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Football Teams in Orange and Red Counties Will be Allowed in Playoff Bracket



(Tom Bragg/WVSN)

The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission changed course on Friday, announcing the tops 16 teams in the high school football playoff ratings in each of the Mountain State’s three classifications will be included in the postseason bracket for each class.

That change, however, comes with a catch. If a school is located in an orange or red county when the weekly state department of education COVID metrics map is released each Saturday, that team gets one week to see if their county color changes to an acceptable green, yellow or gold. Here is how it will work: teams in orange or red counties will have their games scheduled for 1:30 p.m. the following Sunday — allowing them seven days for their home county map color to change in the next week’s Saturday map update. If the county color goes to green, yellow or gold the game will go on as scheduled on Sunday. If not, however, that team will take a forfeit and its opponent moves on to the next round.

The regular season was scheduled to conclude Saturday prior to cancellations, so the end of games Friday night marked the end of the 2020 West Virginia high school football regular season. The fields for all three classes are expected to be set and officially announced by the WVSSAC following the release of Saturday’s map.




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Tom Bragg covers WVU, Marshall, high schools and other sports for West Virginia Sports Now. Tom spent more than a decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia covering high school, college, youth and professional sports for newspapers in Huntington, Fairmont and Charleston before joining WVSN in 2020. Tom is a graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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