~ PVN staff report
LURAY, Sept. 29 — Luray High School Athletic Director Don Ehlers announced yesterday afternoon that Friday night’s football game at Stuarts Draft has been cancelled.
“Luray will not be able to compete due to COVID protocols within the varsity football program,” Ehlers stated in his announcement.
No further details were provided on how many cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed within the LHS football program, or if players are simply being quarantined for potential exposure to the virus.
As of Wednesday, Page County Public Schools was reporting four active cases at LHS on its COVID dashboard. LHS has reported a total of 23 cases of the virus since the start of the school year. The school division as a whole has reported 147 cases of COVID-19 since Aug. 23, with 35 cases currently active.
The school system shut down three schools — two elementary and one middle — for about a week earlier this month due to a spike in cases and quarantine due to exposure.
Luray’s football team is currently 4-0 and considered a contender for both a district and regional title. In Stuarts Draft, the Bulldogs would have faced their toughest challenge of the season against the two-time 2A state runner-up. The Shenandoah District powerhouse has lost two straight state titles to Appomattox.
With the open week due to the cancellation, the Bulldogs will next host Central (Woodstock) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8. Luray now faces a tough district scheduled, with East Rock, Strasburg and Clarke following the Central game.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 45-27 win over non-district Skyline in the first regular season meeting between the two teams. Luray racked up 424 yards of offense in the game and held the ball for nearly 31 minutes of the game.