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COVID-19 forces cancellation of second straight football game for Catawba College

The next game still on the schedule has Catawba hosting Carson-Newman on October 9th.
The next game still on the schedule has Catawba hosting Carson-Newman on October 9th.(gocatawbaindians.com)
Published: Sep. 29, 2021 at 6:56 AM EDT
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SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) - The Catawba College Indians began the 2021 football season at 3-0, but COVID-19 has dealt the team two straight setbacks.

An undisclosed number of COVID-19 cases within the football program first led to the cancellation of the game at Wingate on Sept. 25. Now, the Oct. 2 game against Limestone has been canceled. That game was to take place at 1 p.m. at Shuford Stadium on the Catawba College campus in Salisbury.

“The health and safety of our students, faculty, and college community are our top priority,” said Craig Turnbull, Interim Athletic Director. “This is the best course of action for everyone. We are heartbroken for our student-athletes who worked so hard to prepare for these games and had started the season off strong.”

“This is why we are encouraging everyone at Catawba College to get vaccinated,” continued Turnbull. “Our goal is to keep our campus healthy and experience normal athletic activities.”

Due to the remainder of the schedules for both teams, a makeup game is unlikely, according to the school.

The Oct. 9 game when Catawba will host Carson-Newman is still scheduled for 1 p.m.

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