Lancaster 2016 schedule

August: 19 at Indian Land; 26 Open

September: 2 Fort Mill; 9 at Chester; 16 at Nation Ford; 23 Lugoff-Elgin; 30 at Westwood

October: 7 at Richland Northeast; 14 at South Pointe; 21 York; 28 Ridge View

Ready for the test

Lancaster could have been critiqued for playing an easier schedule the first two years of coach Bobby Collins' reign, but the Bruins won 16 games those two seasons and have a rebuilt confidence.

That should help headed into a brutal, new Region 3-4A that features York County powers South Pointe and York. Lancaster swapped the smaller schools in its non-region schedule - Andrew Jackson and Lewisville, among others - with Fort Mill, Nation Ford, Indian Land and Lugoff-Elgin, all bigger schools that are less than an hour's drive.

Collins has a good team returning and may feel the Bruins are ready for a heavier test this fall.