Wolverines prepare for home scrimmages, Kickoff Celebration

One week of practice in the books. A busy week on and off the field ahead for Polk County’s football program.

A pair of home scrimmages and the program’s annual kickoff celebration fill the calendar for the upcoming week. Head coach Bruce Ollis, staff and players are also still working to sign up more fans for the team’s Wolverine 12th Man and also are looking for a few more players to be able to have a junior varsity team this season.

All of that while also gearing up for the August 20 season opener with Newton-Conover.

Busy times around the Polk County field house, but good ones, according to Ollis.

“Practice has been going well,” he said. “The players have shown a lot of intensity. It’s a good group to work with.”

Polk County fans will have two opportunities this week to see that group in G.M. Tennant Stadium. Polk will host its annual Wolverine Jamboree scrimmage on Wednesday at 6 p.m., with Kings Mountain, Maiden and North Henderson participating. The format of the Jamboree will be the same as in years past with all four teams in action at the same time, two on one half of the field and two on the opposite end. Admission is $5 and tickets can be purchased on GoFan. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the gate.

“That’s three pretty good football teams,” Ollis said. “That should be a great evening of high school football.”

With construction impacting Dietz Field in Hendersonville, the Bearcats’ planned scrimmage on Friday has been moved to Tennant Stadium. That’s now being called Wolverine Jamboree II, will also kick off at 6 p.m. and will feature Polk County facing Eastside, S.C. and Hendersonville facing Tuscola. Teams will play a full half in game conditions. Full concessions will be available at both jamborees.

Tickets for Wolverine Jamboree II are also available on GoFan.

The program will then shift gears on Saturday as the annual 12th Man Kickoff Celebration takes place. The event is set for 6 p.m. in the Caitlyn Farms Event Center in Mill Spring.

Tickets for the event are $100 per couple and include food and drinks, entertainment and the chance to win door prizes, including a $1000 cash prize. Marty Chupp is providing the meal, Johnny Edney and Friends are providing the music and Ollis will provide a preview of the season as well as help emcee the evening. A silent auction will also be held.

Tickets can be purchased at Southern Manners and Wolverine Pizza in Columbus.

The Wolverine 12th Man is also still accepting applications for membership. An application can be downloaded below and returned to Polk County High School, and the 12th Man will also have a table at the upcoming scrimmages and the Kickoff Celebration. Memberships range from $15 to $500. Applications are also available in the PCHS main office and the football field house.