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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Lake Norman-Statesville game canceled; Wildcats looking for new opponent
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Lake Norman-Statesville game canceled; Wildcats looking for new opponent

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Local high school football took another hit from COVID-19 this week.

Statesville’s home game Friday night against Lake Norman has been canceled due to quarantines, the result of contact tracing at Statesville. It will not be made up, according to Statesville athletic director Sonny Schofield.

The Greyhounds and Wildcats did not get to play in the spring either during the delayed 2020 season.

“It happens,” Statesville coach Randall Gusler said. “That’s unfortunately part of it.”

Lake Norman coach Jonathan Oliphant said Thursday around noon that they were in the process of trying to find a replacement game for Friday. This is not the first time they’ve had to fish for another opponent. The Wildcats picked up Mitchell County last Friday when North Iredell was not able to play them as originally scheduled.

Another intra-county matchup Friday was affected by similar circumstances.

South Iredell will not face West Iredell for its home opener after all.

South Iredell athletic director Shawn Cioffi said the West Iredell game had been canceled. He said the Vikings would instead host High Point Christian Academy.

The kickoff time changed as well. The game will be played at 7:30 p.m.

West Iredell athletic director Mickey Jordan said the entire Warriors football team is not quarantined but noted that West did have a large number of players under quarantine due to contact tracing.

South Iredell is 1-1 with a win over North Iredell and a loss to Statesville. High Point Christian Academy sits at 0-1. The Cougars lost their opener last week, 52-42 to Harrells Christian Academy.

NIHS jayvee game postponed

North Iredell’s home junior varsity football game Thursday against Bunker Hill was postponed.

Athletic director John Sherrill said the Raiders hope to make up the game Thursday, Sept. 9.


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