DHS AAA Football Championship

November 28, 2021

Dear All,

We are very thankful this week following Thanksgiving in the School District of Pickens County. It started with our very own Pickens High School Blue Flame winning the 2021 Class AAAA State Volleyball Championship. Now, we congratulate the Daniel High School Lions football team on its upcoming South Carolina High School League AAA state finals appearance. Daniel High will face the Camden High Bulldogs at 2:00 pm on Friday, Dec. 3 in Columbia at the Benedict College, Charles W. Johnson Stadium.

We understand these opportunities do not necessarily come along that often. To make matters more challenging, when the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) released the schedule for the 2021 football championships, the only contest occurring during the school day is the class AAA game. The game begins in Columbia at 2:00 pm on Friday, Dec. 3.  Again, the SCHSL establishes the location and time, not the school districts. Every five years, the championship game for the A, AA, AAA, AAAA, AAAAA classifications rotate game times and one classification must play during the school day. This is AAA’s year for the 2:00 pm Friday game. The other games are Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday.

Kershaw County, home of Camden High School, has announced Friday is an eLearning day for the entire school district and they are located very close to Benedict College. After discussing with our administrative team, we understand the staffing difficulties and transportation challenges that a mid-afternoon game in Columbia presents. Therefore, we have decided the best course of action is for the Daniel Attendance Zone to have early dismissal on Friday, December 3, 2021 (see schedules below).

We understand the challenges that this brings to some of our families while at the same time allowing those who wish to go and support the DHS Lions. We appreciate your understanding and continued support.

Schedule for FRIDAY, Dec. 3, for Daniel Area Schools (listed below)

 Secondary Schools in Daniel Area:

Daniel High School       10:30 am

RC Edwards 10:45 am

 Elementary Schools in Daniel Area:

Central Academy 11:30 am

Clemson Elementary  11:30 am

Six Mile Elementary    11:30 am

  • There will be NO afternoon 4K this day

  • There will be NO after school care at these elementary schools this day


  • There will be a bag lunch available for all students at these Daniel area locations on Friday prior to dismissal.

Details for the AAA Football Championship:

AAA State Football Championship

Tickets: $15 on GoFan

When: Friday, December 3, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Where: Benedict College, Charles W. Johnson Stadium, Columbia, SC

Streaming Information: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/schsl/football

 For more information, contact the Daniel High School Athletic Department (danielathletics.com) or The South Carolina High School League at https://schsl.org/archives/5204 

  •  Daniel High will control how the football team, cheerleaders, and band participate and travel. This is no different than any other state championship for these groups.
  • The district will not sponsor a bus for student travel other than players, cheerleaders, and band. 

  • Students throughout the district are allowed to attend and will be given excused absences with parent notes. This is parent discretion in the other three attendance areas.