Tyrone-Clearfield postponed until Oct. 30
P-O-PV also off due to COVID-19 concerns
Four Mountain League high school football teams had their games wiped out Friday due to a possible positive COVID-19 test in the Clearfield Area School District.
The Tyrone at Clearfield game and a Penns Valley at Philipsburg-Osceola contest were not played. Penns Valley played Clearfield last week and decided not to make the trip to Philipsburg out of precaution after being informed of the possible positive test by Clearfield.
“Last night I got a call from our athletic director, and he said there was a concern that (Clearfield) had one kid who may have tested positive, and they were going to check things out and make a decision today,” Tyrone coach John Franco said. “Today they texted (Tyrone AD Luke Rhoades). They didn’t call him. They texted him about 10:30 this morning that the game was canceled. When I talked to him, he was waiting to talk to them to find out what was going on.”
The Tyrone-Clearfield game has been rescheduled. There was no word on the Penns Valley-Philipsburg-Osceola game, but P-O coach Jeff Vroman said if it was going to be made up, he assumed it would be at the end of the season.
“It’s just an unfortunate situation for both schools,” Clearfield athletic director Robert Gearhart said in an email to the Mirror. “At this time, we have rescheduled the (Tyrone) game for Oct. 30.”
Franco said he was disappointed the game pitting two 1-0 teams against each other couldn’t be played. He said his team had a great week of practice and to have the opportunity to play taken away the same day as the game was scheduled was “disheartening.”
“You just don’t know what to expect,” Franco said. “We thought we were back into a stable, consistent environment that wasn’t affected by all the politics that are going on and we find that we are now affected just like every other facet of life.”
Philipsburg-Osceola received notice even later than Tyrone. The Mounties had planned to make Friday’s game their senior night.
“I found out at 2:30 this afternoon when I was called by my principal and told,” Vroman said. “It’s frustrating, but we knew this stuff could happen. It very well could be us on the other end of it too, you know? It’s tough. This has been a very trying year. We have been preparing, and then this happens.
“This isn’t the first time we’ve been keyed up to do things and then we have a setback. It happened with the start of the season. We have to be resilient and patient and try to grow. This gives us an extra week to get better as a football team.”
Philipsburg-Osceola assistant athletic director Matt Curtis said he was not told of any positive tests from Penns Valley and that the decision not to play Friday’s game was simply made to ensure both teams’ safety.
“Everything was done out of precaution,” Curtis said. “We were in contact with Penns Valley all day. We were not notified of the latest change and cancellation until 2:20 this afternoon. We’re obviously disappointed that we didn’t get to play, but at the same time we understand the circumstances they are dealing with.”
Rhoades also understood Clearfield’s decision.
“After what we experienced last spring, everyone is excited to get out and play,” Rhoades said. “It’s definitely disappointing, but it’s definitely understandable too.”
The sudden postponement of two area games the day they were supposed to be played left all four squads with a greater appreciation of any future games that can be played.
“They talk about the cliche that you should play every game like it’s your last,” Vroman said. “That’s not just a cliche, that’s reality now. That’s something we tell our kids every day. We have to practice and play like this is our last game, because it very well could be. You can’t blame anyone; it is what it is.”