The WCTEL Classic, an annual precursor for the high school football season, had six teams drop out in the week before the event. But Friday night, Abbeville and McCormick remained to kick off the 2020 season.

A late fumble recovery by Cambridge-Palmetto senior lineman Aaron Hegler in the final minute of Friday’s game against the Greenville Hurricanes sealed a 40-28 win for the Cats on Senior Night.

Emerald’s young team had to battle through growing pains last season, but the Vikings will be looking to make significant strides this season under first-year coach Tad DuBose and a new-look coaching staff.