The first day of practice for S.C. high school football is right around the corner. Advancing that day is S.C. Varsity's initial team rankings, which places two of Dorchester Two's high schools in the top 20.
Ashley Ridge High, which suprised rankers last year, earned a No. 8 spot. Summerville High earned No. 15. Fort Dorchester High was not included in the top 20.
In 2011, Summerville was ranked No. 14 going into the season. The team ultimately fell to the initially unranked Swamp Foxes.
Ashley Ridge went on to win the Region VIII championship and advanced to the playoffs, despite being unranked at the beginning of the season. The Swamp Foxes were ranked No. 4 by the time they reached the semi-finals, where they fell to Greenwood.
Longtime Summerville Coach John McKissick starts the season only six wins from having 600 wins over 61 seasons of coaching Green Wave football. McKissick earned the Coach of the Year Award earlier this year.
Ashley Ridge begins its season Aug. 24 against the juggernaut Goose Creek Gators, which earned a No. 2 ranking from S.C. Varsity. The Gators trounced the Foxes last year. Click here to see Ashley Ridge's schedule.
Summerville begins its season Aug. 24 against Cane Bay High. Click here to see Summerville's schedule.
Fort Dorchester begins its season Aug. 24 against Carolina Forest. Click here to see Fort Dorchester's schedule.