CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - High school football is back in the Lowcountry!
The Hendricks Sertoma Football Classic kicked off at 5 p.m. Thursday at Johnson Hagood Stadium in downtown Charleston.
The annual event, known as the unofficial start to the high school football season, has a few changes this year.
For one, almost all of the teams are playing two-quarter games instead of single-quarter games. That gives the teams a little more time to work on game play.
Another change involves the east stands. The seating there could not be used last year because of work underway to remove them. This year, that work is complete and the stands are gone, meaning all seating will be on the home side of the stadium.
A quick reminder for those of you heading out to the games: With the chance of rain you might want to bring your rain jacket or poncho, but remember to leave your umbrella at home. Sertoma officials are reminding everyone that umbrellas are not allowed inside the stadium.
Also, any bags are subject to search before you enter the game.
Sertoma Classic - Night 2
Goose Creek 14 Bishop England 7 - Dante Smith earned the Roddy White MVP Award for the night with 2 rushing touchdowns in the Gators win. Leo Albano connected with Christian Greveau for the Bishops score.
Baptist Hill 8 Stratford 0 - Jay Burnell scored the only touchdown of the game late in the 2nd quarter as the 1-A Bobcats upset the 5-A Knights.
Pinewood Prep 7 Garrett 0 - Matthew Lathem scored the lone touchdown of the game to give the Panthers a win.
Porter-Gaud 20 Academic Magnet 8 - Caleb Pierce, Andrew Thomas and Jack Lucas all scored rushing touchdowns to lead the Cyclones. Stephen Schlosser had the lone score for the Raptors.
Charleston Charter 14 Burke 0 - Chance Sullivan scored on a quarterback keeper and Jaden Bailey returned a fumble 58 yards for a score to lead the Riptide to the win.
Sertoma Classic - Night 1
West Ashley 14 Stall 6 - Kenyatta Jenkins rushed for a touchdown and threw a score to Dominique Kershaw as the Wildcats won the marquee game of night 1. Corey Speights added a scoring pass to Javaree Wrighten for the Warriors.
St. John's 20 Cane Bay 15 - Islanders QB Kam Smiley was named the MVP of the night after rushing for 2 TD's and throwing one more in St. John's upset win.
Oceanside Collegiate 8 Timberland 7 - Sam Hartman threw a late TD pass and added the 2 point conversion to give the Landsharks an upset win over the Wolves. Roger Gibbs scored the lone touchdown for Timberland.
First Baptist 28 Military Magnet 0 - Michel Dukes scored 2 rushing TD's while Tremez Brown connected with Eddie Simmons on a 50+ yard touchdown pass and Tylan Major added the final score on a 61 yard punt return.
Palmetto Christian 15 Military Magnet 7 - Da'von Stuckey scored a rushing touchdown and Chad Shimakonis added a TD pass to Stephen Hickman as PCA held on for a victory. Kelvin Hickman added the lone score for Military Magnet.
North Charleston 30 Northwood Academy 0 - Yancey Washington threw 3 TD passes and rushed for one more as the Cougars picked up the shutout win.