High School Football COVID cancellations
The high school football season is on thin ice for several teams on the Gulf Coast due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a release, Gulfport is the latest team affected by COVID-19, citing two players testing positive as well as a coach.
As a result, the Admirals are in quarantine for the next two weeks, effectively canceling Friday’s home game against West Harrison and their October 9th road game at Hancock.
Gulfport joins Hancock and Long Beach as the local teams having to forfeit this week.
Here’s Gulfport Athletic Director Bryan Caldwell on the current state of Gulfport High School football. “I think the easiest thing to do would be to just send home kids who have tested positive and are sick, and roll the dice and then roll the dice with the rest of your program. But that’s just irresponsible in our opinion, and that’s what leads to an outbreak. And we don’t want to be responsible for that, so we’re going to err on the side of caution. And look, it’s painful to have to forfeit two ball games. I am not at all surprised that this has happened. It’s happened to Long Beach, Biloxi, Hancock, other schools, and we just knew that this was a distinct possibility. And here we are.”
Gulfport and Hancock both have to forfeit their October 9th game against one another so the winner and loser in this scenario has yet to be determined by the MHSAA.