UHRICHSVILLE, Ohio - Claymont athletic director Justin Jones tweeted on Tuesday that the Mustangs' upcoming varsity football game against Edison High School has been canceled due to a COVID-19 case surfacing within the team.
Jones told Tusco TV a Mustangs player that tested positive was held out of team activities over the past week, with the test results coming in on Monday.
Claymont becomes the latest school within the Inter-Valley Conference to be affected by the coronavirus. In the past few weeks, Newcomerstown and Strasburg have had to cancel games due to COVID-19 cases or exposure (with Newcomerstown and Claymont being the only schools noted having direct cases).
Jones said this past Tuesday if no cases surfaced within the next week, then Claymont should be cleared for Friday, Oct. 16 against Fairless; however, with Claymont moving its students to virtual learning until Friday, Oct. 23, the game with the Falcons has been canceled.
Claymont (0-7) is still slated to have their season finale on Friday, Oct. 30 against the River View Black Bears.
Meanwhile, WTOV-9 (Steubenville) reported that members of Indian Creek High School's football team were sent home from school Tuesday morning after an assistant football coach tested positive for COVID-19.
WTOV also reported that the Redskins' next two football contests would be canceled, as students would be learning virtually for the next two weeks. Per OHSAA rules, no games can be rescheduled after Nov. 14, so there is currently no word on if Indian Creek will attempt to make up the missed contests.
The Redskins were eliminated from the OHSAA state football playoffs last Friday in a 35-0 defeat to the Indian Valley Braves.