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Martinsburg High Football Practice on Hold until Sept. 5 Due to COVID-19 Case

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The Martinsburg High football program is the current juggernaut of West Virginia high school football, but the four-time defending Class AAA state champion Bulldogs will have to wait to see if they can continue their current 56-game win streak.

Berkeley County Schools announced on Wednesday that due to a positive COVID-19 test by someone that had been around the Martinsburg program the team was shutting down practice indefinitely. On Thursday, first-year coach Britt Sherman told his team they would be allowed back on the field one week from Saturday according to a MetroNews report. That means the Bulldogs’ opener against Eastern Panhandle rival Musselman High will be rescheduled.

“We have received guidance from the Berkeley County Health Department that our next scheduled practice can be Saturday, September 5th at 1pm,” Sherman wrote in a message to his team. “We will continue to control our controllables and make the best out of this situation. This will make us stronger. In the meantime, over exaggerate efforts to stay out of harm’s way of this virus but do everything you can to keep your conditioning from the first 7 days of practice. Can’t wait you see everyone on September 5th. With love and concern, Coach Sherman.”

Berkeley County Deputy School Superintendent Don Dellinger told MetroNews the person who tested positive was an adult associated with the team and there are people in quarantine as a result.

With the Musselman game on hold, Martinsburg is currently scheduled to begin its season Sept. 18 in a rare trip to the Kanawha Valley to take on South Charleston.

(photo via @MburgFootball)

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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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