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BG’s football game off because of virus

The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic high school football team is facing another significant hurdle in what has been an offseason and season full of them in its quest to return to the PIAA Class 1A championship game.

Joseph Adams, the school’s president, sent an email out to the Marauder community and the Mirror on Tuesday confirming that someone close to the team had tested positive for coronavirus.

“Today we received a report that an individual on the sidelines of the BG football game on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19,” Adams wrote. “We have consulted the Department of Health and appropriate guidelines. This individual was not in contact with other students and therefore only those on the sidelines of the game on Saturday are considered to have been in close proximity. Accordingly, the school will remain open as planned.”

Due to the positive test, the team has been asked to quarantine for a 14-day period which started Sunday and would not end until Sunday, Oct. 25. In that time, the Marauders football team was scheduled to play at Central Cambria in a regular season game this Friday and open the first round of the District 6 Class 1A playoffs next weekend.

“The BG students and coaches on the sidelines Saturday are the only ones considered to have been in close proximity to a positive case of COVID-19 and will need to quarantine for 14 days,” Adams wrote. “While in quarantine, the impacted students will study virtually, and not come to the school for studies or any extracurricular event during this time period from Sunday October 11 through Saturday October 24.”

The Marauders are currently the fifth-seeded team in the 12-team Class 1A playoff bracket, which means they would currently just miss out on a bye in the first round of the playoffs that would have pushed the start of their postseason until Oct. 30-31.

It’s possible Bishop Guilfoyle could move up if third-seeded Conemaugh Valley loses at home to Keystone on Saturday or fourth-seeded Homer-Center falls to Purchase Line on Friday.

A major reason the Marauders aren’t already in the top four is a forfeit loss to Forest Hills, due to using an ineligible player, that they won 48-0 on the field.

“We have a lot more investigation to do here,” Bishop Guilfoyle athletic director Joe Landolfi said. “As this unfolds, things may change. This whole COVID thing in of itself is a real fluid situation. What’s good one day is not good the next day and what’s not good is good the next day. For right now, that’s where we are, but that may change tomorrow.”

Landolfi was asked directly if Bishop Guilfoyle would be able to participate in the District 6 playoffs if the Marauders have to play in a first-round game next weekend.

“We took care of the steps we needed to take care of today,” Landolfi said. “(Playoff status) is to be determined. We just wanted to take care of today and take a stance and what we’re looking at for the future today, but that may change tomorrow like the world. The world could change tomorrow. We’re just dealing with the issues today, and that’s where we’re standing.”

Central Cambria athletic director Randy Wilson confirmed that there is no game this Friday between the two teams.

“The whole virus thing has been going on for eight months now, and it may develop into something else tomorrow,” Landolfi said. “That’s where we are today, and I just wanted this out there so everyone understands. We had one of our guys test positive, and we’re taking the necessary steps that we have to take today which may be different tomorrow.”

Bishop Guilfoyle, the defending District 6 Class 1A champion, is currently ranked among the top teams in the state in Class 1A and was a preseason pick to return to the PIAA final prior to the entire season being put in doubt due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bellwood game off

Another game impacted by COVID-19 locally this week is the Mount Union at Bellwood-Antis game, scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.

“We are not playing Mount Union, and we are looking for a game,” said Bellwood-Antis athletic director Charlie Burch, who confirmed a COVID-issue at Mount Union. “There’s a shot that we will not play on Friday.”

Location change

Williamsburg is moving its home game against West Branch to a larger stadium Friday to accommodate more fans. The Blue Pirates will be hosting the Warriors at Hollidaysburg at 7 p.m.

The Golden Tigers, who will be idle this week, were originally scheduled to host Carrick, but the Raiders opted to play Albert Gallatin this Thursday instead.

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