The Empire Football League announced Friday that the Watertown Red and Black and the five other teams in the league will begin the EFL season Aug. 7 and play a six-week season, ending Sept. 25.

The Red and Black will play the shortened season in the three-team West Division with the Northern NY Grizzlies and the Syracuse Smash. The Tri-City Spartans, Glens Falls Greenjackets and Plattsburgh North Stars will comprise the East Division.

The league will take a break Labor Day week. The playoffs are scheduled to begin Oct. 2 and the championship game on Oct. 9.

The league said a schedule is being created keeping in mind field availability due to COVID-19 regulations.

The EFL and the Red and Black did not play in 2020 due to the pandemic.

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