Next two varsity football games scrapped!

Pandemic causes game cancellations

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Lee-ding the way \\ Sophomore Tristan Lee runs the ball during a scrimmage against Plano West at Clark Stadium Sept. 17. The next two games, including this weeks homecoming game, are cancelled due to positive Covid-19 cases in the varsity football program. “When I found out [the games were canceled], I was hurt, crying about it actually,” sophomore Tristan Lee said. “The hoco game was really important to me.”

*story updated Oct. 8 at 8 a.m.

First it took the homecoming dance away,  now it’s scrubbed the homecoming game too.

Due to positive COVID-19 coronavirus tests in the varsity football program, the next two varsity football games are cancelled.

“When I found out, I was hurt, crying about it actually,” varsity football player Tristan Lee said. “The hoco game is really important to me.”

Next week’s varsity game against Longview Pine Tree will not be played as scheduled either. Since both of these next two games are non-district games, they will not be made up.

“The health and safety of our students and staff is the primary focus and the district is following UIL protocols along with state and federal guidelines for [the] coronavirus response,” Director of Communications Ian Halperin said. “The district will notify all affected students and staff and will continue to monitor the situation.”

At this time, the ninth grade and junior varsity games will still be played according to schedule, Thursday, Oct. 8.If Royse City schedules games with another school, these sub-varsity games could be cancelled as well.

*edit: The junior varsity game tonight against Royse City is cancelled.  

If you have questions please let me know.

The varsity team is currently 1-1.

This story is developing. More details will come as soon as they are provided.