3rd Summit High School football game canceled due to novel coronavirus
Additional game planned for mid-November, possibly another around Thanksgiving
The Tigers’ varsity and junior varsity football games versus Battle Mountain next weekend are canceled due to the novel coronavirus according to an email from Summit High School Athletics and Activities Director Travis Avery.
The home game originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 6 versus rival Battle Mountain is the third consecutive game canceled for the Tigers (1-1). It’s also the final home game on Summit’s schedule for this season. Summit hasn’t played since a road win at Thornton on Oct. 15. The Tigers lost their only home game thus far this season, to Conifer on Oct. 9.
Avery said Tigers football is currently scheduled to resume its season at Fort Morgan on Friday. Nov. 13. The Fort Morgan game is the final game scheduled for Summit’s condensed fall season after the program decided to play in the fall as opposed to the spring after the Colorado High School Activities Association left it up to individual districts to choose between fall and spring seasons. The association opened up the possibility for teams to return to an abbreviated seven-game fall football season after the state governing body initially pushed all football games to spring due to COVID-19.
Avery said due to the manner in which the Colorado football season is scheduled, missed games will not be made up. He added per Colorado High School Activities Association rules, Summit will be able to schedule at least one additional game after Fort Morgan, possibly two. He said the varsity team is in the process of scheduling its first additional game at Central High School in Grand Junction for Nov. 19, 20 or 21. He said the junior varsity season will conclude on Nov. 14.
Avery said the second additional varsity game would have to occur over Thanksgiving weekend on Nov. 26, 27 or 28. As a result, the athletic department is currently exploring if it will proceed with the option for an additional game.
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