COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Cortney Jackson ran for three touchdowns and Abbeville rallied from an early 14-3 deficit to win its second straight state title with a 44-21 victory over Batesburg-Leesville in the South Carolina high school football championship Friday night.
Jackson scored on six, eight and four yard runs in the second quarter as Abbeville (14-0-1) took a 24-21 lead after trailing early. The Panthers took control of things after the break as they held the ball for more than 25 minutes on the way to the school’s eighth state title.
Abbeville rushed for 293 yards. Quarterback Jamie Gray had a 1-yard TD run, T.J. Rogers rushed for a 14-yard score and Jermaine Blackwell finished the scoring with a 3-yard run in the final quarter.
Batesburg-Leesville (10-5) broke out fast on scoring runs of 17 yards by Bishop Cannon and 27 yards by Tyreek Tolan to lead 14-3 in the opening quarter.
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