After a second COVID-19 forced forfeit last week, the Trojans are set to take the field this week in a rare Saturday afternoon football game, hosting a largely untested private school from middle Indiana.
Webster County took its sixth loss of the season on Friday when COVID-19 protocols forced the cancelation of their game against Union County. The match-up would have been both teams first 3A District 1 game of the season.
The loss is the Trojans’ second COVID-19 forfeit of the year. The first came on Sept.3 when Webster County was forced to cancel a game against Todd Central. That game is one of just two wins the Rebels (2-4) have collected on the season.
Both forfeits this season are recorded as 1-0 losses for Webster County, due to Kentucky High School Athletic Association rules. The only way to erase those losses is for the contests to be rescheduled. That is unlikely to happen since the Trojans have no more open dates available between now and the end of the season.
The Trojans are scheduled to return to action this weekend in a rare Saturday match-up against Dugger Union Community School, an Indiana-based K-12 charter school with a total enrollment of 543 students. There are 189 students in grades 9-12. The school closed in 2015 due to budget shortages. The move by the public school system ended the facility’s 100 years in the small town of Dugger in Sullivan County, about 90 miles due north of Evansville.
Local faculty, though, fought to keep the school open and pursued a different route: becoming a charter school. After being turned down initially by the state, the school reached an agreement with Grace College, a Christian school and seminary in Winona Lake, IN. The school is in the final year of its seven-year charter.
The Bulldogs have played just one game so far this season, a 46-6 loss to the Indianapolis Crimson Knights, a team comprised of players from home, charter, and private schools.
The game is scheduled to kick-off at 2 p.m. in Dixon.