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Selma welcomes Frances Marion

Selma High School head coach Woodie Jackson will meet a familiar foe Friday when his team hosts Frances Marion. Jackson built a legacy at Frances Marion, winning six state championships. -- Robert Hudson

With the area schedule wrapped up, the Selma Saints and their head coach Woodie Jackson are preparing for a reunion of sorts on Friday.

The Saints (15-9, 4-2) will play the Francis Marion Rams (15-5, 7-1) Friday at Wallace Community College-Selma with games starting at 5 p.m.

The game marks another meeting between Jackson and the record-setting program he helped build from 1987 to 2008, a stint that included six state championships—three as members of Class 3A and three as members of Class 2A, and a state record four in a row.

It’s that kind of success and winning tradition Jackson is looking to establish at Selma High.

“It’s kind of bitter sweet to play against them … to go and coach against a program that you built,” Jackson said. “That’s what they have there—a program. It’s different from a team and that’s what we’re trying to build here—a program, not a team. Like I tell my players every day, you can go and just get a group of kids and play a game, but a program is something that, day in and day out, you expect success.”