TENNERTON – With Buckhannon-Upshur seeing their third straight football game get canceled this Friday night because of Upshur County being orange last Saturday on the state’s COVID-19 pandemic coding map, there was talk of the Buccaneers maybe playing a game on Sunday or Monday if the county went back to green, yellow, or gold this Saturday.
The WVSSAC is allowing games to be played on Sundays this year due to the pandemic, but Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Duane Stoeckle said his Bucs won’t be playing on either of those days.
“We’ve had offers to do that but it wouldn’t be safe for our team,” remarked Stoeckle. “The state has only allowed us to lift weights and do conditioning while we’ve been orange the past three weeks. We aren’t even allowed to put on our helmets when we run. This Sunday would make it three weeks without contact, so it just wouldn’t make sense for us to take on a game this Sunday or Monday.”
With the schedule always seemingly in motion, Stoeckle gave an update of what the Bucs are preparing for the final two weeks of the season.
The Bucs, 1-4 on the season, are scheduled to play at Preston on Oct. 30 and then wrap up their season on Nov. 6 hosting Elkins.
Preston is still forced to find neutral site games since their bleachers were deemed unsafe several weeks ago.
“If we are allowed to play Preston next Friday, it will be played at University High because the Preston bleachers are still condemned,” remarked Stoeckle. “If we are yellow or green and they are too, we’ll play each other. If we are both gold we’ll play each other.”
In the confusing world of the color-coded map, if Upshur is gold and Preston is yellow or green, the two teams can’t play.
Gold teams/counties can play other gold team/counties and Stoeckle said the Bucs could play Lewis County or Clay as possible substitutes.
“If we don’t play Preston next Friday because of the map, we have some other options,” noted Stoeckle. “It’s all very confusing but if we and Lewis County are both gold, we could play Lewis County in Weston. If Lewis County is not gold but Clay County is gold we may play Clay County at home. If we aren’t orange we’ll play somebody, we are just not sure who that will be.”
Nearly two dozen games were taken off the schedule due to the COVID-19 metrics map including the originally scheduled Bridgeport vs. Buckhannon-Upshur contest that was slated to be the Homecoming game for the Bucs.
Bridgeport found a replacement as they will host Spring Valley this Friday.