CLIO, SC (WMBF) – The Dennis Miller Memorial Pee Dee Football Classic features some of the best football teams in all of South Carolina. The event, starting at 5pm on Friday, August 13th features 10 teams, 9 of them with recent state titles.
"It's a championship caliber jamboree with 9 former state champions there," said Dillon head coach Jackie Hayes, who coaches his Wildcats to two straight Class 2A titles. "It's a good opportunity to see where you are at this point of the season."
The coaches held a media day for the jamboree Wednesday at Clio Country Club. They all got in front of the room and, despite everyone knowing they have talented teams, talked about how young their team was and how average they would be. This was slightly tongue-in-cheek, but also about job security.
"Every year, every fan thinks you're going to win the state championship," said Marlboro County head coach Dean Boyd. "Every coach hopes they're going to win the state championship and really want to think that, too. But if you say that then go out and get beat, it's time to get a new coach!"
Coaches feel the high level of competition prepares their teams for the season.
"You bring them into an atmosphere, it makes them say 'wow,'" said Carvers Bay head coach Nate Thompson. "This is what gets them started early in the year."
You can find the schedule for the Pee Dee Football Classic here: http://www.wmbfnews.com/Global/story.asp?S=12847739