B.C. Rain will miss its next two games due to a positive COVID-19 test.
The Red Raiders were scheduled to play at Cottage Hill this week and at home against Satsuma in the Class 5A, Region 1 opener on Sept. 4. Instead, they will enter a 14-day quarantine.
B.C. Rain lost its opener at home to Alma Bryant last week.
“As a precaution and for the safety of all of our players and coaches, Mobile County Public Schools is isolating the whole team and suspending B.C. Rain’s games and practices for two weeks,” according to a release from MCPSS director of communication Rena Philips. “This means the Red Raiders will forfeit games against Cottage Hill Christian Academy this Friday and against Satsuma on Sept. 4. The team has a bye week on September 11 and will play Elberta on Sept. 18.”
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B.C. Rain head coach Lawrence Yelding notified his coaches, his team and the opposing teams.
“This is unfortunate for our team, but we have to teach them more than just how to be a football player. We have to teach them to do the right thing,” Yelding said in a statement released by MCPSS. “As soon as we learned of this, we reported it to the people we were supposed to report it to, even knowing that we would have to sit out for 14 days. But you have to do what is right. As unfortunate as it is, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We have not lost our season completely. It’s just been sidetracked a bit.”
Yelding said he and the entire coaching staff, as well as several other players, went to an urgent care center for rapid tests, and they have all tested negative for COVID-19.
The Red Raiders are the second Mobile County Public School to be quarantined for two weeks since the season started. Blount missed last week’s game against Vigor and is scheduled to return next week.
Cottage Hill coach Chris Brazell was efforting to find a replacement opponent for his team this week.
“I’ve probably called eight teams just looking for someone to play,” he said. “We had our senior night planned. We will probably make a call by 10 a.m. Thursday if we can’t find someone. I told our kids we are going to go out and practice like normal and just see what happens.”
Cottage Hill played a jamboree game against St. Michael’s last week. The Warriors are scheduled to open region play at home against T.R. Miller on Sept. 4.
In other COVID news, Montgomery Public Schools announced Wednesday that the Lee-Montgomery vs. Jeff Davis game would be played as scheduled on Friday.
The game was in question after MPS announced Tuesday that a Lee player tested positive for the coronavirus. However, the school system announced Wednesday that only the player and those in close contact with him would be quarantined. Lee played at Daphne last week.
Already this week:
— Vincent and Moody high schools each announced their football teams would miss the next two weeks of competition.
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