~ PVN staff report
LURAY, Oct. 1 — Luray High School Athletic Director Don Ehlers announced earlier today that in addition to cancelling Friday night’s football game at Stuarts Draft, the school has also decided to postpone the following week’s game against Central of Woodstock.
“…the varsity football team will not be able to compete Friday October 8, 2021 vs. Central of Woodstock due to COVID protocals within the varsity football program,” Ehler’s notice reads. “The game is postponed at this time.”
No make-up date has been announced and 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 Friday, Page County Public Schools was reporting eight active cases at LHS — all among students — on its COVID dashboard. LHS has reported a total of 27 cases of the virus since the start of the school year — four in just the last few days. The school division as a whole has reported 158 cases of COVID-19 since Aug. 23, with 36 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 this Friday due to the cancellation of the road trip to Stuarts Draft and the postponement of the Oct. 8 Central game, the Bulldogs will not suit up and play again until potentially Friday, Oct. 15 when they are scheduled to travel to East Rockingham. Luray then faces a tough district schedule with Strasburg and Clarke following the East Rock game.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 45-27 win on Sept. 24 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.
To check schedules, rosters, results and standings for local high school sports,
see the Bull Run District website.