Swinney previews Flame-Wave battle

It’s Sam Wyche Food Fight Bowl week! If you are a Tiger fan and have not donated to your favorite school (Easley or Pickens High Schools), then you are off scholarship.

We only have “get things done right” kind of guys and gals around our Tiger den. It is “game on” for Pickens County Meals on Wheels! This game is special because it is the sixth annual Sam Wyche Food Fight Bowl.

The Flame and the Wave have battled each other for bragging rights since before Tiger/Gamecock games divided families.

Students from both schools are trying to out-raise the other for the right to hold the “Ultimate Food Fight Trophy” for the next 12 months.

The summer training is over, and it is time to see what the Pickens Blue Flame and the Easley Green Wave look like with this year’s edition.

Last year the Green Wave won on the field, but the Blue Flame won in the effort to financially support Pickens County Meals on Wheels. Remember, they serve approximately 250 shut-ins in every corner of Pickens County! Going into this sixth annual game, Pickens has the edge on the field by winning the first three years, but losing the last two outings. Pickens has outraised Easley by a margin of 4-0-1. The draw came a couple of years ago when both schools raised more than $30,000 each with the difference so close, no one was declared a loser.

Kickoff is at 8 p.m. this Friday at the Easley High Stadium. Get there early and don’t miss the special halftime race between the Wave Grasshopper Mower and Flame Grasshopper Mower. This race has already become a tradition to see who can out-yell the other side as the mowers and cheerleaders with flags race to the other goal line.

This continues to be high school’s equivalent of our rivalry with the Gamecocks each year. Can you feel the adrenalin kicking in?

I hope every Clemson Tiger fan will give. You need to suit up now and send your donation to: PCMOW, P.O. Box 184, Easley, S.C., 29641.

You can donate online, too. Just go to and pick your school to support. You can pay by PayPal or credit card, and make sure you do it by deadline time: noon on Friday.

Meals on Wheels needs your donations year round, so support the Food Fight Bowl and get All In!

 Dabo Swinney is the head football coach at Clemson University.