According to an announcement on the West Washington Senators page this afternoon, the Washington County Health Department has approved a plan to allow the county’s first-ever semi-state football championship game.
The West Washington Senators Varsity Football team advanced past the regional round last Friday night and will play Covenant Christian for the Class A Semi-State championship Friday night at Art Sanders Field at 7p.
Earlier this week, first-year West Washington High School Athletic Director Darrin Russel said he was confident the school would get to play their football game Friday night.
“As far as semi-state we have been in communication this weekend with the IHSAA and State health department and are confident that we will be able to host,” he said. “It isn’t what you want if you’re playing for a chance to go to state [finals] but just thankful that we are playing and the kids will get the opportunity to play on Art Sanders Field.”
In a social media post this afternoon, the school noted:
This is the first semi-state football tournament held in the county.
The Senators play in a semi-state game last year at Indianapolis Lutheran and were defeated 49-0.
The Senators last played in a Semi-State game in 1994 when they lost 27-6 to Sheridan.
The year before, in 1993, the Senators capped off a winning season by playing in the RCA Dome for the Class A State Finals against North Miami. The Senators lost 37-16.
Newcomb said it would have an economic impact on the school as well.
“Without any income coming in with the gate and concessions, and still paying officials and a few workers, it will make it difficult to operate very long,” he said. “The money that is generated throughout the basketball season also helps to fund the spring sports. With all that being said, we do realize the health and safety of our student-athletes, our workers and the community that comes to watch them is the most important piece to this whole puzzle.”
Should Washington County turn to red, which is the highest rate of Covid-19 spread, Morgan said he would cancel all athletic events.