There have been many advancements in football through the years.
In 1900, Auburn sent John Heisman (an early advocate of the forward pass) to Clemson to elevate the football program there, setting the foundation so that Clemson could take down - over and over again - Alabama more than 100 years later.
Later leather helmets were added, with improved designs every generation or so. In more recent times, the NCAA has set up the College Football Playoff, which everyone from Ohio State to the aforementioned Clemson and Alabama programs have enjoyed at the end of the past five seasons.
Now, the first SCISA Football Media Poll in history has been released.
In the T&D Region, Dorchester Academy got votes in Class A play, while Summerton's Clarendon Hall School (with many players from Orangeburg County) is at No. 2 in the 8-man ranks, followed at No. 3 by Andrew Jackson Academy.
Many sports media members throughout the Palmetto State were invited to vote in the weekly poll. Current voters include the following: Dennis Brunson (sports editor at The Item), Scott Chancey (prep sports writer at The Morning News), Lou Bezjak (prep sports coordinator at The State), David Shelton (prep sports correspondent for The Post & Courier), Justin Jarrett (LowcoSports.com owner/editor and former sports editor at The Island Packet) and Chris Clark (sports editor at The Times & Democrat).
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Media Preseason Poll
Class 3A - 1. Hammond (6), 2. First Baptist School, 3. Porter-Gaud, 4. Laurence Manning Academy, 5. Cardinal Newman School. Others receiving votes: Ben Lippen, Heathwood Hall.
Class 2A - 1. Florence Christian School (6), 2. Trinity-Byrnes, 3. Hilton Head Christian Academy, 4. Robert E. Lee Academy, 5. Hilton Head Prep. Others receiving votes: Greenwood Christian, John Paul II.
Class A - 1. Thomas Heyward (6), 2. Pee Dee Academy, 3. Dillon Christian School, 4. Carolina Academy, 5. Bethesda Academy (Ga.). Others receiving votes: Dorchester Academy, Colleton Prep.
8-man - 1. Beaufort Academy (5), 2. Clarendon Hall School, 3. Andrew Jackson Academy, 4. Jefferson Davis Academy, 5. W.W. King Academy. Others receiving votes: St. John’s Christian, Wardlaw Academy, Richard Winn Academy.