Sertoma Classic will move up a week

High school football fans will come out a week earlier for this year’s Sertoma Classic, set for Aug. 13-14 at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. (Paul Zoeller/Staff)

The Sertoma Football Classic will move its dates up a week to Aug. 13-14 this year, enabling the annual high school showcase to avoid scheduling conflicts with regular-season games.

The Citadel agreed to make Johnson Hagood Stadium available a week earlier than usual, allowing the schedule change, said Dave Spurlock, athletic director for the Charleston County School District.

“The last three or four years, we’ve had to do our matchups taking into consideration that some of the teams were playing a real game the next night,” Spurlock said. “Now, we’ll be able to use our full complement of teams to play each other and won’t have to adjust the schedule.”

Last year, the Sertoma Classic was held on Aug. 21-22. Berkeley, Fort Dorchester and Ashley Ridge were unable to participate because scheduling conflicts. Similarly, Summerville played mostly reserve players at Sertoma during its Thursday night appearance last year, because the Green Wave had a regular-season game on Friday night in Charlotte.

“This give us the same abilities that some of the larger school districts have, to play their jamborees a week before the regular season can start,” Spurlock said.