COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – The AA state championship game between Abbeville and Marion originally scheduled for December 4 has been postponed, the South Carolina High School League announced on Thursday.
The SCHSL revealed that the postponement is due to a COVID-19 issue. Abbeville High School announced that game will now be played on Friday, December 18 at 5:00 p.m.
“A state championship game is one that forfeiture should be avoided if possible,” Commissioner Jerome Singleton said in a statement posted to social media. “This scenario affords us the opportunity to adjust our schedule to accommodate the competing schools…While this is a very unfortunate turn of events, we appreciate the school’s decision to practice the safety measures recommended by the Department of Health and Environmental Control.”
Commissioner Singleton told 7 Sports Thursday afternoon that the league’s mandate at the start of the postseason, which stated a playoff team impacted by a COVID-19 issue would have to forfeit, was based on “not holding-up the playoffs.” Singleton notes that because they’ve reached the final game, the ability to reschedule was in place and thus a forfeit could be avoided.
The Panthers and Swamp Foxes were set to kickoff at Spring Valley High School at 5 p.m. on the 4th, however following the postponement the location is currently unknown.
The 10-0 Panthers are looking for their fourth title in five years while 7-1 Marion seeks its first championship.