(9-9-21) COVID 19 is in full force in high school football again this season. The pandemic continues in not just Ohio…but in neighboring states of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and across the country.
Last Friday night Kirtland had an open week after their opponent, Westinghouse Academy (Pittsburgh), had to place its team in quarantine. The Hornets have won 43 consecutive games, one of the top 5 streaks in the US, but missed a week of play due to COVID 19.
Athletic Directors and Coaches are reliving last season’s nightmare every week. As the season continues state associations have to have some concerns about season-ending playoffs.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) has already made some changes, including the number of games teams need to play to be eligible to play in the playoffs….from 8 games to 5 games. Also computer points will face some adjustments due to cancellations and the way they are calculated.
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has not announced any adjustments. Presently an IHSA team needs to win 5 regular season games to qualify for the playoffs, six wins to guarantee a spot.
The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) playoffs includes every school, they are not seeded brackets come from a blind draw.
Each week we see more and more cancellations due to quarantines. Ohio and Indiana enter week 4 of the season, Illinois and Michigan will start week 3. Only time will tell the final impact COVID 19 wi8ll have on the high school football season.