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SCHSL pushes back high school football season

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina High School League announced on Tuesday that it will push back the regular season by one week in order to accommodate for rescheduled games that have been postponed due to the extreme weather that hit the Palmetto State two weeks ago. 

The move affects each class size, and gives them new championship dates. November 6th was originally meant to the be the start of the postseason for Classes 1A-3A. That date will now be used as a chance for teams to schedule makeup games to finish out the regular season. 

There will now be new championship dates for each class as well: Class 1A (Divisions I and II) will have its title games on Friday, December 4th; Class 2A (both divisions) will play for titles on December 5th. Benedict College will remain the host site for these games. Classes 3A and 4A (both divisions) will play for a state championship on Saturday, December 12th at Williams-Brice Stadium. 

The extra week allows teams to reschedule games, and is helpful for some of those schools that have not yet returned to classes yet due to extreme weather damage in the area. It also helps other schools avoid hectic scheduling during region play. The Darlington Falcons were set to play four games - almost half its season - in a matter of 12 days. If an agreement can be made with its opponent, Darlington will now be able to play an opponent on November 6th. 

The December 12th championship date provides a conflict with the Touchstone Energy Cooperative North-South All-Star Game, which is scheduled to be played that day at Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach. The game's co-director Keith Richardson said that the game will continue to be played as scheduled, and if players on the North or South rosters are competing for a state title that day, they will need to be replaced, citing that logistically there is too much that goes on with the game and around the timing of the game to have the date be moved at all.

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