High School Football

AC Flora has new football coach, sources say. Falcons didn’t have to go far to get him

Westwood coach Dustin Curtis after win over Blythewood

Dustin Curtis talks about Westwood's 28-9 victory over Blythewood
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Dustin Curtis talks about Westwood's 28-9 victory over Blythewood

Another Midlands high school football coach is on the move but will be staying in the area.

Westwood coach Dustin Curtis will be the next football coach at A.C. Flora, multiple sources told The State. Curtis told his Westwood players of his decision Tuesday afternoon, the sources said.

Attempts to reach Curtis were unsuccessful. It’s unclear when the hire will be made official, but spring high school football practice begins in the state of South Carolina next week.

Curtis will replace Collin Drafts, who announced in late March he was leaving to become head coach of Neese High School in Florida.

Curtis joins Irmo’s Reggie Kennedy, who announced Monday he would be leaving to take the head football coaching job at Manning, as the second coach in the area to be leaving for another position this week.

Curtis spent seven seasons as an A.C. Flora assistant, including three years as offensive coordinator, before taking over at Westwood in 2016. He was the second coach in Westwood history and replaced Rodney Summers, who left to start the May River program.

Curtis went 15-19 in three seasons with the Redhawks and made it to the second round of the playoffs the past two seasons.

AC Flora went 9-3 this year and won the Region 5-4A championship before losing to Wren in the second round of the playoffs. Drafts was named Class 4A Lower State Coach of the Year by the S.C. Football Coaches Association.

A.C. Flora will be replacing 28 seniors on the team and had several players commit to play college football.

Curtis’ departure means five of the six teams in Region 3-4A — Westwood, Lancaster, South Pointe, Richland Northeast and York — will have new football coaches next season. Ridge View’s Perry Parks is the only coach in the region who was the coach of his team last season.