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In case you haven’t noticed, it’s hard to predict what is going to happen next in a year that has required massive changes in sports schedules due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

This could change, but Clinton is not going to play Laurens on Oct. 30, as was most recently scheduled. The Red Devils must play Region 3-3A opponent Union County on that night to make up for a game the Yellow Jackets could not play because of an outbreak of the virus.

If neither Clinton nor Laurens qualifies for the playoffs in their respective classifications, they may be able to play each other on Nov. 13.

Clinton is idle this week because the Red Devils played Emerald in its opening game, and this Friday is the date once reserved for the Vikings.

What are the Red Devils doing on the practice field this week?

“Preparing for Woodruff,” head coach Corey Fountain said, “just as Woodruff is preparing for us.”

The Wolverines have been shuffled out of a game this week for a similar reason. The home game against Broome has been postponed.

Chapman’s 24-8 victory over Clinton last week was not without its benefits. The Red Devils dominated the first half but failed to score three times in Panther territory, and the game was scoreless at halftime. Chapman, then 2nd and now 3rd in the state’s Class 3A media rankings, abandoned its down-the-field passing game and ground down the Red Devils in the second half. A year ago, Chapman would likely have blown the game wide-open, but Clinton’s defense made them work for their points until the very end.

“I feel like our players have become more resilient,” head coach Corey Fountain. “We’re growing up as a team. Every day we’re getting better.”

The county’s two public high schools last went through a season without playing each other in football in 1969.