The Sertoma Classic will be without two of Charleston County's biggest schools in 2017 as officials confirmed that both James Island and Wando will not be allowed to compete in the preseason jamboree this season.
The decision comes from the South Carolina High School League as a repercussion of the fight the two teams had during their regular season game at the end of September last year.
It's another tough blow for the Sertoma Classic which was played last year without schools from Dorchester County who held their own jamboree on the same night as the 2nd day of Sertoma.
Sertoma Football Classic Co-Chair Callie Vanderbilt confirmed to Live 5 News on Wednesday that the Dorchester schools, which includes Ft. Dorchester, Summerville, Ashley Ridge and Woodland, would again be skipping Sertoma instead opting to hold their own jamboree. Vanderbilt said they've been in talks with the Dorchester schools and are hopeful they'll return to Sertoma in the near future.
Vanderbilt said with the loss of two more schools, Sertoma will move to more two-quarter games this season. Other changes that will take place for 2017 include the elimination of 8-man and powder puff games as well as removing the running clock that was implemented in 2016.
The 2017 Sertoma Classic will be held on August 10th and 11th.