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League extends 2018 prep football regular season

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By The Staff

The 2018 South Carolina high school football regular season now has an additional week.

The S.C. High School League Executive Committee voted 18-0 on Sept. 18 to extend the 2018 regular season high school football season to Nov. 2.

Games postponed last week related to the impact of Hurricane Florence will now be played Nov. 2.

The S.C. High School League playoffs are now scheduled to begin Nov. 9, instead of Nov. 2 as originally scheduled. The 2018 S.C. high school regular season was scheduled to end Oct. 26 before the changes were made.

The state championship games for Class A and Class AA schools will be played Dec. 7 at Benedict College in Columbia.

The Class AAA, AAAA and Class AAAAA state championship games will be played Dec. 8 at the University of South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.

Some 50 high school football games were canceled the week of Sept. 9-15 due to the expected impact of Hurricane Florence, including one area school, Great Falls at Dixie High School in Due West.

All Lancaster County schools were able to play their games two days earlier that week on Wednesday night.

More games were impacted the following week with flooding and schools closed in the Pee Dee region of the state, including Chesterfield County.

With the prep football season extension, the Class AAA, AAAA and AAAAA state championship games will be played the same day as the annual North-South All-Star football game in Myrtle Beach on Dec. 8.

The annual Shrine Bowl All-Star football game, which features the Carolinas’ top senior players, is scheduled for Dec. 15 in Spartanburg at Wofford College.

In 2015 and 2016, weather-related events forced the S.C. High School League to extend the football regular seasons.

The 2016 season was extended two weeks with the state championship games played the same day as the Shrine Bowl game.

The 2018 Shrine Bowl game could also be impacted due to games in North Carolina reset due to related flooding, damage and school closings there.