The Gator varsity football team will take the field Friday night at Spirit Communications Park, home of the Columbia Fireflies, the New York Mets’ South Atlantic League baseball team. The game is a part of a promotion sponsored by Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center and features some of the most talented teams and players in the Midlands and state.
According to the Fireflies:
Spring Valley and four-star linebacker Channing Tindall battle River Bluff on October 13. Tindall is the number-one ranked recruit in the state of South Carolina, according to 247 Sports, and has scholarship offers from nearly two dozen Division I institutions. The 6-2, 213-pound linebacker is considering South Carolina, Georgia, Auburn and Florida State, among others. Head Coach Robin Bacon’s Vikings are already off to a 5-0 start after finishing 9-4 a year ago and making the class 5-A state playoffs. Quarterback Quincy Hill leads Spring Valley’s option offense.
First year head coach Blair Hardin pilots River Bluff in 2017. Hardin spent the last three years at North Myrtle Beach and turned the Chiefs program around in a short amount of time. Hardin led North Myrtle Beach to a school-record 12 wins and an appearance in the Class 4-A lower state semifinals last season. This was just two years removed from a four-win season. Keep an eye out for linebacker Noah Johnson, the Gators’ top tackler in 2016.
Gator Nation – come on out to the ballpark Friday night for some peanuts and Cracker Jack…and Gator football!