By CT McDonald


Airport will visit Brookland-Cayce on Friday for what will be the Eagles’ varsity football season opener and the Bearcats’ second game of the new season.

Brookland-Cayce’s 41-0 trouncing of Lake Marion last week indicates that the Bearcats intend to continue the success earned last year, and it gives them the early experience of a real-time game under the “Friday night lights.” Brookland-Cayce (BC) won the opening matchup against Lake Marion last year 49-8 in a season when the Bearcats were on the upswing and the Gators were adjusting to a new head coach with an entirely new system.

With some improvements, the Gators continue the adjustments this season, while the Bearcats continue their climb toward the top of Class 3A. Brookland-Cayce finished last year 12-2 overall (5-0 region) in the Class AAA semifinals against the eventual state runner-up, Dillon.

While there were more than a few wide margin games in last week’s season openers, the season should become more competitive this weekend for the Bearcats, and others.

Airport played their final scrimmage last week and will face Brookland-Cayce this week in the only District Two varsity football rival game of the regular season — and it should be a district game that many would expect from these two district rivals.

Brookland-Cayce won this matchup last year 47-43, and Airport went on to a 5-7 overall (3-1 region) finish against the eventual 4A state champion, South Pointe, in the second round of the playoffs. The Eagles lost some key playmakers to graduation, but they return a solid nucleus to build on.

Airport at Brookland-Cayce, Friday at 7:30 pm.