Friday night football is back

High School football's new rules

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Friday night football is hours away! We have more than a dozen games kicking off tonight across our area.

This year, South Carolina high school teams have to follow a new set of rules.

The"Eight-Quarter Rule," is now banned in South Carolina High School football.

St. James Football Coach Robbie Brown said, until this ruling was put in place, high school players in the state could play eight quarters in one week. For example, a player could play four quarters in a Thursday JV game, and four more on Friday with the varsity team. Brown said it would be common for coaches to let their second string quarterback play earlier in the week, and be a back up to play on Friday nights.

Well, now, according to Brown, a player can only play 4 quarters in a week.

He said, the main reason behind this, is player safety. The less time on the field, the less likely a player can get hurt, hopefully cutting down the risk of concussions and other injuries.

The teams this could create problems for are smaller ones.

Extra Point Tailgate

Kickoff for most games in our area is at 7:30, Friday, but you can get your preview, on WMBF News.

Every Friday at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., WMBF sports director Joe Murano will be gearing you up for the nights games. Joe will be live at Wild Wing Cafe to talk previews, match ups, and food for the Extra Point tailgate.

Then on WMBF News at 11 Extra Point kicks off with its premiere show of the finest HD highlights from both the Grand Strand and the Pee Dee as high school football returns to the Palmetto State for another year.

The first Extra Point game of the week is Conway at Georgetown, and Damon Cutno will have a complete wrap-up of that one, as well.

You can also join WMBF News, Friday night, at Wild Wing Cafe at Barefoot Landing.

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