Abbeville’s Joseph Battle weaves through Woodruff’s defense Friday evening at their scrimmage.
(MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
Abbeville’s Joseph Battle weaves through Woodruff’s defense Friday evening at their scrimmage. (MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
The Abbeville High School football team was dealt a harsh blow on Wednesday. Four plays into the first full-contact practice, starting defensive back Ventray Belton tore his ACL, ending his season before it even started.
Two days later, though, the Panthers had to suit up for a scrimmage with Woodruff, a quick turnaround after a devastating situation.
And Abbeville showed heart and a lot of effort against the Wolverines at Hite Stadium Friday evening.

“We got a tough blow on Wednesday, losing what I would have projected as an All-Lakelands type of defensive back in Ventray,” Abbeville coach Jamie Nickles said. “But, give these kids a lot of credit for bowing up after suffering that adversity and playing hard.”
The teams each ran two drives down the field on offense where the coaches were on the field helping set up plays and guide their players. Then, the coaches retreated to the sideline for 24 minutes of game-simulated action.

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