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To its great credit, Woodruff High School attempted to put on a football jamboree its team wasn’t going to get to play in.

With rain and electricity in the forecast, the Wolverines’ opponent, Dorman, was a no-show.

That left Clinton to play Blue Ridge and then Laurens to play Chapman, but Mother Nature was having none of it on Thursday night.

It rained on the Laurens County teams as they bused up. It started again once they were in the Varner Stadium locker room. Lightning flashed, each one signaling a mandatory 30-minute delay. A lonely voice in the press box announced that, for a scrimmage scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., the gates would open at 8:15 and the Red Devils and Tigers would begin at 8:30.

The first two teams had just trotted out to warm up when lightning streaked across the sky above the school.

Ballgame. Nothing to see here, folks.

Woodruff will get to play on Friday night in Clinton. Beginning at 7, the Wolverines are scheduled to play a half against Saluda at Wilder Stadium, followed by the Red Devils against Brookland-Cayce.

Laurens managed to get its team photos shot on Thursday morning. The Raiders’ next scrimmage action isn’t until Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Boiling Springs, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The season begins on Friday, Aug. 24, when Laurens visits Clinton.