Chester 2016 schedule

August: 20 at Westwood; 26 Franklin Christian

September: 2 Keenan; 9 Lancaster; 16 at Lower Richland; 23 Carolina Pride; 30 Indian Land

October: 7 at Columbia; 14 Camden; 21 at Fairfield Central; 28 Open


Back where they belong

In Region 3-3A the last two years, Chester played schools like Lancaster and South Pointe that had as many as 500 more students enrolled. That led to some obvious depth disparities that told on the Cyclones, especially in the first year of Victor Floyd's second reign at the school.

Region 4-3A fits Floyd's program much better with the difference between the biggest and smallest school around 200 students. Chester will again have more quality than quantity, but Floyd - whose team will wear navy helmets in 2016 - thinks the Cyclones will be better ready to compete this fall because of more emphasis on the weight room and the more reasonable competition.