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West Washington Superintendent and Head Varsity Football coach Keith Nance is hoping to have a replacement team lined up to play the Senators on Friday night.

The school received word earlier in the week that they would not be allowed to play Crawford County in Marengo on Friday night.

According to Crawford County Athletic Director Jerry Hanger, the Wolfpack won’t be allowing the Senators to play Friday night due to the school being off for the week due to a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the student population.

Nance said they were actively searching for another football team to play Friday night and hope to make an announcement on Thursday. 

This was posted to the Senator Sam Twitter page late Tuesday — 

“After what these young men have been through in the past 9 months they deserve to play this Friday night. We have been scouring to find an opponent in Indiana for week 2. Help us out Twitter.”

While most schools have taken two weeks off, West Washington took five days of online learning before a scheduled return on Monday, August 31.

Hanger said Crawford County Health Officer Devi K Pierce, MD made the decision.

“Pierce said that since WW wasn’t in school due to Covid 19 they couldn’t come here to play sports of any kind,” Hanger said by email. “We have to follow her rules.”

WSLM tried to speak with Dr. Pierce but she was out of town and unavailable for comment.

According to Jason Wille, Sports Information Director of the IHSAA, whether to play a game is at the discretion of each school and in accordance with guidance from local health officials.

“There is no penalty for doing this under the circumstances we all find ourselves in these days,” he said. “We expect to see a lot of this across all sports throughout the fall.”

WSLM 97.9 FM and WSLM 1220 AM will update the situation tonight on Coaches Corner at 7p, which will feature East Washington, Salem, and West Washington Senators, football coaches. 

The next game on the Senators schedule is Mitchell High School who will be playing at Art Sanders Field on Friday, September 4 at 7p.