FLORENCE, S.C. – While the remnants of Hurricane Sally might cause more postponements Friday, at least two games in the Pee Dee won’t take place for other reasons.
The scheduled matchup between The Carolina Academy and The King’s Academy has been called off, according to both coaches.
“We just decided at this time that it would be a good idea to take a break from activities because of wanting to be safe for our kids,” TKA coach Keith Rogers said. “It’s a non-region game, so we decided that we’d just take an extra step of keeping our kids safe.”
Rogers referred any questions about positive COVID-19 tests to the head of the school.
However, Bobcats coach T.J. Joye said that’s the reason he was given for the game not be played.
“Yes, it’s COVID related,” Joye said. “I can’t testify (to a player or coach testing positive). … But yes, it is COVID related.”
Though not a region game, Friday will mark the second time this season The Carolina Academy will not play because of the virus. The Bobcats’ season opener also was canceled after one of the players on the team received a false positive from one of the tests.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Joye said. “We tried to play this game, but they wouldn’t out of concerns about COVID. It’s sad.”
Pee Dee Academy, TKA's opponent last week, will also not be in action Friday against Thomas Sumter, but not for reasons pertaining to COVID-19.
According to PDA coach Jonathan King, the Generals were simply too injury-riddled to field a team.
“I think they had about 17 players and had a handful of them get hurt last week,” King said. “So they weren’t going to have enough to play this Friday night at least.”
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