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.

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