COVID-19 Hits 4 Charleston Area High School Football Teams In First Week Of Training | Sports
An increase in COVID-19 cases in the state has affected several high school football programs in Lowcountry as teams enter their first full week of preseason training.
Four Charleston-area high school teams have been forced to suspend training as they follow coronavirus protocols put in place last year at the height of the pandemic outbreak.
Wando, West Ashley, Bishop England and Cross have suspended training at least until next week. Charleston County School District communications director Andy Pruitt, Wando and West Ashley can resume team training on August 15, which means both programs will miss the Charleston County football jamboree on August 13. Wando is the host team for the jamboree.
Wando is scheduled to open the regular season on August 27 against James Island, while West Ashley is set to play an opening game on August 20 against reigning Class AAA State Champion Daniel.
Bishop England is currently training with 12 vaccinated players while the rest of the squad go through a period of quarantine. Head coach John Cantey has said his entire squad will be able to resume training on August 9, but will be forced to cancel two pre-season scrimmages. Bishop England opens the season on August 20.
Cross will also be missing the entire training week due to quarantine. The program was also quarantined during summer training.
“It’s already our second 40 and it’s making it really difficult for the players to prepare for the season,” said head coach Shaun Wright.
Cross will also miss preseason scrimmage opportunities, but hopes to compete in a jamboree at Branchville High School on August 13. The Trojans will open the regular season on August 27.
The 2020 football season has been delayed by more than a month. Teams didn’t start training until after Labor Day and the regular season, shortened to seven games, began on the last Friday in September.
The regular season went with only a few COVID-19 issues, but Oceanside Collegiate and First Baptist saw their state playoffs end early due to testing positive in November.