COLUMBIA, S.C. - Benedict College and Livingstone College will play in a rematch of last year's Palmetto Capital City Classic on September 3rd at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium in Columbia. Both head football coaches are looking forward to getting the season stared.
The 15th annual Palmetto Capital City Classic will once again feature a week-long schedule of activities leading up to the 5 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 3. Events kick off on Monday, Aug. 29, with the Sponsors Kick-Off Reception and PCCC Alumni Mixer. The Media and Sponsor Luncheon and crowning of Miss PCCC is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 30. Wednesday, Aug. 31, will feature the PCCC Battle of the Drumline Show, at a site to be determined. The annual PCCC Garnell McDonald Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday at Oak Hills Golf Club. The Old School Funk Party is Friday night, with the announcement of the entertainment to come at a later date.
Saturday's pre-game festivities start at noon with the PCCC Alumni Old School Music Festival and Tailgate Party on the football practice field. The game kicks off at 5 p.m. with a special halftime show featuring the Benedict College Marching Tiger Band of Distinction and the Livingstone College Marching Blue Bear Band.
Livingstone won last year's contest 49-6, and Benedict coach Mike White still remembers how fast and physical the Blue Bears were. He expects nothing less from this year's squad.
Livingstone coach Daryl Williams said the Blue Bears have to replace several key players including their quarterback and star wide receiver from last year's squad that finished 5-4. But he feels this year's team should be deeper. He said he expects a tougher game from Benedict this year knowing the history of coach White.