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While it hasn’t forced everything to be cancelled yet, COVID-19 is still causing its share of problems in the area sports calendar.

Already down to one scrimmage because of the way the UIL put the schedule together, the Carthage Bulldogs will not travel to Texarkana to meet Liberty-Eylau in a scrimmage this Thursday.

The Leopards were the ones that cancelled.

The Bulldogs are relatively healthy with the usual bumps and bruises.

This is just another obstacle for the team to overcome. They have already lost the first three games on the schedule. They managed to pick up two, but they have to go on the road for both of them and they have a second bye.

“I guess we’ll just scrimmage ourselves next Thursday,” Head Coach Scott Surratt said. “We can work on some of our plays and the kicking game. We need to get used to having an off-week because we’re going to have two of them now.”

The Bulldogs have been practicing for two weeks, and the coach likes what he’s seen so far, but cautions that it’s a work in progress.

“So far so good,” he said. “We a long way to go to be a championship football team. We’re getting there, but we have to keep working.”

The other schedule change is for the girls volleyball team.

Next Saturday, the Lady Dawgs were supposed to play at Beckville along with White Oak. But because of “gym capacity concerns” the tri-match was moved to White Oak.