Loganville Christian Academy’s Region 8-A Private debut will have to wait a few weeks as the school announced Wednesday that it has canceled its next two games due to coronavirus concerns.
The Lions (2-4) were set to face Athens Academy – ranked No. 4 in Class A Private – on Friday night and were scheduled to meet Prince Avenue Christian – ranked No. 1 in Class A Private – on Friday, Nov. 6.
Athens Academy athletic director Kevin Petroski on Thursday afternoon confirmed that the Spartans’ game Friday night had been canceled and won’t be made up, nor will it be registered as a forfeit. Athens Academy is 6-1 overall and 0-1 in region play.
“It’s considered a no-game,” he said. “Each region can determine how they select their top four teams, and if a school has to do this, (some regions are) counting it as a forfeit but we aren’t doing that in our region. We’re just calling in a no-game.”
Richard Ricketts, athletic director at Prince Avenue Christian, also said that the Wolverines’ game with Loganville Christian won’t be made up.
“They called and said they had to quarantine some kids or something, and it’s one of those things you can’t argue with now,” said Ricketts. “It’s gone. Neither (Prince Avenue nor Athens Academy) will be making it up. It’s a no contest.”
Loganville Christian joined the GHSA this year after a decade in GISA. The school’s athletic director, Andrew Kell, was unavailable for comment on Thursday.
Prince Avenue (6-1, 1-0), which opened region play last week with a 41-7 victory over Athens Academy, will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at George Walton. The Wolverines have a bye the week of Nov. 13 games, essentially giving them two weeks off during a critical point in the regular season.
“We’ve been reaching out to a few people to see about playing because the week after our game with Loganville Christian is our off week and we really don’t want two weeks off,” said Ricketts. “But we haven’t had much success so far.”
Loganville Christian’s announcement is the latest in a season-long string of game cancellations across the state, many of which affected the schedules of Athens-area teams.
In early September, Rabun County called off its Oct. 2 game against Oconee County (which subsequently replaced the game with a road trip to Thomasville), Burke County canceled its game on Sept. 18 against North Oconee (which later picked up a game against Cambridge) and Madison County cancelled its Sept. 11 game against Holy Innocents’ after 30 Red Raiders players were either in quarantine or had been asked to stay home due to concerns about the coronavirus. Madison County was later able to schedule a game on Oct. 2 at Monroe Area.
Also in September, East Jackson canceled its first two games and didn’t begin play until Sept. 18 and on Sept. 30 Cedar Shoals called off its Oct. 2 game against Winder-Barrow. On Oct. 8, East Hall announced the cancellation of its Oct. 9 game against Cedar Shoals and its Oct. 16 game against Jefferson.