West Virginia high school football playoff update

Parkersburg and Williamstown forced out by COVID-19 infection rate.
WTAP News @ 6 - Playoff runs ended by COVID-19
WTAP News @ 6 - Playoff runs ended by COVID-19
Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 10:21 PM EST
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WTAP News @ 6 - Playoff runs ended by COVID-19

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - We are through week one of the high school football playoffs in West Virginia.

Some teams were eliminated by opponents on the football field, while others were knocked out by bad CORONAVIRUS numbers in their counties.

For the Parkersburg Big Reds and the Williamstown Yellowjackets that’s exactly how the season ended

The 2 teams were preparing last week to host playoff games on Sunday afternoon, if Wood County could get it’s COVID-19 infection rate down to a level that would allow them to play under the WV Department of Education and State Secondary School Activities Commission guidelines.

Unfortunately Wood County’s was ranked level Orange in the state’s COVID-19 metrics and the 2 teams found out on Saturday evening their playoff run was over before it even started.

The Big Reds closed out their season at 6-2 and they finish up 6-2, while the Yellowjackets were 5-2

Monday was a day for the players to clean out their lockers and for the coaches to think about what might have been.

The St. Marys Blue Devils also saw their game with defending champion Wheeling Central canceled due to the covid number situation in Ohio County.

The Blue Devils advance to next week’s quarterfinals and they will host Midland Trail Sunday afternoon at 3pm. That game will only be played if Fayette County’s COVID-19 numbers drop out of the Orange range when the new metrics will be released Saturday.

Another area team, Ritchie County, is on the road next Saturday against Greenbrier West in another Class A team.

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