Two more Delaware high schools cancel football games due to COVID-19

Brad Myers
Delaware News Journal

COVID-19 concerns continue to shorten the schedule in an already condensed Delaware high school football season.

Milford has canceled its next two games, while William Penn has canceled its next game and postponed another.

Milford will not play Thursday’s Henlopen North home game against Smyrna, as well as its traditional Battle of the Bell matchup against archrival Lake Forest on Thanksgiving Day.

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William Penn football players work due a preseason practice on Oct. 5. The Colonials have canceled Saturday's game against Middletown and postponed a Nov. 27 game against Appoquinimink due to coronavirus concerns.

Milford football coach Shaun Strickland could not immediately be reached for comment.

According to the Delaware State News, a message from Milford School District superintendent Kevin Dickerson said the cancellations were made “due to a positive COVID-19 case and related exposure.”

The Buccaneers (1-2) were already forced to skip a game on Oct. 30 when Woodbridge was unable to play due to multiple positive coronavirus tests. Milford now has only one game remaining, Dec. 4 at Sussex Central.

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William Penn has canceled Saturday’s Blue Hen Conference home game against Middletown. The Colonials have postponed their home game against Appoquinimink on Nov. 28, in hopes that it can be rescheduled.

A post on the Colonial School District Facebook page attributed to William Penn football coach and athletic director Matt Sabol stated that an individual associated with the Colonials’ football team has tested positive for COVID-19.

The post said the individual followed mask and social-distancing protocols, and the Delaware Division of Public Health determined it was not necessary for student-athletes to quarantine for 14 days.

But the post went on to state that the case affects multiple personnel, and football games and practices will be discontinued until Monday, Nov. 30.

If the Appoquinimink game cannot be rescheduled, William Penn (2-2) will have only one game remaining, Dec. 5 at home against Concord.

Coronavirus concerns have also affected two other fall sports programs at William Penn.

The Colonials’ volleyball team missed three games over a two-week stretch early in the season, but has since returned to action. William Penn’s boys soccer team has been able to play only one of its seven scheduled games so far, a 1-0 victory over Delcastle on Oct. 20.

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