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Erskine College became the Flying Fleet during a football game in 1929, a sport it played from 1896 through 1951.

Next year the Fleet will fly again. The man charged with restoring the sport at the Due West school is Thursday’s speaker at the Laurens County Touchdown. The noon gathering will be at The Ridge at Laurens.

A. Shapleigh “Shap” Boyd was named head coach on November 15, 2018. Boyd, a University of the South (Sewanee, Tenn.) graduate, came to Erskine from the University of Virginia at Wise, where he was defensive coordinator.

Whoever receives the first snap for the Flying Fleet on September 5, 2020, against Catawba College will be the school’s best quarterback since Bob Strock, one of the Touchdown Club’s founding members and a longtime assistant coach at Presbyterian College. Strock called the signals back in 1951, and Erskine hasn’t played football since.

The Flying Fleet visits PC on October 24, 2020.

PC will be represented along with the young standouts from Laurens District and Clinton high schools, as well as Laurens Academy.

Fans, not to mention the many Erskine graduates in Laurens County, may purchase tickets at the door for $15, and parents of local athletes may attend for $10.

GameDay sponsors are the cities of Laurens and Clinton. This week’s caterer is The Clock of Laurens.