Update: Summit football to take on rival Battle Mountain on Friday
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include the newly scheduled game.
DILLON — The Tigers (1-2) have found a new opponent for their road game this weekend.
Summit High School Director of Athletics Travis Avery confirmed Tuesday that the Tigers will play at rival Battle Mountain High School (2-4) at 6 p.m. Friday in Edwards. Per Eagle County COVID-19 rules, no spectators will be permitted at the game.
The road trip to Battle Mountain replaces a planned road trip to Frederick High School slated for Thursday evening. Frederick had to cancel the game in Longmont because of a change in the county’s COVID-19 rules.
Like some other teams in Colorado, the Summit High School football program has had its season chewed up and spit out by the novel coronavirus pandemic. After a statewide decision initially moved the Tigers season to the spring, Summit opted for a shortened fall season after the state left the decision up to individual districts.
After beginning their season in October, the Tigers opened the campaign with a loss at home and won their first road contest. Then multiple quarantines at the high school canceled practice — and in-person schooling — for weeks, delaying the team’s next contest until Saturday, Nov. 14.
The Frederick cancellation comes after Central High School in Grand Junction canceled Summit’s originally scheduled road game for this weekend, also related to COVID-19.
The two final games Summit is trying to play this fall — the Friday game and a potential Thanksgiving weekend game — would cap a five-game season. The original season plan called for seven games.
Because the Tigers have played only three games, they are not eligible for the Colorado High School Activities Association fall football state tournament, which begins this week.
Other schools in the state, including Aspen and Steamboat Springs, plan to play a six-game regular season followed by playoffs from March through May.
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