Greenwood quarterback C.J. Jackson returns this season for the Eagles. (INDEX-JOURNAL)
Greenwood quarterback C.J. Jackson returns this season for the Eagles. (INDEX-JOURNAL)
There are still nearly two months to go before the kickoff of high school football, but fans of the 10 Lakelands programs now have the opportunity to pore over every matchup of the upcoming season.
This season brings plenty of new matchups for fans to salivate over, as the South Carolina High School League’s region realignment takes effect. Almost every team in the Lakelands either changed regions, or had new teams come into their existing ones.
With the realignment comes a plethora of new and interesting contests, in addition to the longstanding local rivalries fans have come to love.
 
Aug. 29: Emerald at Ninety Six

A stunningly lopsided 35-14 victory against Emerald in last year’s season opener propelled Ninety Six on its way to a 9-3 record and a run to the Upper State semifinals.
The Wildcats don’t open the season with Emerald this year -- they travel to St. Joseph’s in Week Zero -- but a date with the Vikings does serve as the home opener this year for Ninety Six.
The annual showdown will be the home crowd’s first chance to get a look at this year’s new-look Wildcats, now under the guidance of new coach Mike Doolittle, who begins his second stint as coach.

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