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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Week Zero Wrap-Up

What Happened: The Panthers left no doubt when the horn sounded Friday night at Wilson-Campbell Stadium in Ninety Six, as to who was the #1 team in Class AA. Abbeville, whom allowed Ninety Six to drive the length of the field on Ninety Six’s very first possession, put the clamps down on the Wildcat offense the rest of the night. The Wildcats mustered very little production after scoring a field goal on their opening drive.

The Panthers did not waste time putting points on the board as Bryce Jackson hit Dooley Sanders on a screen pass, only to watch the speedster out run everyone for a 39 yard touchdown run. On the Wildcats next possession, Nate Temple tips the ball at the line of scrimmage and Tyrese Paul comes down with the interception. The Panthers started their 2nd drive at the Ninety Six 30 yard line. AHS punched the ball into the endzone a few plays later as Courtney Jackson, who scored three touchdowns on the night, walked into the endzone.

The Turning Point:  Gabe Calhoun scoops up a Wildcat fumble on the very next possession and returns it 59 yards for a Panther touchdown. The Panthers led 21-3 with 8 minutes left in first half.

When It Was Over: Early. A fake field goal, ran in for a touchdown by Junior Rapley just before halftime put the Panthers on top 27-9 and that was as close as the score would be the rest of the night.

Final Thoughts: Even though the Panthers are 41-13-1 all time versus Ninety Six, the electricity was thick in the air Friday night. This game is a rivalry, and a lopsided one as portrayed by the 54-16 final score. The fans showed up in full force to watch the game as it was standing room only, nearly an hour before kickoff. Another evident fact is there are some real burners on the Abbeville team this year. Speed, speed and more speed. More than once, a Panther running back or receiver would get glimpse of daylight and you could feel the entire stadium stand to their feet and hold their breath.

What’s Next: The Panthers will travel to Woodruff this coming Friday Night. Kickoff is 7:30pm. Woodruff defeated AC Flora in a shootout 53-45. Check back later this week for a preview of A-Town vs Woodruff.

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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Week Zero – at Ninety Six

As famed UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer would say, “It’s TIMEEEEE”. Game week is upon us and the greatest time of the year, football season, is merely hours away. Here in the south we have four seasons. Spring, Summer, Football, and Winter. It’s a way of life and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Let’s look at the match up that we’ll witness Friday night between the back to back defending AA State Champs, the Abbeville Panthers and the Ninety Six Wildcats.

Ninety Six is welcoming in new coach Andre Woolcock, and numbers are up for the Wildcats this season. Woolcock has brought in a renewed enthusiasm. The WildcatsNinety%20Six finished a disappointing 2-9 last season. Coach Woolcock is trying to get the returning players to forget about that forgettable season and look forward. Starting quarterback Chad Fairey, a Clemson baseball commit, will be leading the Wildcat offense this year. The strong armed signal caller will have some weapons around him as well. Braden Bolt will get a ton of carries for the Wildcats and Kentavius Williams, a junior wide receiver should be the key target in the Wildcat air attack. Ninety Six hung tough with a 14-7 loss to Greenwood in the WCTEL Kickoff Classic at Hite Stadium a couple of weeks ago, and they trounced Fox Creek in the Greenwood Jamboree. Already, the Wildcats are looking stronger out of the gates. Bennie Williams will be counted on in the trenches and look for Evan Keller to be in on most of the tackles from his linebacker position.

The Panthers are riding a long unbeaten streak, back to back state championship wins and a ton of preseason hype. Bryce Jackson will lead a Panther offense that has a stable of running backs capable of going the distance with every touch. Junior Rapley, Courtney Jackson, Jermaine Blackwell and Dominick Washington will get their fair share of carries this year. Each one trying to out rush the other. Competition within themselves seems toAbbeville be a driving factor for the Panther running backs. Malik Washington and “Dooley” Sanders will be the field stretching long ball threats this season. Starting two sophomores on the offensive line may take the Panthers a game or so to completely gel and be on the same page. Defensively the Panthers will be leaning on “Whooty” Goodwin, Nate Temple, Tyrese Paul and Charles Holback to make plays and slow down the Ninety Six offensive attack.

The Panthers know they have a target on their back. Every team they play wants to be the team that finally beats Abbeville. Can Ninety Six be the one? Is this Panther team mature enough to know how to turn it on when it matters? We’ll find out when toe touches leather at 7:30 Friday night.

Tune in to WZLA 92.9fm every Friday at 6:30pm for the WCTEL Panther Tailgate Show, the Jamie Nickles Coaches Show will follow at 7pm and then live play by play action at 7:30. If you’re not in the area or want to stream the game, you can do that, worldwide, by downloading the FREE app on your smart phone, tablet or computer. The app is called “STREEMA – Simple Radio”. Search WZLA once inside the app and you’ll be able to listen to every Panther game, all season long.

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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Finally, It’s Game Week

The slow, painful, football-less July is behind us. The summer practices and scrimmages are behind us. The jamboree season is over.  It’s game week and it couldn’t get here soon enough. This coming Friday night, the Abbeville Panthers will open their 100th year of football with a road trip to Ninety Six to take on the Wildcats. We’ll do a complete game one preview later in the week. Today I wanted to share the starting line up that you will see on the field this coming Friday night. This is your Week Zero starting line up.


QB #3 Bryce Jackson

RB #23 Jermaine Blackwell – #22 Coutney Jackson – #8 Junior Rapley

WR #24 JaBryan Sanders

TE #5 Charles Holback

RT #51 Griffin Lewis

RG #54 Jacob Stone

C #62 Connor Nickles

LG #72 Jake Hill

LT #75 Trai Jones

And now for your Defensive starting line up

FS #14 David Cobb

SS #4 Malik Leach

CB #2 Kentavious Leach and #11 Ravon Bobo

LB #27 Tyrese Paul – #5 Charles Holback – #32 Charleton “Whootie”Goodwin – #34 Dee Graham

DE #35 Malek Blackwell & #6 Nate Temple

DT #53 Jihad Washington & #68 CJ Rayford

Punter, Kicker, and Kickoff Specialist #41 Dylan Beauford

There is your starting line up for Week Zero versus Ninety Six. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm.

You can tune into WZLA 92.9fm or the Streema-Simple Radio app (free to download) to listen to the gameday coverage starting at 6:30pm each and every Friday during the season.

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Panthers News · Eight Great Fundraising Ideas for Booster Clubs – Presented by VNN

New jerseys, gear, entry fees, retreats – the wish list of opportunities to improve your teams is long, and often, the ways to finance them are short. While there’s no perfect one-size-fits-all fundraiser for every community, good inspiration is the first step.

Whether its your booster club, team, or program looking to raise funds and increase school spirit, here’s a few of our favorite ideas that we’ve seen across the network:

Jail-N-Bail – DeSoto High School (KS)

$10 files a warrant to arrest members of the community with phony allegations like “impersonating a golfer,” “failure to yield at the end of a sentence,” and “wearing pants way too high.” Once served with the warrant for their ‘arrest,’ the jailbirds are placed in a jail cell, a mug shot is taken, and they must call family/friends to raise bail.

Cheerleading Day – Pickens High School (SC)


Blue Flame cheerleaders dedicated their time to teach younger members of the community motion drills, jump technique, stunting fundamentals and sideline spirit in a day camp for a donation to the program. The campers, led by the PHS cheerleaders, performed a showcase at the conclusion of camp.

Lap-a-Thon – Gilmer High School (GA)


Anyone who has ever ran distance before knows that the hardest part isn’t necessarily the physical aspect, but the mental component of the sport, and in true Cross Country fashion, the Bobcats’ ‘hardest fundraiser,’ forces participants to run for an hour and a half around the track without stopping, with the main goal of seeing who can run the most laps consecutively in that time. Each lap ran accumulates money from sponsors, and all proceeds go towards funding the team.

Lift-A-Thon – Avon Lake (OH)

Earlier this Summer, the Shoremen football team held their 26th annual lift-a-thon, where players perform their max in 4 lifts, including the squat, hang clean, bench press, and deadlift in front of a crowd. Donations could be made in a player’s name, or to the team generally. Whittier Christian (CA) has a similar event coming up, the Push-Up-a-Thon, and Gilmer.

3 v. 3 Soccer Tournament – Roy High School (UT)

In the warm up to the Utah Spring Season, the Roy Royals Boys Soccer team held a 3v3 soccer tournament. At $20 per player, it was billed as a tune up for the year’s games across all levels, with teams starting at age 6 through adult.

Home Run Derby – Desert Ridge High School (AZ)


To help assist a teammate with unforeseen medical costs, the Jaguars held a home run derby. Split into two age groups, “19 and over” and “18 and under,” participants paid $20 to hit baseballs out of the park. The total raised, including raffles, auctions, and concessions, was $2,671!

Top Golf – Lakota West High School (OH)

Instead of practicing their own sport, the Firebirds of Lakota West held a fundraiser at the local West Chester Top Golf branch. At $100 per golfer, the cost included heavy appetizers, soft drinks, and visits from Lakota West NFL alumns Jordan Hicks (Philadelphia Eagles) and Ryan Kelly (Indianapolis Colts).

Local Restaurant EventsErie (CO), Lowell (MI), Westonka (MN)

If there’s one thing everyone loves, it’s food. Several schools connected with local restaurants and held fundraisers there. Whether the deal was for a portion of the day’s earnings donated back to the school (Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings are good national candidates for this), an ‘all-you-can-eat’ Belgian Waffles special, or selling coupons, this idea is a simple turn-key way to start earning.

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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Greenwood Jamboree Info

Jamboree season will come to an end for the Panthers when the final whistle blows on Thursday night at Babb Stadium in Greenwood. The annual Greenwood Jamboree will get started at 6pm on THURSDAY August 10th. The Panthers will not practice Friday and will begin their regular season game prep on Monday August 14th at 3pm.

The Greenwood Jamboree will feature eight teams and they will play in this order.

6pm Fox Creek vs Ninety Six

7pm Emerald vs Greenville

8m Abbeville vs McCormick

9pm Brookland-Cayce vs Greenwood

A full wrap up of the Greenwood Jamboree will be posted later this week… and, finally… Our Week Zero coverage will begin next Monday Aug 14th.

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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · WCTEL Kickoff Classic

Can we all collectively give a big round of applause to West Carolina Tel for an outstanding event last night?! Having a major corporation such as WCTEL in our community is a huge asset. Their relentless effort of giving back is just short of amazing. So, before we get into the heart of this article I just wanted to say kudos to WCTEL for another outstanding kickoff classic! It doesn’t go unnoticed and we appreciate the men and women of that fine corporation.

Now to the football.

Wow. That really sums how many people felt as they filed out of Hite Stadium Friday night. The Panthers looked to be in mid-season form, and Friday night was only their third

WCTEL Kickoff Classic Logo.
WCTEL Kickoff Classic Logo.

day in full pads. The aggressive nature of this Panther team was evident from the very start.

Abbeville took the opening kickoff and marched 70 yards right down the field, and scored with ease. Senior quarterback Bryce Jackson scored the first touchdown of the night. Jackson rushed 9 times for 61 yards with a touchdown in the contest. He was also 2-5 for 40 yards in the air. Jackson didn’t play the whole scrimmage as the Panthers looked to be well in control of the outcome from the onset. Junior Rapley carried the ball 3 times for 39 yards(13 yds per carry). Dominick Washington had 8 carries for 37 yards. Cruz Temple had 2 carries for 6 yards and the last touchdown on the night. As a team the Panthers totaled 31 carries for 172 yards (5.5 yards per carry) in the 24 minute contest.

The offense, while committing a few too many penalties, which is expected in the first Jamboree of the season, looked fast and physical versus their 3A Newberry counterparts.

Defensively the Panthers were suffocating. The Panther defense only allowed two Bulldog first downs and recorded a safety in the contest. The Panther front 7 controlled the line of scrimmage and applied serious pressure on the Bulldog quarterback. They clogged the running lanes and dominated the bigger Newberry offense for the entire scrimmage. A 16-0 Panther victory left the Garnet and Gold clad faithful with a big smile on their faces Friday night.

So, what’s next? Practice Monday, and then a scrimmage versus Lexington High on Tuesday. Lexington is coached by Perry Woolbright, who was the head coach at Batesburg last season. The Panthers will play in the Greenwood Jamboree this coming Thursday night. Check back for updates and a preview of the Greenwood Jamboree this coming week.

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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · The Hogmollies

Think about some endearing names you might call your loved ones. Honey, baby, sweetie. You probably would never think to call your special someone a Hogmollie. You might come away with a black eye, right? Well there’s one group of young men who want nothing more than to be called a Hogmollie. Being a Hogmollie is almost like being in a fraternity. Offensive linemen never get the spot light, unless they are called for a holding penalty, or for jumping offsides. You are in the trenches every play, on the line of scrimmage, and the Hogmollies set the tone for the entire team.

Think about it.

2017 Abbeville Offensive Line

You can have the best quarterback in the country, the fastest running backs in the world, all the pieces of a dynamic offense that you could possibly have…And if your offensive line is not very good, the rest doesn’t matter at all. Everything starts up front with the Hogmollies. Quarterbacks need time to set their feet, find an open receiver and deliver a pass. The Hogmollies are responsible for keeping that Quarterback on his feet. They are responsible for keeping defensive pressure off of him, giving him a clean view of the field so he can find a lane to throw the ball. It wouldn’t matter if Usane Bolt was your running back, if the Hogmollies are not doing their job, opening up running lanes, moving massive piles of defenders, those running backs are going to get hit and more than likely, they are going to lose yards.

A good offensive line can make a good offense, great and a great offense always begins with the guys up front. The Hogmollies. Now, you can’t be soft and be a Hogmollie. There may be a string of 5, 6, 7 plays where some positions on the field won’t get hit at all. Zero contact. That is never the case for a Hogmollie. Every game, every play, a Hogmollie is hitting someone. The great ones have a nastiness about them. A mean streak. The kinda guy that you wouldn’t want to get in a street fight with. Some coaches would say that you have to have a guy with “some dawg in ya” or a “war daddy”. It’s a streak of aggression and a will to win, a will to whip the guy in front of you That, is what it takes to be a Hogmollie.

Abbeville offensive line coach Wayne Botts was a Hogmollie, and a darn good one. He is20170803_105411 now in charge of putting the best five on the field this season and he has a good cast of Hogmollies to choose from. Connor Nickles, Griffin Lewis, Trey Jones, Jake Hill, DeMichael Williams, Tyrese Harrison, Jacob Stone,  Carson Smith and Dae Dae Bowie will suit up for the Panthers this season and take on the coveted role of Hogmollies. You’ll see some combination of these guys protecting the Quarterback and opening up running lanes for the Running backs this season. So the next time you see a Hogmollie, shake his hand. He’s battling every snap to make the Panthers great.


The WCTEL Kickoff Classic is tomorrow, Friday August 4th at Hite Stadium-Dennis Botts Field. The games will start at 6pm. Abbeville plays Newberry in the 3rd game of the evening. Get there early and grab a good seat.


“It’s All About the ‘A’ will be on sale starting at 530 inside the stadium. This book covers the 100 year history of Abbeville Football. Pre-sales are SOLD OUT and you can only get your copy at the game.

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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · It’s Officially Football Season


Dylan Beauford boots an extra point attempt during Summer Practice.
Dylan Beauford boots an extra point attempt during Summer Practice.

About sixty Abbeville High School student athletes gathered on the practice fields behind Hite Stadium-Dennis Botts Field this morning at 10am for the first official practice of the 2017 season. The Panthers, as mandated by state law, only practiced in helmets and shorts for about two hours under mostly sunny skies. The temperature inched past 90 degrees while the back to back state champion Panthers were going through their drills. Oblivious to any historical ramifications, these high schoolers are embarking on a season that very well could rewrite the record books at Abbeville High. But why think about that? Why not just go play ball, which is exactly what they did.


The special teams units were the first to grab some time on the plush green turf. Punting, punt coverage and long snapping was the focus early on. The teams split into position groups while the extra point team practiced the snap, hold and kick. The team then rallied around Head Coach Jamie Nickles for a quick team meeting and prayer.

Coach Nickles told his team

“Guys, this is day one! The season starts today. There are games from here on out. Do not be late. Do not miss a practice. If you miss a practice you will not play that week. It’s time to get focused and get after it. Now, a family that prays together….(the whole team 20170728_113306chants) STAYS TOGETHER!”

Coach Nickles led the team in a quick prayer and off they went..

The team then broke into offensive and defensive groups on separate ends of the field and started running through scripted plays.

A few things jumped off the page to me while watching practice today. The offensive line could have three sophomore starters. That is very young for a Panther O-Line. An official depth chart will be released in the next week or so. Their could be as many as eight offensive linemen see significant action this fall as well. Depth is the name of the game and other than one or two guys, there is not a ton of separation in that group.

Another observation is the usually run heavy Panther offense will be very capable of stretching the field through the air this year. Bryce Jackson has a cannon of an arm, and he’s got some weapons to choose from. You’ll hear the names Dooley Sanders and Malik Washington mentioned many times this year. If speed kills, these guys are snipers. They have good body control and they attack the ball when it’s in the air.

Remember that the WCTEL Kickoff Classic is one week from today. Friday, August 4th at Hite Stadium-Dennis Botts Field. The FREE…let me repeat that…FREE tailgating starts at 5pm on the practice field. Bouncy houses, face painting, hot dogs, drinks, everything…FREE. The games will start at 6pm. Parking available at Grace United Methodist for a $5 donation.

AND…Book Cover

Get your copy of “It’s All About The A” inside Hite Stadium starting at 5:30pm. The book covers the 100 years of Abbeville Football and so much more. You can also meet the oldest living Panther player, Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, Horace Beauford.

God Bless and Go Panthers!



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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Way Too Early Prediction Part 3

Today, we sit just two weeks away from the unofficial kickoff of the 2017 football season as the WCTEL Kickoff Classic is coming up on August 4th. Hang in there guys, we’re almost there!

Today I’m going to look at the last four regular season games on the schedule and give my Way Too Early Predictions. Let’s get started.

Week Six: A-Town vs Hartsville @ Newberry College

What a game this turned out to be last year. At the time Hartsville was ranked #1 in AAAA and boy did they look the part. They were big, fast and arrived at Newberry College with some attitude. There was some chatting going on pre-game from the Red Fox players. And it wasn’t, “Hey, nice to meet you. How’s your family?” or “Boy I hope it’s a good game tonight” The big AAAA Red Foxes were a little over confident and obviously didn’t know that A-Town hartsvilledoesn’t get intimidated by the number of A’s or the ranking beside your name. We all know that David slayed Goliath in the Old Testament and, it happened again on that September night in Newberry as the Panthers took down the AAAA power 32-21. Hartsville had averaged 50.5 points per game and over 300 yards rushing prior to the contest. A bar that was never reached vs. the nasty Panther defense.

What to expect: Unless the Red Foxes have short term memory loss, they will be out for revenge. They see last year’s defeat as a loss to an inferior opponent and an embarrassment. They over looked Abbeville last season and I fully expect Hartsville to come out swinging. Will it matter? Abbeville exposed some weaknesses offensively and defensively on the bigger Hartsville team. I know it’s cliché, but expect a game for the ages on September 29th. You might want to get to Newberry College a couple hours early for this one. This will be a game that you’ll remember for years to come.

Prediction: A-Town 21 – Hartsville 20

Week Seven A-Town @ Liberty

The Panthers will have to heal quickly after what’s sure to be a tough physical game vs Hartsville as they hit the road to take on the third team of Red Devils this season. Last year Liberty had a great season. They finished 8-5 and made it to the 3rd round of theliberty playoffs before losing to Saluda. A tough senior laden defense was their calling card last year. The Panthers haven’t lost to Liberty since 1989, which is a 15 game winning streak versus the Red Devils. Last year they won 31-0 and squashed the Red Devils hopes of a Region championship.

What to expect: Honestly, much of the same. The Panthers, by this point in the season will be looking at this game, the first Region game of the year, as a business trip. You go down the road, take care of business and come back home. A stifling defense, a ball control offense mixed in with a big play here and there will spell success for the Panthers.

Prediction: A-Town 30 – Liberty 6

Week Eight Southside Christian @ A-Town

The second Region game of the year for Abbeville and they will know what to expect going into this one. The Sabers like to throw it around the yard and the Panthers had a SSChard time putting them away last year. The game was closer maybe than it should have been, until the Panthers got a key interception and put the nail in the coffin. Southside’s first trip to Hite Stadium may not be a very hospitable one.

What to expect: After giving up some yards and points through the air last season, I expect the Panther defense to rush the quarterback and play tight in the defensive secondary. All the while, allowing their offense to chew up yards and the clock. If SSC throws a pick or two, this one could get ugly. The Panthers could potentially wrap up a 26th region championship on this night, inside Hite Stadium.

Prediction: A-Town 52 – SSC 14

Week Nine Ninety Six @ A-Town

I’ll be honest. I don’t love the book end schedule. It’s hard to beat a team once. It’s definitely hard to beat a team twice in the same season. I’d rather open the season with a gimme game, like they do in college football, but scheduling is tough and there’s not a ton of teams chomping at the bit to play the Panthers in the non-region portion of their schedule. So, this game is the one that really counts. But, for a rivalry game like Abbeville/96, they all count. This one will definitely have playoff and region championship implications. A Panther win could mean home field throughout the playoffs, another trophyNinety%20Six in the trophy case and bragging rights for another year.

What to expect: If you’ve read all of these prediction articles, you can see that I have the Panthers undefeated headed into this game. And when the final whistle blows about 9:30pm on Friday October 27th, I fully expect the Panthers to wrap up an undefeated regular season, capturing their 26th region championship and going wire to wire as the #1 team in AA. When the train gets’ta rollin, it’s hard to stop. Look for your typical Panther performance. Tough, physical, hard hitting defense. Fast, physical, smart, offense. The Panthers will roll in this one and start the 4th phase of the season. The Championship Phase.

Prediction: A-Town 38 – Ninety Six 12

That wraps up our Way Too Early Prediction articles. Keep an eye out for more articles as the season approaches. The Panther coaches are attending coaching clinics the first part of next week. Regular season practice will being next Friday as the Panther will put pre-season work outs behind them and start prepping for the season.

Don’t forget to come to the WCTEL Kickoff Classic on Friday August 4th. The FREE tailgating will begin on the practice fields behind Hite Stadium at 5pm with the games to follow at 6.


“All About the A: Faith, Family, Football, Forever to Thee” a book about the 100 year history of Abbeville Panther Football will be available, inside Hite Stadium at 5:30pm. Get your autographed copy there! And you can meet the oldest living Panther, Horace Beauford, a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient from WWII.

God Bless and Go Panthers!