Every football team in Kentucky gets one bye week during the season. Unfortunately, in just the first few weeks of 2021, a large number of schools have dealt with a week off they didn’t plan on or want.
With a surge in Covid cases in the state, Kentucky High School Athletic Association rules have forced teams to cancel match-ups when positive cases arise within their programs. The game is registered as a 0-1 loss for the team that cancels. The game or games missed can be rescheduled to erase the forfeit from the record.
Webster County’s football team was forced into this position not long after facing Crittenden County on Aug. 27. Covid protocols placed the restriction on the Trojans, and they were required to cancel Friday’s match-up at Todd County Central. Due to privacy issues, the nature of the reason is unavailable.
It was the second Friday in a row that Todd Central had to deal with a cancellation. They were unable to play Aug. 27 when Fort Campbell was forced to forfeit due to Covid restrictions.
Todd Central was able to schedule an opponent to fill the vacancy Friday. The Rebels traveled to Russelville where they suffered a 10-0 loss at the hands of the Panthers.
According to WCHS head coach Zach LaGrange, the plan is to schedule a game to fill the currently open date on Sept. 24. The opponent is not likely to be Todd Central, however, because the Rebels already have a contest scheduled with Monroe County for that Friday.
The time frame is relatively short, with just about two weeks between now and the open date. But in the current climate, numerous teams are already accustomed to scrambling to fill vacancies in the schedule.
In all, 28 games across the state were canceled last Friday night, including locally the Henderson County game with Christian County. HCHS was posted as the winner after Christian canceled. So far this season, 69 games have been called due to Covid.
At this point, Webster County is scheduled to play at Louisville Moore this Saturday at 3:00 pm Eastern Time. The Mustangs are 0-2 with losses to Southern and Waggener, both also in Louisville. They also have a 0-0 cancellation against Louisville Seneca on their record.