McDonald County homecoming game against Seneca cancelled

Seneca, Mcdonald County Football

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – The McDonald County and Seneca high school football teams will not play this Friday, Sept. 25. The decision comes after discussion concerning players under COVID-19 close contact quarantines.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, the McDonald County R-1 School District says Seneca schools reached out to them to discuss Friday’s game.

Seneca requested to let some of their players, who are under quarantine for close COVID-19 contact, play in the game. That’s according to a social media post made by McDonald County R-1.

The post continued, “We consulted with MSHSAA which informed us they ‘do not support, condone nor agree’ with the action of permitting players under quarantine to participate in athletic events. We also contacted our local health department and following their advice, Seneca school officials were informed their players must adhere to the same guidelines required of our Mustang athletes which means players under quarantine are not eligible to play.”

McDonald County R-1 stated that their district did not cancel the game, “Seneca called McDonald County on Thursday morning and related they had determined playing without the quarantined players jeopardized the safety of their team. As a result, they decided not to play the Friday night football game with McDonald County High School.”