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Opening-Week Prep Football Games Wiped Out for Four West Virginia Counties

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West Virginia’s color-coded system for deciding if public school students can return to classrooms and athletic fields around the Mountain State amid the COVID-19 pandemic was updated for the opening week of the 2020 high school football season on Saturday with bad news for several counties hoping to see the start of the season sooner rather than later.

Under West Virginia’s system, counties listed as green or yellow are allowed to continue practicing and can go ahead with actual games starting next week. Counties listed as orange are allowed to practice, but no games can be played home or away. Red counties are not allowed practices or games. Saturday’s map had three counties in orange — Kanawha, Fayette and Logan — with Monroe listed as the state’s only red county. Mingo and Wyoming counties were also initially shown as orange before an updated map had them in yellow for the upcoming week.

Kanawha County is the state’s most populous county and is home to eight football-playing high schools, so Saturday’s updated map will throw a wrench into plans all over the state next week. In addition to previously postponed or canceled games, the new list of orange and red counties will wipe out nine games scheduled for Sept. 4:

  • Cabell Midland at Riverside
  • Capital at South Charleston
  • St. Albans at Nitro
  • Winfield at Herbert Hoover
  • Sissonville at St. Marys
  • George Washington at Jefferson
  • Midland Trail at Tolsia
  • Oak Hill at Westside
  • Richwood at Meadow Bridge

 

(photo via @HHHuskiesFB on Twitter)

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Tom has spent the last decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia, most recently as the WVU beat writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and with previous stops at the Charleston Daily Mail, the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and the Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky. He was born and raised in Cross Lanes, West Virginia -- where he currently resides -- and is a 2010 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University.

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