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Warren To Open Football Season Monday, Sept. 21

Warren now has a Monday night football game on its schedule.

The Dragons were forced to readjust their schedule after recently being shut down for 14 days due to a positive COVID-19 test in the district.

While officials did not confirm that the positive test was from a member of the football team, practices were canceled for 14 days and Warren’s original season opener against Titusville scheduled for this Friday night was canceled.

If everything goes as planned, the Dragons will be able to resume practices this Saturday. They will then practice Monday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 20 and have 15 practices in before Monday, Sept. 21 and their 7 p.m. kickoff in Conneaut.

“We’ve encouraged the kids to work out on their own if at all possible, get on Hudl to look at film and things like that,” Warren coach Mark Morelli said Wednesday night following a video conference with his players. “It’s hard … because we are quarantined and can’t do anything together. I have to give credit to the school district and the administration. They went beyond the call of duty to salvage things for us. Fortunately we’ve just lot our first game and our scrimmage.”

Jeff White, Warren athletic director, also confirmed Wednesday that the following weekend, the Dragons will play at Franklin on Saturday at a time to be determined instead of the originally scheduled Friday night game. Warren’s home opener will be Saturday, Oct. 3 at War Memorial Field.

“Traditionally, the JVs always played on Saturday or Monday and all of our kids have played on the JV level at one point or another. I don’t think they really care. They’d play on a Sunday morning if they had to,” Morelli said. “They just want to play football. They are excited to play on a Monday. … ABC Sports with Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford and “Dandy” Don (Meredith) will probably be there. … Somehow you have to have some humor in all of this.”

Conneaut also moved its Friday, Sept. 25 game against Oil City to Saturday, Sept. 26.

“Right now, COVID-19 is the No. 1 offense in the country. There is no defense out there that can stop it,” Morelli quipped. “COVID-19 can strike anybody, anywhere, at anytime. That’s the reality of life today. We have to learn to deal with that and do the best we can, adapt and follow the protocols to live our lives as normal as possible.”

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