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Fremont forfeits 1st-round playoff game with Copper Hills due to COVID-19 quarantine

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Updated - Oct. 19, 2020 at 6:29 p.m. | Posted - Oct. 19, 2020 at 5:05 p.m.



PLAIN CITY — The first forfeit of the 2020 Utah high school football playoffs came down Monday afternoon.

Just two days after the Utah High School Activities Association revealed the brackets for its five classifications' postseason tournament, Fremont High School revealed that it would be unable to compete Friday night.

Multiple players on the Silverwolves' team have tested positive for COVID-19, Weber School District spokesperson Lane Findlay announced in a statement from the district. Other members of the team have been placed on a mandatory two-week quarantine, consistent with local and districtwide health department guidelines.

Due to privacy reasons, the district did not reveal how many students tested positive for the virus. But under UHSAA and Utah State Board of Education guidelines, a positive diagnosis of at least three students would shut down a class (including extracurricular activities) for the 10-14 day incubation period of the virus.

Fremont's quarantine period began Oct. 14, when the individuals were confirmed to be exposed to the positive case or cases. Because the individuals were not wearing masks during the exposure period, they do not meet the criteria to have the quarantine period reduced under new state guidelines, the district added.

"The decision to quarantine the team was made in consultation with the Weber-Morgan Health Department and is in accordance with guidelines listed in the Utah Department of Health's School Manual," Findlay said.

Weber School District reported 44 secondary-school students with an active case of COVID-19, according to the district's latest update Oct. 14. The district of six high schools and 10 junior high schools also reported 685 secondary school students under quarantine, 957 cleared from quarantine, and 37 recovered cases of the disease.

Fremont beat Farmington 16-10 on Oct. 14, the same day the district said the quarantine period began. The Phoenix are currently scheduled to open the 5A state playoffs Friday at Alta.

The health department has not notified Farmington High or Davis School District of any quarantines related to last Wednesday's game, district spokesperson Christopher Williams told KSL.com. As of Monday evening, that means the Phoenix's game is still scheduled to be played.

Fremont's first-round game against Copper Hills, which the No. 13-seeded Silverwolves were scheduled to host Friday at 6 p.m. MDT, has been forfeited. The Grizzlies will advance to face fourth-seeded American Fork on Friday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m MDT.

Copper Hills (3-5) previously had two games impacted during the regular season due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Grizzlies said via Twitter.

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