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Abbeville High School

Abbeville attempting to three-peat in AA football

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Abbeville—Once again, the Abbeville football team has put itself in position for a deep run in the postseason. The Panthers wrapped up the regular season with a 9-1 record and captured another Region 2-AA championship.

Ranked No. 1 in the latest HSSR Class AA poll, their quest for a third consecutive state title begins Nov. 3 against St. Joseph’s.

Two of Abbeville’s top players were recently selected to the North-South all-star game. Senior running back Junior Rapley has 607 yards and eight touchdowns on 94 carries while leading the team with 389 receiving yards and four more scores.

“He deserved it. He’s been one of our top players for the last three years. It’s a great opportunity for him and an honor to have him in the game,” head coach Jamie Nickles said. “He’s been tremendous in that leadership role this year and he’s a dual-threat running back. He’s great in the run game, but for us he’s also a threat in the passing game.”

Joining him on the North roster is Bryce Jackson, who was chosen as a defensive back. As Abbeville’s quarterback, he has completed 40-of-67 passes for 820 yards with 11 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Jackson has also rushed 96 times for 654 yards with nine more scores.

“The sky is the limit for him in football. If he was dedicated to just football, he’d be unbelievable. He can do so many things. He starts for us in the secondary, last year he was our go-to receiver, and this year he has become a really good quarterback, not to mention he can punt and he holds on our PATs,” Nickles said.

Cortney Jackson (525 yards, 9 TD), Jermaine Blackwell (511 yards, 9 TD) and Dominick Washington (431 yards, 5 TD) have also gotten carries while JaBryan Sanders is the second leading receiver with 300 yards and five touchdowns.

Defensively, Malik Leach has a team-best 99 tackles while Dee Graham is right behind with 98. Charleton Goodwin (83 tackles), Charles Holback (66 tackles, 4.5 sacks), Nate Temple (63 tackles, 9 tackles for loss), Jhalyn Shuler (50 tackles), Tyrese Paul (46 tackles, 6 TFL, 2 interceptions), Tyreke Campbell (48 tackles, 5 TFL) and Tay Rayford (41 tackles, 8 pass breakups) are other major contributors.

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