PCHS making return to Border tilt

Published 1:49 pm Friday, June 11, 2010

The teams and the stage have been set for Border Showcase Football Classic VI, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at Shelby High Schools George Blanton Stadium and Pearlie Allen Field.

Sponsor Polk County High School will be among six teams participating in this years event. Host Shelby and Crest round out the contingent from North Carolina. Class 4A powers Byrnes, Gaffney and Spartanburg all of which made it to the Final Four in the 2009 state playoffs will represent South Carolina.

Once again our Showcase will feature some of the best high school football talent from area programs in North and South Carolina at one of the premier football jamborees in the South while giving us a tremendous opportunity to promote high school football, said Polk County High School Coach Bruce Ollis. Local fans will be given the rare chance to see teams they dont normally have an opportunity to witness all in one location.

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Its hard to believe this is our sixth BSC, and, like the others, it sets up to be quite a night for high school football and high school football fans.

Each team will play an entire half of football against their respective opponent. Polk County will face state runner-up Byrnes, which spent most of last season ranked among the top five teams nationally, in the opener at 7 p.m. Polk County finished 10-3 last season and Byrnes was 13-2.

Crest faces Spartanburg at 8 p.m., and Shelby renews an old rivalry with Gaffney in the nightcap at 9 p.m.

Spartanburg is coming off a 5-9 season, but made a surprise run to the Final Four during the Class 4A playoffs. Crest, 7-5 in 2009, will make its debut under new head coach Mark Barnes, who replaced Roy Kirby. Kirby left the school after 13 seasons and two state titles.

Gaffney is coming off a 10-4 season, but head coach Phil Strickland resigned after seven seasons at the helm to take over at Newberry (S.C.) High School. His successor has yet to be named.

Shelby finished with an 11-2 record last season.