Mt. Pleasant athletics director Eric Hughes confirmed Thursday that the Tigers will not play their Sept. 25 football game at Wayne County, but will attempt to line up a contest the following day once the remainder of their players are able to return from pandemic-related quarantine.
School officials announced earlier this week the team would not play its game Friday against visiting Region 5-1A rival Cornersville. At that time, it was also announced the Wayne County contest would not take place on Sept. 25, but the hope was that “a possible alternative date” could be worked out.
Wayne County has since scheduled a game for Sept. 25 against Houston County.
“We contacted Cornersville regarding the possibility of playing on Saturday, Sept. 26, since it is a region game and (stressed) the importance to play if possible,” Hughes said in an e-mail to Southern Middle Tennessee Sports.
Already scheduled to play a non-region game on Sept. 25 against Middle Tennessee Christian, Hughes said that Cornersville opted to keep that matchup in place and take the ‘COVID’ win over Mt. Pleasant.
Hughes said that approximately 30 percent of the team’s roster is currently quarantined. Those players will return from their 14-day isolation period on Sept. 25. The remainder took part in a Thursday workout.
“We will begin looking for an opponent to play on Saturday, Sept. 26, immediately,” Hughes said. “It is disappointing to not be able to make up a region game, but that decision was out of our hands.
“The pausing of our football games was a decision that was made in the best interest of our players, coaches and students at Mt. Pleasant High School. The safety and health of all students is the main concern during this crisis. We are hopeful that we will be able to get our kids a game for next Saturday.”
Currently, the Tigers’ next scheduled game is an Oct. 2 Region 5-1A contest against visiting Huntland.