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Vance County running back Noah Terry (center) is gang-tackled by three Bunn defenders during a matchup between the two programs in 2019. Vance County will begin its upcoming season in February after the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the NCHSAA pushing back all sports.

HENDERSON — Vance County High School announced on Friday morning that its football program will take part in a condensed, conference-only schedule that will run from the end of February up until the beginning of April.

Vance County was initially scheduled to begin its 2020 campaign in August, but a steady number of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina forced the N.C. High School Athletic Association to postpone all sports until November, with football slated to start in February.

The announcement comes as the Vipers prepare to rebuild under new head coach Hunter Jenks, who took over following Darry Ragland’s departure at the end of a 9-3 campaign and will be tasked with leading a program that lost playmakers Noah Terry, Phadol Jordan and Samein Burwell to graduation.

Despite the short schedule, Jenks and his players will have plenty of tests during the season with contests against Northern and Southern Durham, schools that dealt Vance County its only regular season defeats in 2019.

Additional details on the seven games on Vance County, including whether or not fans will be allowed to attend, are expected to be announced at a later date. The Vipers will get their season underway at home on Feb. 26 against Chapel Hill.

2021 Vance County High School Football Schedule

2/26 | Chapel Hill | 7 p.m.

3/5 | East Chapel Hill | 7 p.m.

3/12 | @Southern Durham | 7 p.m.

3/19 | @Orange | 7 p.m.

3/26 | Northern | 7 p.m.

4/1 | Northwood | 7 p.m.

4/9 | @Cedar Ridge | 7 p.m.