COVID case forces Griffins to adjust schedule

WINNSBORO – The Fairfield Central football team’s 3-0 run in Region 4-3A got put on hold because of a positive COVID-19 test from a player on the team.

The Griffins, whose only loss came in a 25-18 non-region defeat to York, were set to play Mid Carolina (0-1 region, 0-2 overall) in its region finale Friday. That game has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7 at a time to be determined. The Griffins’ non-region game at Lancaster, set for Nov. 6, has been cancelled. Head coach Demetrius Davis confirmed the schedule changes Tuesday.

The standard quarantine period is 14 days after the last close contact with a person who was infected with COVID-19, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

According to the DHEC  dashboard for cases among school-aged children and employees, (https://scdhec.gov/covid19/resources-community-covid-19/covid-19-cases-associated-staff-students), Farifield Central High school has had five or less infections at the school as of Oct. 22 The dashboard is updated Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Due to the quarantine, Fairfield Central will not be able to practice until Nov. 5, one day before the scheduled end of the regular season.

The Griffins opened the truncated season with region victories over Keenan (33-12) and at Lower Richland (28-18). After losing to York, Fairfield Central reeled off a 53-40 victory over Chester Friday.

Fairfield Central is the only team in the region undefeated in region play. Chester is 2-1, Lower Richland 1-1, Mid Carolina 0-1, and Keenan 0-3.

In lieu of playing Fairfield Central Friday, Mid Carolina played Keenan Wednesday and is at Lower Richland Monday. Chester, currently in second place, played Lower Richland Wednesday.