By Mike Lee
The winner of Friday’s De Leon at Goldthwaite football game will qualify for the Class 2A Division I playoffs, even though the game will determine which team finishes fifth in the six-team district.
Because of multiple COVID-19 tests, the Coleman ISD began remote learning Thursday, Nov. 5, to Nov. 20. During this time, Coleman will have no extra-curricular activities, which means the Bluecats’ football season was shut down. The Bluecats (6-3 overall, 2-2 in district) had clinched a postseason berth and was scheduled to play Winters on Friday to determine this Nos. 3 and 4 playoff seeds from District 4-2A DI.
“There are currently several positive COVID-19 cases in the district as well as many pending cases. We want to be proactive in providing educational services during very unpredictable times,” Coleman superintendent Brandon McDowell wrote in a statement released publicly Wednesday.
Now, Winters will elevate to the No. 3 playoff seed, and the De Leon-Goldthwaite winner will be the No. 4 playoff seed. The Eagles (2-7 overall) are scheduled to host the Bearcats (1-8) at 7 p.m. Friday at Eagle Field.
Coleman also ended its volleyball and cross country seasons. The volleyball team had advanced to the regional quarterfinals, and the cross country team had runners qualify for regional.