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Tigers forfeit two games

By Michael Butler

The Tallassee High School football team has been hit by the coronavirus. It is the second time during the season that the Tigers have had a positive test. This time it will cost the team two games.

"Before the Wetumpka (game), we weren't in school," THS principal Chet Stewart said. "Even though you don't necessarily like it. We did the right thing. It's unfortunate. There was a lot of emotion. There were some tears shed."

There was also a positive test among cheerleaders. All football players and cheerleaders have been quarantined and will be completing their school work virtually. Coaches have also been quarantined.


"We pulled seating charts," Stewart added. "It wasn't just football and cheer. It was other students as well. Those students will be able to come back on Oct. 21. They'll be working in Google Classroom. Their teachers will be posting their assignments."

Tallassee was scheduled to play Talladega and Holtville in two pivotal region games. The Tigers were in a three-way tie for second place with a 2-1 region record before the news came last Thursday.

"We felt like we had them playing well and had a really good chance to win these two and put us in the playoffs. You can't get them back. The kids have worked hard. The coaches have coached hard."

Homecoming plans have also changed. It is now moved to the week of Oct. 26-30. Carroll of Ozark will be the Tigers' opponent in the final week of the regular season.

"Everything will move to that week," said Stewart. "Fortunately we had another home game. We're going to make the best of it. It's all you can do at this point."