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Faith Christian School’s Shaikey Hardy runs the ball during the Patriots’ win over Raleigh St. David’s in the state championship game in 2018. Hardy had 293 rushing yards and five touchdowns in last week’s loss.

The prospect of playing a fall sports season became much more clear when the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association announced an updated schedule for the upcoming season.

NCISAA member schools, which include, Harrells Christian Academy, were notified of start dates for each sport, as well as a decision on fan attendance at games.

“At this time, all interscholastic contests will begin play with no fans,” the sports governing body said in a release.

Sports will begin in a tier system, with Sept. 8 being the first day that scrimmages and games can begin for cross country, girls’ tennis and girls’ golf. Field hockey, volleyball and boys’ soccer can begin playing games the following week on Sept. 14.

It’s worth noting that these sports have been able to practice since Aug. 10. Football, meanwhile, hasn’t been able to hold traditional practices, and has been limited to conditioning work. Football can officially begin practice on Sept. 8, with games being allowed later in the month beginning Sept. 21.

All of these are subject to change, based on any new information or state mandates regarding COVID-19.