Cougars host Union County in preseason kickoff

genegraham@comporium.netAugust 13, 2013 

— The sixth annual Bank of York Preseason Kickoff, a scrimmage played under game-like conditions, with four 12-minute quarters, will be 7 p.m. Friday at the York Comprehensive High School football stadium.

The YCHS Cougars will be pitted against the Union County Yellow Jackets in a marquee attraction expected to draw several thousand high school football loyalists.

Grier Sandifer, Bank of York vice-president/commercial relationship manager, said the bank’s sponsorship of the preseason showcase has become a source of pride since the event debuted six years ago.

“We are excited to be hosting a community event supporting the football team, cheerleaders and band,” said Sandifer. “York and Union County offer a good matchup for area fans. They are two outstanding teams.”

York’s coach Bobby Carroll said he appreciates the Bank of York’s willingness to sponsor the popular event each year. “I want to thank the Bank of York and the whole community,” he said. “We have unbelievable support.”

YCHS athletic director Steve Boyd echoed Sandifer’s sentiments in expressing his appreciation to the hometown bank and the outpouring of support communitywide for Cougar football and all of the teams at YCHS.

“The Bank of York has been supportive of the total athletic department at YCHS for many years,” said Boyd.

Both Boyd and Carroll said the Yellow Jackets’ head coach Steve Tanneyhill will bring an exciting offense to the Cougar Den.

Tanneyhill, a talented, flamboyant quarterback during his heyday with the South Carolina Gamecocks, guided the Union County Yellow Jackets to the Class AAA state championship game last season.

With kickoff slated for 7 p.m. Friday, the gates will open at 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for the event.

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