COVID-19 sidelines Safford volleyball, cancels football game with San Tan Foothills

Safford football to play Fountain Hills instead

Staff Reports

SAFFORD – The COVID-19 pandemic has sidelined the Safford volleyball team until at least Oct. 23 and has caused the cancelation of the Safford football team’s gave against San Tan Foothills. The football team will instead travel to Fountain Hills to take on the Falcons.

Three varsity volleyball players recently tested positive for the virus, forcing the entire team to be placed in quarantine until Oct. 22.

“This has not been a decision the health department and SUSD administration has taken lightly, but to follow state, local, and AIA guidelines, this is what we must do to protect students, staff, and out community,” a letter from SUSD administration to parents stated. “If all goes well, we should be able to return to practice on Oct. 23.”

The quarantine will cause the scheduled matches against Coolidge (Oct. 13), Thatcher (Oct. 15), San Tan Foothills (Oct. 20), and Florence (Oct. 22) to not take place as scheduled.

The Safford football team already missed its originally scheduled season opener against Willcox after the Cowboys were previously quarantined, now it is San Tan Foothills’ turn.

The Pinal County Health Department decided to temporarily close the school through Oct. 21 and its Friday, Oct. 16 game against Safford has been canceled.

Safford will instead travel to battle the Fountain Hills Falcons (2-0) of the 3A Metro East Region. Fountain Hills beat Florence 48-47 last Friday.

The Bulldogs (1-0) won their game last week against Round Valley, 14-12.

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