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Claremore running back DeShawn Kinnard (32) shrugs off a Bruins tackler on the way to a nice gain on Sept. 6 in Bartlesville. Kinnard carried the ball 20 times for 92 yards, including a 33-yard burst late in the fourth quarter than helped the Zebras secure the 40-28 win. He also caught a 21-yard touchdown pass.

Football programs in Rogers County have avoided COVID-19 outbreaks thus far, but the same can’t be said for some of their upcoming opponents.

Week 1 foes for Claremore and Sequoyah — Bartlesville and Haskell — announced possible exposure to the novel coronavirus earlier this week, which could compromise scheduling if the outbreak continues.

The games, which are both on the road, are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 4. That is only 37 days away. Football practices begin in 12 days on Monday, Aug. 10 for all Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association members.

The two school districts revealed this information to the public Tuesday afternoon.

According to KWON Radio in Bartlesville, Bartlesville Public Schools halted offseason summer football workouts after learning of the positive test Sunday.

Before the exposure, football players were completing workouts in small, staggered groups as part of the school’s COVID-19 summer guidelines.

The student-athlete who tested positive was last on campus Thursday, July 16, so the unexposed players’ 14-day quarantine will end later this week. The family didn’t receive the positive test until Saturday.

Haskell is in a similar situation, though there hasn’t been an official positive test revealed.

The Haskell Haymaker Football Facebook page made the following announcement Tuesday:

“Due to a possible COVID exposure, Summer Pride is shut down for the rest of the week … We can make it through this, guys, but we have got to hold fast to our vision. Continue running at home and lifting if you can.”

Haskell Public Schools plans to reopen the weight room — as well as other buildings on its campuses — Monday, according to the post.

If for some reason COVID-19 is still affecting Bartlesville and Haskell come Sept. 4, there are contingencies in place from the OSSAA.

According to Policy LVI from the OSSAA Administrator’s Handbook, if there is an interruption of events due to public health concerns, schools should make all reasonable efforts to reschedule the contest at a different date and time within the regular season.

However, if the contest would not impact playoff placement, the schools may choose to cancel it if they are unable to reschedule.

For now, though, the games will go on as scheduled.

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