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COVID-19: Brownwood suspends football activities

Mark Wilson
Just days after Stephenville's Yellow Jackets posted their 59-34 District 5-4A Division I football victory Friday in Brownwood, a positive COVID-19 test forced the Lions to suspend all varsity football activities, including their next two district games. The Brownwood ISD website states that "rescheduling options are being examined."

The Brownwood Independent School District announced Wednesday on its official website that all of its varsity football-related activities involving students have been "suspended" because "a student-athlete" tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Brownwood’s suspension will include the District 5-4A Division I varsity football games that had been scheduled for Oct. 9 against Midlothian Heritage, and Oct. 16 versus Waco La Vega.

Stephenville is a member of the same six-school district as Brownwood, Heritage and La Vega, along with Alvarado and Waxahachie Life School. The Yellow Jackets were scheduled to play at home Friday night (Oct. 9) against La Vega.

A couple of weeks ago, officials from the six schools in the District 5-4A Division I football alignment had already voted to switch all three games that had originally been scheduled for Nov. 6 to the Oct. 2 open date. The BISD website states that “subvarsity and rescheduling options are being examined.”

The Brownwood varsity football suspension will continue "until those quarantined are cleared to return to campus."

Brownwood’s junior varsity football game Thursday (Oct. 8) was played on schedule, at Bangs.

As of press time, there have been no disruptions or changes in the Stephenville athletics schedules caused by the Brownwood suspension of those two varsity football games.

Stephenville has already had its District 5-4A Division I football game versus the Lions, a 59-34 win over the Lions last Friday night in Brownwood.

The SHS volleyball team played in Brownwood Tuesday night, but the second-half district matchup between the two schools is scheduled to be played in Stephenville on Oct. 23.

The BISD news release about the positive test states: "The student was last on campus on October 2; we anticipate resuming varsity football activities on October 19. Varsity games with Midlothian Heritage on October 9 and La Vega on October 16 are canceled.

“We are working with the Brownwood Health Department to identify and notify anyone who may have had close contact with the student. Remote instruction plans for those students will be put into action while they are off-campus."

A related post on the BISD website states:

“Working with the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department, all individuals who came in potential close contact with the individual have been notified. All areas heavily used by the student have been disinfected.”