PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Central Catholic’s playoff football game against McDowell was canceled Friday due to coronavirus concerns.
Central Catholic was set to play McDowell on Saturday in the PIAA quarterfinals. McDowell will now advance to the next round.
“It was a huge shock,” said senior Bralen Henderson. “It was terrible news to hear.
“Anything we get, we can’t take for granted. It’s a blessing to have.”
In a release on Friday, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh says the school is moving to virtual learning starting Monday after a fourth person involved with the school tested positive for coronavirus. The diocese says students will return Dec. 1 unless otherwise noted.
“The cases appear to be independent of each other. There is no evidence of internal spread of the virus,” the diocese’s release said.
The school is suspending all athletic and extra-curricular activities that cannot be conducted virtually.
“We didn’t think that it would shut our football season down like it did,” said senior Anderson Cynkar.
“I think we’re pretty thankful that we got to play eight games and won six of them and defended our WPIAL title. So trying to find the positives in it,” he added.
Central Catholic’s football team won the WPIAL 6A championship last week.
“Give it your all, 100 percent, 110 percent every time. Roll Viks,” said senior Carter Santos.