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Columbia Acad. latest victim of Week 11 COVID cancellations

By Chris Yow

Columbia Academy athletics director Pernell Knox confirmed on Thursday the Bulldogs would have to sit out this Friday’s game against Fayette Academy due to COVID-19 cases among team members.

“We had a couple positive tests on our team, and we’re expecting a few more,” Knox said. “We felt it was in the best interest of everyone to shut it down.”

With a playoff spot locked up, CA will also likely be forced to forfeit their first-round playoff game as well. Knox said administrators will meet on Friday to discuss options for playoffs, but said the outlook was “gloomy.”

Knox said he expected this would happen at some point in the school year, but the unfortunate timing makes it more difficult to handle. He added there were no concerns going forward, as protocols are set in place for these issues.

“I’m not concerned; we’ve done our homework, and we have the kids’ health and safety out front,” Knox said. “With things changing day-to-day, not knowing where kids are getting it from, we don’t feel like we have any major issues in the school.

“If it was a CA thing, it’d be one thing, but we have no idea where kids are getting it.”

The Bulldogs are the third local team affected by COVID in Week 11. Summit and Spring Hill each earned wins against their region opponents this week. The Raiders were also the beneficiary of a shutdown of DeKalb County’s program, meaning Spring Hill has advanced to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs, set to be played two weeks from Friday.

Chris Yow is the multi-media director for Southern Middle Tennessee Sports. Reach him by email at sports@sm-tnsports.com or on Twitter @ChrisYow14.

Summit-Page contest postponed due to COVID-19

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Summit Athletics Director Chad Kirby confirmed to SM-Tn Sports on Thursday the Spartans’ contest with Page, scheduled for Friday, has been postponed at this time.

“They got hit pretty hard, and have a lot of players out,” Kirby said.

Summit is searching for a replacement game to avoid the additional open week. The Spartans missed their Week 5 contest against John Overton due to Metro Schools being out at the time.

“We are looking for a game, but it would have to be the right fit,” he said.

Summit joins Columbia Academy and Independence as teams sidelined this week due to COVID-19.

This is a developing story, check back with SM-TN Sports for more information.

Independence football shut down due to COVID-19

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With a critical Region 6-6A game against Brentwood scheduled for Friday, Independence’s football team has been shut down for at least the rest of this week due to COVID-19 protocols.

According to an email obtained by SM-Tn Sports, Independence has closed its campus due to a high number of COVID-19 contact tracing until at least Monday, Oct. 5.

All extra-curricular activities, including Friday night’s football game with fifth-ranked Brentwood, have been postponed. If the game cannot be rescheduled, it would be ruled as a forfeit win for Brentwood and a no-contest for Independence.

Independence becomes the fifth area school to have to postpone or cancel games due to COVID-19, joining Columbia Academy, Mt. Pleasant, Richland and Spring Hill. CA is still in a two-week quarantine and will also miss its game Friday against Jackson Christian.

Richland, Spring Hill to play over fall break

By Chris Yow

After both Richland and Spring Hill were forced to shut down their programs over COVID-19 concerns, coaches Nick Patterson and Ben Martin knew getting one of those games back would help their teams.

Martin called Patterson and the two were able to work out a deal where the two Raiders squads would face off on Friday, Oct. 9, at Spring Hill.

“(Martin) called me and said he wanted to play us,” Patterson said. “We negotiated a little bit and decided to go ahead and do it. We needed a game, and they were offering.”

Both schools missed Weeks 4 and 5 due to restrictions levied through COVID-19 protocols. Richland had positive cases among its coaching staff, while Spring Hill’s entire school was shut down for 14 days.

Both teams have key region games remaining, and Patterson said playing a team bigger than his and with the athleticism Spring Hill brings, will benefit his team going down the stretch. Spring Hill, though, is in Class 4A, while Richland plays in Tennessee’s smallest classification.

“They are a bigger school, and they have some really good athletes over there,” he said. “But playing a team like that will prepare us for games against our region.”

Richland, who fell to 2-2 (1-1 Region 5-1A) with a loss to Fayetteville 20-6 on Friday, still has Cornersville, Huntland and Moore County on the region slate to close the season.

Spring Hill (0-4) returned to action on Friday as well, falling to Class 6A, No. 7 Mt. Juliet 28-0. Spring Hill resumes Region 4-4A action this week against visiting Maplewood.

CA football shut down two weeks under COVID protocol

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Columbia Academy’s football team will have to shut down for two weeks following a positive coronavirus test inside the program, athletics director Pernell Knox confirmed on Monday.

Coach Charlie Lansdell watched the Bulldogs’ game two weeks ago from his vehicle, but was on the sideline during this past Friday’s game at Nashville Christian. Lansdell told SM-Tn Sports he was being admitted to the hospital Monday afternoon.

Quarterback Bryant Beranek sat out Friday night’s game as a contact-tracing precaution.

“I thought it was safer … to shut it down entirely,” Knox said.

The Bulldogs, who fell to 0-4 (0-2) with Friday’s Division II-A West Region loss at Nashville Christian, will miss this week’s league game against visiting University School of Jackson and their Oct. 2 region contest against visiting Jackson Christian.

Columbia Academy is the fourth area football program to be sidelined as a result of the pandemic. Richland and Spring Hill are each expected to play their games this week against Fayetteville and Mt. Juliet, respectively, while Mt. Pleasant is hoping to schedule a game for Saturday following a mandated two-week suspension.

Mt. Pleasant football hit with COVID-19; Cornersville contest postponed

By Chris Yow

The Mt. Pleasant Tigers’ football team has postponed their upcoming Friday night region game against Cornersville due to a positive COVID-19 test of at least one player.

Mt. Pleasant Athletics Director Eric Hughes confirmed to SM-Tn Sports on Monday afternoon the Tigers would not play on Friday or against Wayne County next Friday night. Practice has also been canceled to allow for a deep cleaning of the football facilities.

“We are working with Cornersville to get a date for later in the season,” Hughes said. “Next week’s game against Wayne County will not be played next Friday night. We are working with them on a possible alternative date.”

The Tigers have had only one positive test among players, but Hughes said the school is following protocol and through contact tracing, several players would be required to quarantine.

“Out of an abundance of caution, and due to the number of players affected, we decided to pause those games,” Hughes said.

Hughes added he hoped the team would be able to resume practice later this week following the deep cleaning of the facilities with the players remaining.

Cornersville has an open date on Oct. 9, while Mt. Pleasant is scheduled to play Loretto in non-region play. The Wayne County game will not be played on Sept. 25, but Hughes said he hopes the two schools can come up with an agreeable option to play.

“We are trying to be creative,” Hughes said. “We’re trying to look at the schedule as a whole. Region games are priority, and we’ve talked to Cornersville about a couple of scenarios. We’re just waiting back to hear from (Cornersville officials).”

Richland-Lookout Valley canceled: Following the cancellation of last week’s game with Summertown, Richland will also not play against Lookout Valley this week due to COVID-19 among the Raiders’ coaching staff. Richland hopes to return to action on Sept. 25 against Region 5-1A foe Fayetteville.

Spring Hill remains shut down: Spring Hill athletics continue their shut down following a rash of positive COVID-19 tests among its student body population earlier this month. The Raiders’ will miss this Friday night’s football contest against Tullahoma.