TONIGHT: Everybody can wear red
Laurens fans are still celebrating last week's region championship win over Greenwood, Laurens Academy fans are traveling to Ehrhardt for the playoffs - everybody "looking for a place to go" was invited today to Wilder Stadium.
"Everybody can wear red one time a year," Clinton High football head coach Andrew Webb said at the Touchdown Club meeting,
Clinton plays Woodruff, 7:30 pm kickoff for Senior Night, with Class AAA playoff implications. The Raiders have 2 weeks off before starting the 5A state playoffs, the Crusaders are going up against a #1 seed in the independent schools 8-man playoffs. TD Club guest speaker Mike Ayers, Wofford head coach, has rival Furman to play on Saturday, and PC football head coach Harold Nichols has 14 seniors to honor Saturday in home conference action against Liberty (2 pm kickoff at Bailey memorial Stadium).
It's a different time in SC high school football - Hurricane Matthew pushed the public school playoffs back two weeks.
Some teams like Laurens-Greenwood decided to play Oct. 28, then get healthy for two weeks waiting for the Nov. 18 first round. Other teams like Clinton-Wooduff opted to take Oct. 28 off (bye week), and finish the regular season tonight (Nov. 4). A rivalry that dates to the 1930s, Clinton-Woodruff is the Upstate TV Game of the Week.
Webb brought the Red Devils to Wilder Stadium about 7:30 this morning to be on WSPA-TV. The morning show remote crew showed up on the Devils home field at 4:30 am, set up and was treated to a Rise and Shine Pep Rally drawing students, teachers, cheerleaders, fans and Clinton community members. Webb didn't want to get out there THAT early - that's a long day, at the stadium at 4:30 am and leaving the stadium at 10:30 pm with a team dinner and collecting uniforms still to be done. Then, Webb has to be up and out for the 8 am WPCC Saturday Rewind radio show at Whiteford's in Clinton.
Webb said he got to Wilder about 6:45 and "there were 300 people at the stadium - for 4 hours, they were talking good about Clinton High School."
Webb brought Players of the Week from the win against Broome two weeks ago - Koko Richey, Mark Wise, Jishon Payne and Donte Reeder - with him to hear Coach Ayers' talk at the next to last regular season Touchdown Club meeting. Nov. 18 is the Clemson-Carolina rivalry program, with Voice of the Tigers Don Munson and Voice of the Gamecocks Todd Ellis. The Touchdown Club Annual Banquet is set for Dec. 7, all meetings this season are at The Ridge recreation complex in Laurens.