TIFTON, Ga. (WALB) - The Friday night matchup with the Tift County Blue Devils and the Valdosta Wildcats has been canceled.
The game was canceled “due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases on our football team,” Tift County Schools wrote in a Facebook post.
The school system recently announced that Head Football Coach Ashley Anders was hospitalized with the COVID-19 and the flu.
Tift County Schools Superintendent released the following statement:
“In order to provide clarity, the Tift County High School football program has four positive players and one positive coach as of this Friday. At this time, the team has not been quarantined and next Friday’s game has not been canceled. We are working with the Department of Public Health to continue contact tracing. As we have said from the beginning, this situation remains fluid, and we will continue to respond accordingly. We have been sharing our weekly numbers, and they continue to remain low. The numbers reported this week include all current positive football players and coaches. They also include all quarantined possible exposures we were aware of at the close of business Thursday. We report positive cases to the Department of Public Health daily as required by the state and assist in contact tracing. The Tift County School System will continue to do our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in order to provide for the safety and security of our staff and students. We appreciate your continued patience and grace at this time.”
Valdosta City Schools also released the following statement about ticket prices:
“Anyone who purchased tickets for the game against the Tift County Blue Devils can receive a refund. Please bring your tickets to the Bazemore-Hyder ticket booth Monday, September 14 through Wednesday, September 16, from 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. for your refund. No refunds will be given to anyone without their tickets or after September 16.”