HSFB: Seahawks sidelined by COVID-19, next two games cancelled

The matchup we had tabbed as the Lowco Game of the Week in the S.C. High School League won’t happen Friday night.

Hilton Head High’s football team has been sidelined by COVID-19 again after two students at the school tested positive — including a varsity football player, the school said in an email to parents. 

The varsity football team will be quarantined through Nov. 3, but the coaches were not considered close contacts and the junior varsity team was not impacted, the email said.

That means the Seahawks will not be able to travel to May River on Friday for what figured to be a pivotal Region 7-4A matchup that likely would have decided the final playoff spot from the region. The quarantine means Hilton Head High also will have to cancel its next game at home against Beaufort High on Oct. 30. 

May River had an open date on Nov. 6, the final week of the regular season, but the Seahawks are scheduled to play at Colleton County that week. Hilton Head High already had to rearrange its schedule after having its season opener postponed two weeks due to COVID-19 exposure.

The unbalanced schedule could create a dilemma with how to allocate the region’s two playoff spots. May River athletic director Brett Macy said the region’s ADs will meet next week to determine how to proceed.

The game was supposed to be May River’s homecoming, so Macy said the school still plans to hold some sort of event to mark the occasion. Any plans will be announced on the school’s website.

The Sharks travel to Orangeburg-Wilkinson for a non-region game next week.

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