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We've all heard the expression "a picture is worth a thousand words". And photos really are a special way to help tell the story of our lives - who we are and what's important to us.

And, of course, some images speak to us more strongly than others. More often than not we love a photo not so much because it shows us how we look but because it captures a very human element that is hard to express in words – an authentic connection with those we love or with ourselves and how we show up or want to be seen in the world.

Whether you're looking to capture someone's attention with a professional headshot or want to commemorate the beautiful connection with your partner or family, I can help.

My name is Adam Chandler, and as a professional photographer in Hanahan, SC. I truly find joy and fulfillment in the work I do. I love the adventure of photography and I continually immerse myself in learning and exploring how to improve my craft which includes learning new ways to connect with and capture my subjects. I truly understand that, for many people (if not most), even the idea of having your picture taken can cause a good bit of discomfort and anxiety. That's why I place so much importance on putting my subjects at ease while also really listening to any concerns or wants they have for their session.

I draw upon my technical knowledge of photography, my ability to connect with people, and my creativity to produce beautifully memorable photos for my clients. I believe that my unique creative vision and many years of experience combined with the way I strive to give my clients the most enjoyable experience possible sets me apart from some of the other great photographers in Hanahan.

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Now that you know a little about my background, let's take a look at some of
my most popular photography services in Hanahan: My mission is to beautifully capture the joy and connection of each unique family while also creating a fun experience for my clients.

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The importance of family is hard to overstate. From children to grandparents to nieces and nephews, families and the family dynamic can grow and change before you know it, with many beautiful milestones taking place along the way.

I think that one of the best ways to remember some of these important moments of togetherness is with a fun family photo session.

I absolutely love photographing families and, while no two families are the same, I always strive to give each session my all in order to best connect with and capture the uniqueness of each family. Even though each session is somewhat different, I approach each one with the same goal: to capture the distinct personality, affection, and energy of each family in order to provide authentic, engaging pictures and a joyful experience.

Whether you have a toddler that you want to celebrate or have grandparents in town for a visit, Hanahan is an amazing city for family photography. There are so many locations in the Lowcountry that make for great family photography backdrops:

  • Beaches - Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island, Kiawah, Seabrook, Isle of Palms, Hilton Head, Edisto Beach
  • Popular Places - Washington Square, Broad Street, Hampton Park, Waterfront Park, Shem Creek, The Cistern at College of Hanahan
  • Historical Sites - Hanahan Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

Whatever location you choose for family photography in Hanahan, the Holy City is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy with friends and family.

As a family photographer in Hanahan, one of the reasons why I love working with families so much (in addition to getting to meet some really awesome people) is the opportunity to combine my creativity with my ever-evolving technical skill. I also gladly accommodate the style preferences my clients are looking for - be it more traditional, posed images, or candid, playful pictures.

I use a clear yet relaxed style of direction to get you and your family engaged in our photography session, to help get authentic expressions that really show the unique dynamic and relationships of each family.

Here are just a few reasons why families choose Adam Chandler Photography for their family portraits:

Document Family Growth

Change, of course, is part of life and with each passing year families, too, change and often grow. Each stage is beautiful in its own way and having annual family photographs is a fun way to document the different seasons of family life. Be it a new baby, a birthday or anniversary or simply wanting to capture your kids at each special age, I'd be honored to be chosen to help tell the story of your family over the years.

Remember Milestones

With each year that passes, new milestones are reached. From a child's first steps to a sibling getting married, there is no better way to remember these wonderful occasions than with quality photographs. Whether you're welcoming a new puppy into your life, are celebrating an anniversary or finally have gathered your extended family together in one place, capturing these special times in your life is a great way to ensure you'll be able to enjoy and relive these moments years from now.

Create Memories

Many families tell me before their sessions that it's not often that they are all able to be together and they emphasize how special and important this session is. Or, perhaps, a mom or dad will talk about how fleetingly special a certain age of their child is and how they really want to capture their children's personalities. Even if you capture lots of great moments of your family throughout the year it's likely not very often that all of you are in the pictures at once (other than maybe having a stranger tell you to "say cheese" after you hand them your phone. Having a time that's dedicated to capturing the special bonds between family members - parents and their children, grandparents and their grandchildren, siblings and maybe extended family as well - is so important. We all know just how special these people and moments are and how we tend to treasure these memories more with each passing year.

Portraits And Headshots In Hanahan, SC

A great headshot shows you at your best - whether you want to impress a prospective employer or need professional photography for your website. In today's digitally-intensive society, having a professional headshot or portrait of you or your team that stands out for all the right reasons is becoming a necessity. It's no surprise, then, that headshots and portraits are among the most popular genres of photography.

Headshots can be tricky, mostly because many (if not most) people don't like being in front of the camera (trust me, I totally get that). I know that for some clients, it can be hard to know what to do, what to wear or how to relax enough to let their authentic selves come through so that they can end up with a professional photo or headshot that inspires authenticity and confidence.

Fortunately, I have years of experience taking professional headshots of all types of people. No matter what your comfort level is with having your picture taken, I pride myself on being able to create the conditions necessary to help capture my clients as you want to be seen. Through lighting, posing and direct yet relaxed interaction I'll help guide you to great photos that you’ll be proud to showcase and share with others.

A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:

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Show Your Personality

Not all headshots should be approached the same way. Depending on your industry or how you'll be using the photos, there are certain things to consider. A great headshot reflects not just how you look but also how you show up in the world. It can help give people an idea of the kind of person you are before you sit down to meet them. Oftentimes, too, people may want a variety of "looks" to suit different needs and uses. My goal is to listen to your expectations and then deliver results that will serve you will in your professional and/or personal life.

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Show Your Professionalism

Clients, collaborators, investors, and employers are typically much more likely to interview you or to contact you or your business if you look professional. If you've taken the time to invest in your brand, in part by making the effort to arrange a professional headshot, people notice that. And who doesn't want to make a great first (or second or third) impression?

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Stand Out on Social Media

Many of my clients make appointments for headshots and portraits when they want to stand out from the crowd on social media. Whether you own a business and need to create new social media pages or you're looking to network with recruiters on LinkedIn or, perhaps, update your website, a professional headshot can definitely set you apart in the modern sea of selfies and snapshots that you often see out there.

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Show Off Your Current Look

None of us look the same as we did 10 or 15 years ago yet some of us keep the same photo up for decades. Having outdated headshots can send a message of inauthenticity. When you have up-to-date, professional headshots, you're showing clients and employers that you are confident, committed, and authentic.

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Qualities Of A Great Photographer In Hanahan, SC

Being a great photographer means more than owning fancy equipment. While having expensive gear can be quite helpful, the real test of a professional, for me, has a lot more to do with being able to draw upon my deep understanding of the craft of photography so that I can focus more on connecting with and beautifully capturing my subjects without getting bogged down in figuring out the technical side of things. It's taken me many years to get where I am and I'm always striving to improve in order to continue to deliver the best pictures and most enjoyable experience possible for my clients.

Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because my experience shows and they trust me to always give them the results and experience that they're looking for. Here are just a few qualities that my clients appreciate:

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Imagination

I wholeheartedly consider photography to be an artform - one that requires lots of curiosity and imagination along with a good bit of technique. A great photographer knows how to get beautiful results no matter what the conditions or circumstances are and this only comes with experience and preparation.

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Passion

This quality might seem obvious but I can't tell you how many times I've seen photography that may be technically good but is missing something. My passion for photography largely comes from my passion for connecting with people in a way that helps them feel comfortable letting their guard down so they can enjoy the process. And this almost always leads to exceptional, authentic images.

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Patience

Patience can also be essential for great photos. As in life, there are many things that we just can't control. Sometimes the best photos come from patiently going with the flow and not trying to force something to happen. I find that when I'm patient yet prepared - ready to capture the right moment or expression when the time is right - that's often the best approach. As a professional with many years of experience, I understand the importance of having the patience to deal with whatever comes my way as well as the flexibility and preparedness to make the most out of any situation.

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People Skills

If ever there was a business where people skills were important I think portrait photography is definitely one of them. Knowing how uncomfortable many people can be when getting their pictures taken, I put every effort into helping ensure the best possible experience for my clients and communication is such a big part of that. I love interacting with my clients to build trust and rapport as well as a deep understanding of your expectations including any concerns you may have. As I've said, for me my job is not just about delivering beautiful images but also a wonderful client experience. That's why I focus so much on each and every interaction with my clients. Yes, people skills are a must in this business. Luckily for me, it's one of my favorite parts of the job!

Eye for Detail

As a professional photographer in Hanahan, SC I am meticulous when it comes to details. Through my many years of photographing many different types of subjects under many different circumstances I've come to learn just how important details are. Whether it's finding or creating the best quality of light for my clients, eliciting a great expression or
adjusting the background or, perhaps, a piece of clothing, all of these things impact the overall look and feel of a photo. Whether I'm photographing a family, a business professional or a couple in love I always look for all the ways I can create the best image possible.

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"As I hope you can tell by looking at my work, I really love my job. And most of all I love the people I get to meet and work with. I'd be honored and delighted to be chosen for your photography needs."

Adam Chandler

Ready to Get Started?

One of my favorite things to do is to talk to clients about what they're looking for and how I can serve them. If you are in need of professional photography, let's talk today about what you have in mind. Whether you're looking for family or couples' photography in Hanahan or want great new headshots for you or your team, I'm here to help every step of the way!  

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High turnout rates during first year of early voting in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Just six days before the primary election day, Charleston and Berkeley County have some of the highest turnout numbers in the state during the first year of early voting.In both counties, people were flooding in and out casting their votes by the minute. Hanahan Library is one of three polling locations in Berkeley County that’s seeing a steady increase in voters day by day.“Berkeley County is getting good percentage coming out early,” Doreen Thompson, one of the polling managers at H...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Just six days before the primary election day, Charleston and Berkeley County have some of the highest turnout numbers in the state during the first year of early voting.

In both counties, people were flooding in and out casting their votes by the minute. Hanahan Library is one of three polling locations in Berkeley County that’s seeing a steady increase in voters day by day.

“Berkeley County is getting good percentage coming out early,” Doreen Thompson, one of the polling managers at Hanahan Library, said. “I can’t say overall how the percentage is, but for this area that we’re working right now, we’re getting fairly well.”

Records show that around 3 million people were registered to vote in 2020, but only about 22% of those people voted.

Isaac Cramer, the director of the Charleston County Board of Elections, is one of the main people in charge of making this happen.

“With our equipment and our poll managers and our training and our recruitment, we’re expecting a high turnout,” Cramer said. “Reality will probably be about that 20% number, but we are expecting a high turnout if that happens, so voters don’t have a long wait as they head into the polls.”

As of now, Charleston County has the fourth-highest number of early voters in the state. In 2018, only 1,700 people cast their votes in the first 30 days using in-person absentee voting. This year, the numbers have doubled to 3,600 in the first six days using early voting.

“Our intent with every election is to find access for every voter,” Cramer said. “So, Charleston, we’ve always led the state in ballots casts ahead of election day. We were actually the model for this legislation with the off-site early voting locations, but with the tight window of time between legislation passing and early voting starting, we weren’t able to expand to multiple locations across the county. But in November, we will have seven locations for early voting. So, we do anticipate this county to lead the state in early voting as we have had in the past.”

Cramer says that if you have not voted already, please visit scvotes.gov to find your polling location. He says he wants you to be best prepared on June 14.

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Boil water advisory issued for Cainhoy area after water main break

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston Water System has implemented a ‘boil water notice’ for the Cainhoy area due to a water main break.Approximately 1,600 customers are impacted by the advisory, including those who live and work between Martins Point Drive and Highway 41 bridge.Charleston Water System said the water main break occurred at Martins Creek.“The notice will remain in effect until water samples confirm the water is safe to drink. CWS will collect water quality samples to be taken to the...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston Water System has implemented a ‘boil water notice’ for the Cainhoy area due to a water main break.

Approximately 1,600 customers are impacted by the advisory, including those who live and work between Martins Point Drive and Highway 41 bridge.

Charleston Water System said the water main break occurred at Martins Creek.

“The notice will remain in effect until water samples confirm the water is safe to drink. CWS will collect water quality samples to be taken to the utility’s laboratory at the Hanahan Water Treatment Plant in Hanahan,” officials said.

Leaders say it will take 16 hours from the point when the lab finalizes its protocols until the test results are available. “If no bacteria are present within the samples, the advisory will be lifted,” they said.

Customers who may experience discolored water can clear it by running their cold taps for up to five minutes to clear it up. If it doesn’t clear up, simply call CWS Customer Service at (843) 727-6800.

While this notice is in effect, customers are required to:

• Boil tap water vigorously for at least one minute and then let it cool before using it for cooking, drinking, making ice, washing uncooked foods, brushing teeth, and giving to pets.

The minute starts once the water comes to a rolling boil.

• Children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are most likely to become sick if bacteria is present in the water.

• Water filters may not protect against bacteria. Check with the manufacturer, and if in doubt, boil your water.

• Throw away ice made during this advisory.

• Dishwashers and coffee makers do not get hot enough to kill bacteria.

• Tap water is safe to use for all other activities that do not include consumption.

For restaurants and food service establishments SCDHEC requires:

• If you cannot boil water and there is no other option, you MUST stop food service activities until the water is declared safe.

• Stop using appliances and equipment that use drinkable water including dish machines, ice machines, fountainheads, drinking fountains, tea brewers and coffee makers

• Use disposable paper, plastic or foam places, cups, forks, etc.

• Prepare food using water that has been boiled.

• Wash hands with water that has been boiled and cooled.

• Wash, rinse and sanitize pots, pans and other equipment with water that has been boiled and cooled.

South Carolina baseball coaches announce All-State teams. See who made the list

The South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association released their all-state teams and players of the year for all classes and statewide player of the year on Friday.Here is the complete listZac Cowan, Blythewood; Jay Dillard, TL Hanna; Braeden Harrison, Dorman; Tristan Smith, Boiling Springs; Beau Hollins, River Bluff; Luke Janack, Carolina Forest; Miller McGuire, Berkeley; PJ Morlando, Summerville; Ben Lumsden, JL Mann; Garrett Fulmer, Spartanburg; Adams Faucett,Dorman; Connnor Rasmussen, Fort Mill; Mathieu Curtis, Fort Mill; Cal...

The South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association released their all-state teams and players of the year for all classes and statewide player of the year on Friday.

Here is the complete list

Zac Cowan, Blythewood; Jay Dillard, TL Hanna; Braeden Harrison, Dorman; Tristan Smith, Boiling Springs; Beau Hollins, River Bluff; Luke Janack, Carolina Forest; Miller McGuire, Berkeley; PJ Morlando, Summerville; Ben Lumsden, JL Mann; Garrett Fulmer, Spartanburg; Adams Faucett,Dorman; Connnor Rasmussen, Fort Mill; Mathieu Curtis, Fort Mill; Caleb McCants, Blythewood; John Rollings, Blythewood; Davis Wright, Blythewood; Alex Nevils, Blythewood; Walker Mitchell, River Bluff; Todd Hudson, River Bluffl Nathan Hall, Lexington; Cole Long, Lexington; Kevin Samonsky, Dutch Fork; Josh McCusker, Carolina Forest; Nolan Alexander, Carolina Forest; Ryder Manale, Wando; Jackson Proctor, Berkeley; Chase Stryker, Ashley Ridge; Thayer Tavormina, Summerville

Noah Robinson Westside; Mavis Graves Eastside; Harrison Wilson Catawba Ridge; Shane Keup, Dreher; Grant Loggins, AC Flora; John Allen Forrester, Airport; Cam Canarella, Hartsville; Hogan Garner, James Island; Jake McCoy, Catawba Ridge; David Mershon, Eastside; Chance Hall, North Myrtle Beach; Keillor Osbon, James Island; Jake Sears-AC Flora; Aydin Palmer, South Florence; Trevor Testerman, Catawba Ridge; Max Branham, Lugoff Elgin; Owen French.James Island; Ellijah Tiller-Greenwood; Julian Scott, Irmo; Brody Fowler, Eastside; Phillips Daniels, AC Flora

Jacob McGovern, Seneca; Eli Hudgins, Powdersville; Wilson Wages, Clinton; Michael Lindler, Mid-Carolina; Skyler King, Brookland-Cayce; Landon DeLavan, Lakewood; T.J.; Anderson, Aynor; Jackson Sobel-Oceanside Collegiate; Harrison Crawford, Belton-Honaea Path; Brody Conn, Daniel; Gavin Troyer, Powdersville; AJ Cammarota, Blue Ridge; Ricky Montalvo-Chapman; Jeb Dawson-Broome; Jace Martin, Mid-Carolina; BJ Etheridge, Brookland-Cayce; Ty Marshall, Brookland-Cayce; Drew Johnson, Strom Thurmond; Trey Bright, Lake City; Michael Norris, -Marlboro County; Carson Krasula-Aynor; Hampton Spires, Aynor; Andrew Bowers, Oceanside Collegiate; Aryan Patel, Hanahan

Ty Price, Abbeville; Jesse Bowers-Landrum; Peyton Starkey, Gray Collegiate; Kyle Percival, Andrew Jackson; Jerry Sanders, Barnwell; Jake Herndon, Woodland; Jakobe Sims, Marion; Payne Davis, Ninety Six; Cade LInker, Crescent; Trent Delgado, Abbeville; Jacky Murphy, St. Joseph’s; Kolby Capps, Blacksburg; Brent Stukes, Gray Collegiate; Cade Bouknight, Batesburg-Leesville; Ashton Phillips, Andrew Jackson; Landon Peavy, -Andrew Jackson; Brody Sanders, Buford; Toby Troutman, Woodland; Grayson Mitchell, Philip Simmons; Surarian Harrison, Woodland; Tripp Williams, Philip Simmons; Coton Starling, Chesterfield; Collin Minshew, Latta; Dylan Shelley, Latta

Khalil Tolson-Southside Christian; Seth Morrow-Lewisville; Jarrett Wooten-Williston-Elko; Kyler Odom-East Clarendon; Colby Thorndyke-Green Sea-Floyds; Logan King-Charleston Math & Science; Van Herrington-Low Country Leadership; Bubba Lytle-Branchville; Carson Boleman-Southside Christian; Dalton Stroud-Green Sea-Floyds; Jace Avant-Johnsonville; Zack Hunt-Lake View; Wes Ard-East Clarendon; Jordan Gibson-Ridge Spring-Monetta; Jonathan Looper-Branchville; Nelson Vaughan-Southside Christian; Zander Poston-Hannah-Pamplico; Ben Coyle-Lewisville; Brandon Hershberger-Dixie; Cason English-Whitmire

All Classifications:Tristan Smith-Boiling Springs

Class 5A: Zac Cowan, Blythewood

Class 4A: Hogan Garner, James Island

Class 3A: Jacob McGovern, Seneca

Class 2A: Kyle Percival, Andrew Jackson

Class A: Colby Thorndyke, Green Sea-Floyds

This story was originally published May 13, 2022 12:25 PM.

Iron Horses football program wants to be ‘in conversation for championships’ every year

Last fall, the Philip Simmons High School football team produced one of the most successful campaigns in the Lowcountry and claimed the first region title in school history.The Iron Horses won 11 games and reached the third round of the Class AA playoffs. Two postseason victories were the first for Philip Simmons since the school’s doors opened in 2017 and the Iron Horses were the last team standing from the Berkeley County School District.Coach Eric Bendig’s bunch moves up to Class AAA this fall, though. While a sm...

Last fall, the Philip Simmons High School football team produced one of the most successful campaigns in the Lowcountry and claimed the first region title in school history.

The Iron Horses won 11 games and reached the third round of the Class AA playoffs. Two postseason victories were the first for Philip Simmons since the school’s doors opened in 2017 and the Iron Horses were the last team standing from the Berkeley County School District.

Coach Eric Bendig’s bunch moves up to Class AAA this fall, though. While a small Class AAA school by enrollment, the Iron Horses have seen their numbers go up on the football field each fall.

“The whole goal when we started the program was to put the program at a premier status,” Bendig said. “We want to be talked about and be in the conversation for championships.”

Bendig’s message to his team over the summer is seasons like 2021 are a by-product of the sweat equity put in during the hottest time of the year.

“We have a lot of kids back who played meaningful snaps,” Bendig said. “We have to make sure they know seasons like last year just don’t happen. You don’t just get a trophy for showing up. Since we’ve been here we’ve been cultivating a culture in the program that you have to earn what you want. If we want to continue our success, we’ve got to put in the work.”

The Iron Horses hit the ground running this month, trying to get dialed in to the best version of themselves for the 2022 campaign. There’s the obligatory running and weight lifting to speak of, and Philip Simmons will compete in three of Cane Bay’s 7-on-7’s in June. They line up against Wando, Lucy Beckham and Georgetown in four different 7-on-7 dates in July. The Iron Horses host the group July 21.

Certainly, it’s not real football and a 7-on-7 win means nothing, but Bendig appreciates the opportunity his guys get to compete wearing Philip Simmons colors.

“There are some coaches who don’t like it or bash it because it’s not real football but our mindset is these guys get a chance to go out there and line up against another team and gain some confidence,” Bendig said. “I’ve seen it with our kids over the years. I’ve seen guys get more comfortable in their skin. They mentally grow from all those reps. I know we’re going to come out of the summer 0-0 but if I’ve got a corner or receiver out there who is replacing somebody, it’s a competitive situation and they can get better and learn some things about themselves.”

Philip Simmons will need to replace quarterback Tripp Williams, who was an all-state pick and the Region 6-AA player of the year as a senior.

Williams passed for 1,570 yards and 22 touchdowns and added 12 more touchdowns and 328 yards on the ground last season. Multiple players are competing for the starting job.

Junior Isaac Schimpf returns in the backfield as an all-region player. He rushed for 747 yards and seven touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. Junior running backs Sharod Williams and Markellis Asbury combined for 856 yards on the ground and 11 touchdowns as sophomores.

On the outside, leading receiver Riley Beard, a rising senior, is coming off an all-state season. He grabbed 24 passes for 355 yards and eight touchdowns. Junior Troy Stevenson and senior Jacque Greene each snagged 13 passes and combined for 488 yards and six touchdown catches.

On the other side, Stevenson was all-region as a defensive back and made four interceptions.

Three more all-state players return in sophomore defensive lineman Devontay McNeil, junior defensive lineman Bryce Smalls and senior kicker/punter Griffin Gore.

Smalls and McNeil tallied 91 and 88 stops, respectively, and recovered five fumbles apiece. On special teams, Gore was successful on 51 extra points and seven field goals with 38 touchbacks and a 39.6 per-punt average.

“Even though we only graduated 12 seniors, all 12 of them were leaders and played a lot of meaningful downs,” Bendig said. “They were great leaders and workers. The way they helped bring up the young kids and guide the team was important.”

The first official practice for football season is slated for July 29, with scrimmages and jamborees allowed Aug. 4.

Squads can begin the regular season on Aug. 19 in Week 0, and Philip Simmons opens at Andrews.

The Iron Horses make the jump from Region 6-AA to Region 8-AAA as part of the most recent S.C. High School League realignment. Region foes include Beaufort, Battery Creek, Hanahan and North Charleston.

Beaufort is coming down from Class AAAA and played for the state championship last season. Hanahan handed Philip Simmons its lone setback in the 2021 regular season.

“The preparation and the things we have to put into it have always been the same,” Bendig said. “There are just some different teams in the region. For us it’s going to be business as usual. Obviously, Beaufort is a great program. Art Craig at Hanahan is as good a coach as there is. We’ve played North Charleston before. I’ve never played Battery Creek.”

Berkeley County schools take advantage of 7-on-7 opportunities

Getting somewhat of a sneak peek of your favorite high school football team isn’t all that difficult to do these days.June and July present a great deal of opportunities to catch some 7-on-7 games at stadiums all over the Lowcountry. One hot spot is Cane Bay High School every Thursday morning in June.Cane Bay, Goose Creek, Philip Simmons, Ashley Ridge, Andrews and Georgetown participated in the first of four 7-on-7 days on the Cobras’ practice fields for two hours June 9.Cobras coach Russell Zehr, whose progr...

Getting somewhat of a sneak peek of your favorite high school football team isn’t all that difficult to do these days.

June and July present a great deal of opportunities to catch some 7-on-7 games at stadiums all over the Lowcountry. One hot spot is Cane Bay High School every Thursday morning in June.

Cane Bay, Goose Creek, Philip Simmons, Ashley Ridge, Andrews and Georgetown participated in the first of four 7-on-7 days on the Cobras’ practice fields for two hours June 9.

Cobras coach Russell Zehr, whose program prefers power football versus throwing it all over the lot, called 7-on-7 necessary for Cane Bay. One, it breaks up the monotony of weight lifting and conditioning that goes on the rest of the week. Two, they’re on the hunt for some defensive backs this fall.

“We don’t want to throw the ball but if we can it makes our whole life better,” Zehr said. “This is good for our offense because we try to do a lot of play action and bootleg stuff. Nobody is biting on the run fake in 7 on 7 so that part is not realistic but working on timing is good for our offense. Defensively, we can’t duplicate what other people are doing so this is vital to help them compete.”

In a way, getting outside the school is a reward.

“We work them pretty hard Monday through Wednesday,” Zehr said. “Thursdays we still lift but this kind of makes it feel more like football. Our kids like it.”

Andrews High School football coach Scott Durham, who coached baseball and football at Goose Creek High School from 2004-13, appreciates the organization of the Cane Bay 7-on-7. It runs smooth and each squad typically gets four games in the two hours.

Games begin at 10 a.m.

Durham’s bunch is like Cane Bay, though. The Yellow Jackets love to gain three yards and see a cloud of dust, very similar to the Gators under Chuck Reedy when Durham was an assistant.

“It’s mainly for our defense,” Durham said. “We come down here so our defensive backs and linebackers can get a lot of reps in the passing game. They don’t get that in practice. We get to work on some stuff. Most of the coverages we see here we’re not going to see on Friday night but every now and then we’ll see something on third and long and this gives us a chance to work on it.”

The Yellow Jackets are scheduled to make the hour trip every Thursday and have been a mainstay at Cane Bay in the summer the last few years.

“The kids enjoy coming down here and competing,” Durham said. “It’s definitely a break from all the lifting and running. Our guys get some work out here ordinarily they wouldn’t get. You can get your younger guys out there and it can help them improve and show us something, maybe bump up their stock a little bit.”

Schools tentatively scheduled to compete in Cane Bay’s next 7-on-7 day on June 16 are Andrews, Ashley Ridge, Bishop England, Georgetown, Goose Creek, Lucy Beckham and Stratford.

The June 23 lineup is Cane Bay, Andrews, Ashley Ridge, Bishop England, Georgetown, Goose Creek, James Island, Lewisville, Lucy Beckham, Philip Simmons, Stratford and West Mecklenburg from North Carolina. Stall or Berkeley are possibilities if another team can’t make it.

It’s a free football fix. Generally, Cane Bay’s 7-on-7’s attract plenty onlookers.

“We love to have people out here watching,” Zehr said.

Goose Creek High School football coach Jason Winstead had an older group at Coastal Carolina June 9 and a younger crew at Cane Bay the same day. The split squad approach nets repetitions for substantially more players in the program.

“It lets us know who will compete,” Winstead said. “I’m going to take junior varsity players to as many places as we can. It helps keep them interested and playing against varsity teams is only going to help them. I heard they competed well.”

The Gators will also line up at Fort Dorchester against the Patriots June 14 and are set to compete at the University of South Carolina June 17. Fort Dorchester makes a return trip to Goose Creek July 14.

Stratford also made the trip to Coastal Carolina June 9 and will go to the University of South Carolina June 24 before hosting Ashley Ridge July 14.

Hanahan is hosting some 7-on-7 action June 22 and June 29.

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