Where Champions Play

Author: Jason Gilmer

Softcover (ISBN: 978-1-891885-44-0 )
$19.95

Passion for high school football in Spartanburg County runs high, and autumn Friday nights are when stars are made. The county's nine public high schools have won more state championships since 1950 than any other county in South Carolina.

Publication Date: Aug 2013
Dimensions: 9 x 11 in.
180 pages

Passion for high school football in Spartanburg County runs high, and autumn Friday nights are when stars are made. The county's nine public high schools have won more state championships since 1950 than any other county in South Carolina. From the glory days of Coach Willie Varner's reign as Woodruff's head coach to the rise of Byrnes High School to a national power, the county has produced powerful programs and noteworthy players who have gone on to National Football League careers.

How did Spartanburg County become such a powerhouse in high school football? Where Champions Play: Spartanburg County Prep Football revisits the epic games, the gifted players, and the remarkable coaches who play a part in the decades-long sporting drama. Relive the highlights, catch up with the superstars of the past, and learn what these schools have put in place to continue their winning ways.

Jason Gilmer

Jason Gilmer

For almost 10 years author Jason Gilmer covered high school sports for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal and won numerous statewide and national writing awards. A graduate of USC Upstate, Gilmer lives in Boone, N.C., with his wife, son and dog. He is a full-time dad and freelance newspaper and magazine writer. He runs the Palmetto Football Talk blog at GoUpstate.com, where hundreds of readers talk local football news.