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Ashley Ridge No. 8, Summerville No. 15 in AAAA Football Rankings

S.C. Varsity ranks the top 20 teams — including Ashley Ridge and Summerville, but not Fort Dorchester; First day of practice is July 27.

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, .

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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 .

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.

maizenbluedoc July 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Summerville needs a coaching change and philosophy if they expect to be the top dog in the 'Ville. Another season like last, and the fan support will diminish even more. The days are gone where the team thinks they will win just because they are Summerville. I have been attending games wince 1975 (lifetime reserved seat holder), and last year was the worst coaching exhibition I have seen at Summerville. I put my support behind Comp McCurry for HC. I foresee Call being passed the baton, but I don't see that as the answer. Unfortunately, tradition will only carry you so far. Now is the time for a new beginning for the Wave. Gone are the days when they steamroll other teams because of the overwhelming supply of players. A new coaching philosophy must begin in order to compete with the new kids on the block. I will make my decision after this year on whether to surrender my seat at the stadium. I am not suggesting that I won't watch the games unless they win most games each year as that is unrealistic, but I do expect some innovation and signs of improvement.

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