FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Fairborn City School officials say the varsity football games on September 11 and September 18 will be rescheduled after the district was notified of a positive virus case of an opposing team member who was involved in last Friday’s game.
West Carrollton confirmed Tuesday it was canceling the next two Fridays’ games after a player tested positive for COVID-19.
At the guidance of the health department and state orders, the district says any athlete that came into direct physical contact with this player will be quarantined. The coaching staff has reviewed the film in order to determine which players need to be quarantined. Those players are being contacted by Varsity Football Coach Randy Kerns.
Fairborn Athletic Director Kevin Alexander told 2 NEWS a significant number of players were affected. Those who remain unaffected can still practice, although practice for Wednesday was canceled. Regular practice is expected to resume Thursday, according to Alexander.
The dates of the quarantine go through the end of the day on September 18. As a result, varsity games on September 11 and September 18 will be rescheduled. Fairborn was scheduled to play at Tippecanoe on Sept. 11 and at home against Sidney on Sept. 18. The team is 2-0 so far this season.
A grandparent of a Fairborn J.V. Football Player and a Cheerleader says she wants to see her grandkids happy but is concerned for their health being at risk.
“It’s very real and very scary,” said Laquette Lester. “I’m praying for them, the teams, coaches, fans, everyone to just be safe and think of everyone involved. We all want to play, but we need to play safely.”
Another J.V. Parent said they’re trusting the school system to help keep their child safe.
“Fairborn’s staff have done an excellent job and I’m not worried at all,” said Fairborn Parent Chad Kincer. “We know the risks and how to comply with the guidelines, so I’m not worried about my kid playing.”
Fairborn is working to reschedule the varsity games. The Freshman and Junior Varsity teams are unaffected and will play Sidney as scheduled.