It’s 4th and long for new Fort Mill football field

mbanks@comporium.netAugust 7, 2013 

— While one field maybe ready for kickoff, the other is facing fourth and long.

The two FieldTurf football fields being installed at Fort Mill and Nation Ford high schools are scheduled to be ready for the 2013 season. While Nation Ford’s field is all but finished, Fort Mill’s field will be cutting it close, Athletic Director Dwayne Hartsoe said.

Fort Mill’s field is scheduled to be finished by Aug. 11, but that date may not be concrete.

“They are working as much as they can, but that will have to depend on the weather,” Hartsoe said.

Fort Mill has the four-team Battle of the Border scrimmage scheduled for Aug. 17 at Bob Jones Stadium. Although the field may be ready by then, other issues could derail those plans.

“I don’t see that happening,” Hartsoe said, of the event being held at the stadium. “There is still a chance, but a lot of other stuff has to be fixed from big trucks coming in and out of the stadium doing work on the field. I don’t think the stadium itself will be ready to have an event there.”

Fort Mill has a backup plan: hold the scrimmage at Nation Ford High School. This year’s scrimmage will be at 6 p.m. and will feature Fort Mill vs. Weddington and Nation Ford vs. Indian Land.

Hartsoe said that the turf and Bob Jones Stadium should be ready for the Jackets’ home opener Sept. 6 against Dutch Fork.

The first games with the new turf would be played by the freshman and JV football teams, which have home games Aug. 29 against Lugoff-Elgin squads.

At Nation Ford, construction on the new field is scheduled to be completed weeks before the Falcons’ home opener Aug. 30 against Boiling Springs.

“All that is needed is the final walk-through,” said Falcons’ Athletic Director Brian Turner. “It looks good. We are pretty pleased with it. It finished right on schedule.”

Nation Ford has a scrimmage on the field schedule for Aug. 10 against Dorman, Ardrey Kell and South Pointe.

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