Two CMS high school football games canceled because of COVID-19 protocols

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For the second week, at least two football games involving area high school teams scheduled for Friday have been canceled because of COVID-19 protocols.

Olympic High School’s game against Rocky River was canceled because of positive COVID-19 cases, and Myers Park’s game against Mallard Creek was canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

This is the second consecutive week that at least two games involving Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools have been called off.

“It can be real disappointing ... A lot of people look forward to going to football games and celebrating the team,” Olympic High School senior Brianna Davis said.

Davis was disappointed to hear that the game had been canceled, but she is glad to be back in school after a year of virtual learning.

With cancellations piling up, many people are thankful when Friday night lights can happen on schedule, such the West Charlotte vs. Harding University High. Fans said they are grateful for any time spent on the field this year.

“Glad it is back, man. Glad to see two West side schools going at it. It is always a good game. Good rivalry,” said Justin Harris.

While cancellations have hit the football field, there have not been any reported outbreaks at CMS that have closed classrooms.

Davis said she’s being cautious.

“I kind of keep my distance from people... keep my mask on, sanitize after I touch everything. Just doing stuff to protect myself,” she said.

She also said she had received her first COVID-19 vaccination and was getting her second shot on Friday.

As far as games go, there aren’t many COVID-19 restrictions. There are no capacity limits or mask mandates for fans when the game is outside. The players and coaches have to wear masks on the team buses.

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In Union County there have been several confirmed positive COVID cases this week on the Parkwood High School football team, which has forced the school to cancel its next two varsity games.

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