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Texas High School Football: Alice to forfeit second game due to COVID-19

Quinton Martinez
Corpus Christi Caller Times

Alice athletic director Kyle Atwood confirmed the Coyotes football program will forfeit its second consecutive game this week due to COVID-19.

Alice (1-3, 1-2) was scheduled to face Class 4A Division I No. 3 Port Lavaca Calhoun on Friday, but Atwood said after consulting with local and state health officials the district is asking for a second negative test from athletes before allowing them to return to action inside of the 14-day quarantine window.

More than 500 tests were conducted last week — not all exclusive to the Alice athletics department — in the hopes of returning to practice Monday. Because some tests at the high school returned positive, guidance suggested requiring a second negative test in order to return to action. 

Miller defeats Alice 73 - 34 at Memorial Stadium in Alice on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.

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The school is offering testing Tuesday and Wednesday. Atwood said he is hopeful that would still permit the Coyotes volleyball program to compete in a bi-district playoff match and the school's cross country athletes to participate in the District 31-4A meet set for Saturday at West Guth Park.

However, that would not be enough time for Alice's football team to begin practice for the Friday game against Calhoun, causing the team to take the forfeit.

District rules consider the game a forfeit, and award the maximum plus-18 points to Calhoun for tiebreaking purposes. Alice receives minus-18 points in point differential. 

"We're looking at hopefully having results back Thursday or Friday," Atwood said. "If we can get them back to run them on Friday and Saturday and hope for a regular week of practice next week to play T-M with the hopes of trying to make the 2020 playoffs."

Quinton Martinez covers all things sports in South Texas. Support local coverage like this by checking out our subscription options and special offers at Caller.com/subscribe