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Nickles announces AHS football schedule

It's official.

There WILL be high school football in Abbeville County in the fall, according to the South Carolina High School League.

Abbeville High School head football coach Jamie Nickles said last Thursday that a High School League appellate panel had been scheduled to discuss an appeal from Lexington County to move football, as a contact sport, to the spring, but Nickles said that the appeal had been dropped.

Nickles said, with fall football being given the go-ahead, that the Panthers will open things up with a scrimmage at Emerald on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m. followed by the WCTEL Kickoff Classic in Abbeville on Sept. 18, with teams to be announced.

On Sept. 25, the Panthers will visit Crescent, and then the following week AHS will be at home to face Liberty.

This will be followed by a trip to West Oak, and the following week, AHS will visit Ninety Six, and then will conclude the Region schedule at home with a game against Christ Church.

The following week will be a non-Region game against B-HP in Abbeville.

"We'll conclude the regular season at McCormick," he said.

There will only be two non-Region games instead of five.

"Normally, non-Region games first," he added, referring to the format of the past, but this year is different. "That's an unusual twist."

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