The New Hanover, South Brunswick and North Brunswick high school football teams will take part in the fourth annual Derrick Law Firm Carolina’s Kickoff Clash Aug. 27-29 at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Games will be played over three days with three games on the final day of the event.
“The City of Myrtle Beach is looking forward to working with Mark Stafford and the 151 Sports Marketing team to develop the finest early season Showcase in the country,” said Tim Huber, sports tourism manager for the City of Myrtle Beach. “Myrtle Beach and Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium have a proud tradition of hosting players from all around the country and we look forward to having these teams and their fans to the Grand Strand for a great weekend of football.”
The event also includes Charlotte Catholic and Southeast Raleigh from the Tar Heel State as teams from North Carolina match up against five teams from South Carolina. The Palmetto State is represented by Myrtle Beach, Conway, Socastee, South Florence and Marlboro County.
This will be the first time South Brunswick and North Brunswick travel across the state line for the early season showcase.
In 2014, the squads from South Carolina edged North Carolina three games to two as South Florence defeated New Hanover in the finale.
“Our team is very pleased to be back at Doug Shaw Stadium for this unique football event,” said Stafford. “The event is continuing to grow and orchestrating five games in 48 hours will be a challenge that we all forward to tackling.
“I know the teams from North Carolina are looking forward to changing their fortunes this year, and having the current state champs Charlotte Christian battling the Seahawks from Myrtle Beach in the Saturday finale should be a tremendous game and one that could decide the overall championship.”
All three teams from Wilmington area are coming off season-opening victories, but South Brunswick has a short week after picking up a 43-42 victory over West Columbus on Saturday in a game that was moved to the weekend after thunderstorms the night prior.
“It’s a great way to start the season with a win and makes all the hard work from the offseason worth it,” said South Brunswick Coach Daniel Finn. “A short week makes it hard to change the game plan much from the week before, but our kids are excited about the opportunity to play a great program like Conway.”
New Hanover put up a combined 410 total yards in a 48-26 road win over Hoke County. Burke Estes went 12-of-19 for 165 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception, while University of Georgia commit Garrett Walston made six catches for 107 yards and one touchdown in the result.
North Brunswick battled through a lengthy lightning delay to grab a 28-19 victory at Whiteville.
Discounted tickets are now on sale at the Athletic Departments of all participating schools.
2015 Clash of the Carolinas Classic
Aug. 27: South Brunswick vs. Conway at 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 28: Wilmington New Hanover vs. Socastee at 8 p.m.
Aug. 29: North Brunswick vs. Marlboro County at noon
Aug. 29: Southeast Raleigh vs. South Florence at 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 29: Charlotte Christian vs. Myrtle Beach at 8:15 p.m.