmage of 2013 season.

In football practice you learn the plays and work on the fundamentals. In a scrimmage, its time to put those theories to the test.

Friday is the first day of scrimmages for high schools across the Lowcountry. Up in Summerville, Coach John McKissick says a scrimmage is the best indicator of how far along a team is. "We got a lot of guys that haven't really played. So getting in there, they get really excited and you can tell. In practice they look pretty good, and they get in a game against an opponent and they don't look too good."

While McKissick obviously has the experience with 62 seasons under his belt, his team is relatively young. "We got five back on offense, and five back on defense and that's not enough. That means we've got six guys who haven't played much on each side of the ball."

The Green Wave kicker, David Kennedy, was only too happy to get the nerves out when a win wasn't on the line. "I went out there really nervous and after a few kicks got my nerves calmed down. I made a big hit and that definitely got me rid of the jitters."

While the plays today were all for show, lessons could be learned from every big hit and great snag. The defense definitely learning what they were made of with seconds to go in the 4th quarter and Orangeburg threatening to tie the game. Darin Smalls, Summerville cornerback and USC commit, says, "I'm very proud of our defense. They stepped up big time, and everyone made good choices and good plays."

Summerville beat Orangeburg in the first scrimmage of the season with a final score of 27 to 20. But if you ask Coach, he is more excited about the lessons learned, than the actual score.

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