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Wheeler not coaching BG playoff game

Marauder leader ‘exposed’ to virus

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic head football coach Justin Wheeler will not be on the sideline with the Marauders Saturday for their District 6 Class 1A first-round playoff game against Bishop McCort.

Bishop Guilfoyle canceled its game last Friday against Central Cambria due to potential exposure to a COVID-positive individual on the Marauders sideline during a win over Chestnut Ridge on Oct. 10.

Cleared members of the team and coaching staff returned to practice and school on Monday, but Wheeler was not among those coaches.

“We did have one additional positive COVID case, and Coach Wheeler was exposed to that individual so he can’t be on the sideline Saturday,” Bishop Guilfoyle athletic director Joe Landolfi said. “He was exposed on our sideline and was asked to quarantine 14 days by Penn Cambria (where Wheeler is employed).”

Landolfi said the situation at Bishop Guilfoyle changes by the hour, not the day.

“It’s actually an hourly thing,” Landolfi said. “We’re really going above and beyond here trying to keep everybody safe, keep the kids in school and follow safety protocols from the Department of Health and the CDC. Our administration has gone above and beyond. It’s really just an hourly thing. They are doing contact tracing, analyzing data sets and really want to make absolutely sure that everyone is safe and that anyone with any COVID concerns will not be on the field.”

Despite all the moving parts, Landolfi was sure the Marauders who were cleared would play Bishop McCort on Saturday at Mansion Park at 7 p.m.

“Anybody who may have been in contact with a COVID-positive person or that we have any COVID concerns about will not be on the sideline Saturday,” Landolfi said. “There’s no chance (BG doesn’t play). There’s no chance of that.”

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