By René Ferrán | Photo by Rockne Andrew Roll
Eight games this week are off because of COVID outbreaks affecting football programs.
Three previously were called off because of issues that developed before Week 1 that extended into this week.
Reynolds had to forfeit a second consecutive Mt. Hood Conference game, with Barlow this week the recipient of a victory. The Bruins picked up a game against Central of the Class 5A Mid-Willamette Conference
The Thurston-Churchill game originally scheduled for Week 2 already had been moved to later in the season after the Colts went into quarantine. The Lancers added a game against Marshfield in a matchup of highly ranked 5A and 4A schools.
Corbett also was forced to cancel its first two games — against Madras and this week against Fort Vancouver — because of COVID protocols.
Developing issues this week included a COVID outbreak at Cascade Christian that forced the Challengers to cancel their Week 2 contest with Mazama, which would have matched the 3A and 4A Showcase champions from the spring season. The Vikings were able to add Crater, which had a void in its schedule, and will play Friday in Central Point.
St. Helens is in quarantine for the next two weeks, prompting the Lions to cancel their game against The Dalles this week and putting their NWOC West opener next week against Hillsboro in jeopardy. The Riverhawks now will take on Fort Vancouver on Saturday.
North Eugene also was forced to cancel its next two games — against Willamette this week and Klamath Union in Week 3. Wolverines athletic director Thomas Armstrong is scrambling to find an opponent on short notice.
Two more games that fell victim to COVID exposures were Taft-Clatskanie and Weston-McEwen-Nestucca. TigerScots athletic director Shawn White said while the team didn’t face an issue, rising community exposures and a shortage of bus drivers prompted the decision to call the game.
Clatskanie announced Thursday that it will travel to Nestucca on Friday night.
Meanwhile, low numbers owing to injuries and other factors prompted the cancellation of three more games: Ontario vs. Fruitland, Idaho; Douglas against Junction City; and Creswell at Coquille.
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