Brookland-Cayce ready for bounce back year

Brookland-Cayce opens its new stadium Friday night when they host Fairfield Central in week zero.

Cayce, S.C. (WACH)- The Brookland-Cayce Bearcats are ready for a new era in 2014.

The team opens its new football stadium on Friday when they host Fairfield Central in Week Zero, and while there is tons of excitement surrounding the team, head coach Rusty Charpia hopes his guys can focus on the task at hand once the game begins.

"Once the kickoff takes place, all the hoopla, the cheers and the beautiful turf won't matter because Fairfield Central is an excellent team," Charpia said.

The Bearcats are looking to rebound off the 2013 season where they started out 6-1, but dropped their final four games including a first-round exit in the playoffs.

"The mistakes we made down the stretch we feel we've corrected and we're really emphasizing region play this year," Charpia said.

Offensively, the Bearcats will look to replace Shrine Bowl quarterback and safety Zeke Walker, who now plays at Indiana. Charpia says he's confident in the guys he has.

"We feel pretty good about our chances," Charpia said. "We've got some guys who have played some important snaps for us returning."

BC and the Griffins kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday.