Canajoharie/Fort Plain football has called off its game scheduled for Saturday due to a COVID-19 exposure within the program.
The team was scheduled to play Chatham in a Section II Class D game at Hudson High School, but Canajoharie/Fort Plain coach Shannon Hyney said in a phone interview Wednesday that the game was pulled from the schedule following a positive test from an athlete within the program following the team’s scrimmage with Cohoes last Saturday.
Hyney said the pause occurred when a player from the merged-district team had a family member test positive for the novel coronavirus. The player’s initial, rapid test came back negative, but a second diagnostic test came back positive.
“We just got the notice today, we are shut down,” Hyney said.
Both the Canajoharie and Fort Plain school districts have posted notices of a positive COVID-19 case in the school community on their respective district websites within the last week.
Canajoharie/Fort Plain’s Week 1 game against Cohoes was changed to a scrimmage, Hyney said, because the team had a number of players who had to quarantine at the start of the “Fall II” season due to an issue stemming from the abbreviated wrestling season.
“It is what it is,” he said. “I think a lot of the schools are going to be in that boat right now.”
Hyney said the positive test within the program affected 18 players who would be in quarantine, leaving the team without enough athletes to compete this weekend against Chatham. Hyney added that none of the team’s coaches are affected by the quarantine.
The quarantine is scheduled to end early next week, Hyney said, which would put the team in position to play its Week 3 game against Helderberg Valley on April 2 at Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam.
“I think they’re out of quarantine by next Monday,” he said, “and I think we’re back by Tuesday.”
Officials from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.
Chatham will instead play Lansingburgh, which lost its opponent for Week 2 when Holy Trinity pulled out due to a lack of players that was not related to COVID-19. Chatham is coming off a postponement of its Week 1 game due to a COVID-19 issue within its own program.