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Home opener Part II: Sumter plays host to Lakewood after losing game to hurricane

By Jackson Hoshour
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 9/11/19

Sumter High School will get back on the football field on Friday after missing last week's home opener against Conway due to Hurricane Dorian.

The Gamecocks will play their home opener this week now against Lakewood in the annual matchup of …

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Home opener Part II: Sumter plays host to Lakewood after losing game to hurricane

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Sumter High School will get back on the football field on Friday after missing last week's home opener against Conway due to Hurricane Dorian.

The Gamecocks will play their home opener this week now against Lakewood in the annual matchup of crosstown foes at Memorial Stadium's Freddie Solomon Field. Those in attendance won't be the only ones who will get to see the game. It will be televised on Channel 1250 on the Spectrum Cable System.

"The game being televised doesn't affect me, it's still the same game to be played and we still have the same job," said senior outside linebacker Blayne Aycock.

The Gamecocks have won the last nine contests against the Gators dating back to 2002. Sumter enters the contest with a 2-0 record.

Sumter is fresh off of a 63-2 shellacking of Crestwood, their other crosstown foe, while Lakewood earned itsr first victory of the season last week, a 33-14 win over a tough Manning team. That Gators record now sits at 1-2.

"I feel like it'll be a good matchup," said Sumter outside linebacker Deshawn McKnight. "I know me and the guys are going to be ready for Lakewood on Friday night".

Bragging rights will definitely be in effect, but McKnight said it's different for him.

"For me, it's not so much of having bragging rights, I feel like if we win it goes to show that we can compete against whoever they put in front of us."

The Gamecocks defeated Lakewood 49-7 last year on the way to a 10-1 season. Senior Linebacker Blayne Aycock had five tackles and one tackle for a loss in that contest.

"Our team lost a lot of starters on both sides of the ball from last year, so we are going to need people to step up and perform in a big game at home in front of our crowd," Aycock said.

The SHS defense has allowed an average of 11.5 points per game, improving from last years 21.5 points per game through the first two games.

Senior running back Ernest Jackson is very confident in this Gamecock team heading into Friday.

"I know we are going to be ready for this game, on all aspects of the ball," Jackson said. "They beat Manning last week but I don't believe Manning is Sumter High. I'm very confident that we will go out there and show them we can win."