Posted On: 03/17/21 12:00 PM

After a two-week Covid-19 delay, Abbeville won the final game of the 2020 high school season in South Carolina by beating Marion 37-6 in the Class 2A championship.

It returned to the winning ways it had instilled prior to the 2019 campaign, and Jamie Nickles’ team will likely open the 2021 season as a sure-fire top-three team in the classification, if not at the no. 1 spot.

What can it do to finish with another trophy?

OFFENSE

The Panthers are losing their top four ball carriers in Tyrell Haddon, Martico Jackson, J’Marion Burton and Navi Marshall. There’s no way around it: Dropping nearly 2,400 yards of offense from the backfield - plus another 800 or so from departing quarterback Thomas Beauford - is going to be a tough problem to solve.

If we know anything about Abbeville’s offense, it’s that the next crop isn’t far off. 

Antonio Harrison (6-foot, 175 pounds) was able to get make the most of his nine carries last fall, going for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Ty Cade (more on him in a minute) averaged a ridiculous 17.4 yards per carry on his seven touches. Shy Brown (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) did, too.

Those players

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