Friday, August 24, 2007

543 wins later, McKissick makes his ESPN debut

ESPN kicks off its coverage of the prep football season this weekend with a Florida-South Carolina doubleheader.

The feature matchup is at noon (EDT) between (National Prep Poll) Southeast No. 8 Miami Washington vs. East Coast No. 6 Summerville (S.C.). The game, which will be played in Berkeley, S.C., will be televised live on ESPN.

There are plenty of attractive storylines that the Bristol folks surely will seize upon during the course of the broadcast. Notably, Summerville's legendary coach, John McKissick. The 56-year coaching veteran has led the Green Wave to 10 state championships and has 543 wins -- the most in prep football history (or any level, for that matter.)

"That's something I've never done," McKissick said, referring to coaching in an ESPN game, in a Charleston Post and Courier story published on Friday.

There will also be plenty of top-notch players on the field to watch. Summerville is led by all-everything WR A.J. Green, a Georgia recruit, and his QB Reid McCollum, who will play at South Carolina.

Washington features blue chip DB Brandon Harris, son of head coach Tim Harris. A key player on the Rockets' offense is Miami recruit WR Davon Johnson. Both players are ranked among the top 50 recruits in Florida by

Game two of the Florida-South Carolina doubleheader will be televised at 4 p.m. (EDT) on ESPNU. It features Berkeley hosting First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.).

NOTE: Photo of John McKissick is courtesy of Jairy C. Hunter, MD, of

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