In anticipation of a more normal autumn, Clinton High School is playing a normal football schedule.
Last year the Red Devils started out with a 10-game schedule but wound up playing only six as the schedule changed often and made its way in fits and starts. Clinton, where Corey Fountain enters his third season as head coach, finished a fast-closing 3-3 but failed to qualify for the similarly diminished Class 3A playoffs.
This year the Devils play five games at home and five on the road, but three of the five Region 3-3A games will be at hostile venues. Two of the season’s first three are at Wilder Stadium. Three of the last four are on the road.
Pendleton visits Clinton for the season opener on Aug. 20, followed by a trip to nearby Laurens on Aug. 27. The county rivals did not meet last year for the first time since 1967, and the cancellation of that game cost the Red Devils a home game in the series.
Another familiar rival, Newberry, pays a visit to Clinton on Sept. 3, followed by a road trip to Swansea on Sept. 10. Blue Ridge visits Clinton on Sept. 17.
The region schedule begins at Wilder Stadium on Oct. 1 versus Union County after the Red Devils take Sept. 24 off. Clinton then visits Broome on Oct. 8, takes on Chapman at home on Oct. 15 and closes the regular season with trips to Emerald (Greenwood) on Oct. 22 and Woodruff on Oct. 29.
The junior varsity games are played on Thursdays, generally at the opposite sites of the varsity, but the opening game is a week later and Clinton plays Laurens twice.
2021 Clinton Red Devils Football Schedules
Aug. 20, PENDLETON, 7:30
Aug. 27, at Laurens, 7:30
Sept. 3, NEWBERRY, 7:30
Sept. 10, at Swansea, 7:30
Sept. 17, BLUE RIDGE, 7:30
Oct. 1, UNION COUNTY*, 7:30
Oct. 8, at Broome* (Spartanburg), 7:30
Oct. 15, CHAPMAN*, 7:30
Oct. 22, at Emerald* (Greenwood), 7:30
Oct. 29, at Woodruff*, 7:30
Aug. 26, LAURENS, 7
Sept. 2, at Newberry, 7
Sept. 9, SWANSEA, 7
Sept. 16, at Blue Ridge (Greer), 7
Sept. 23, at Laurens, 7
Sept. 30, at Union County*, 7
Oct. 7, BROOME*, 7
Oct. 14, at Chapman* (Inman), 7
Oct. 21, EMERALD*, 7
Oct. 28, WOODRUFF*, 7
Home games in ALL CAPS. *Region 3-3A games.