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Covid-19 issues forces cancellation of CHS vs. L-E football game
Camden vs. L-E

According to more than one source, Lugoff-Elgin was forced to postpone its next two football games for Covid-19-related issues.

Moving two conference games back to the final two weeks of the regular season means that the annual Lugoff-Elgin versus Camden football game will not be played for the first time since 1982 as L-E must play its two Region 4-4A games in weeks six and seven of the abbreviated seven-game schedule.

A text to Demons’ head football coach and athletic director Matt Campbell seeking confirmation of the news was not returned in time to be included in Tuesday’s edition of The Chronicle-Independent. Also, late Monday afternoon, emails were sent to Kershaw County School District Director of Pupil Services Duane Pate as well as to KCSD Executive Director for Media Relations, Mary Anne Byrd, seeking information or confirmation. Neither email was returned by the end of regular business hours on Monday.

L-E lost to Westwood, 34-17, last Friday to fall to 1-1 on the season and in Region 4-4A play. The Demons were scheduled to travel to Richland Northeast Friday night before returning home to face A.C. Flora. The new schedule will have the RNE game being played on Oct. 30 with the home game with A.C. Flora being moved to Nov. 6, which was scheduled to be the game with Camden.

Lugoff-Elgin becomes the latest in a growing number of football programs in South Carolina to be affected by positive Covid-19 tests administered to its student-athletes. Camden High School was one of the first three programs in the Palmetto State to have its football season and schedule affected by the virus. The Bulldogs were forced to postpone their season opener with Lakewood, originally set to be played on Sept. 25. That game was pushed back and will now be played in Camden on Oct. 30.

With L-E having to rearrange its schedule in order to play region games, it means that Camden will have to try and find a replacement game for Nov. 7.