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Eau Claire North football game at Superior cancelled Friday due to COVID-19

Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 12:41 PM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Disappointment at the doghouse.

After winning their first football game in six years, the Eau Claire North Huskies won’t have enough players to compete in the week three match up against Superior due to COVID-19.

“Last year a lot of teams took things very cautiously worked in pods and this year we were back to more business-as-usual lifting weights together watching film together and when you do that it changed the game as far as the close contacts that you wouldn’t have if you did things a little differently,” said Athletic Director Mike Pernsteiner.

He says while disappointing for the team, safety comes first.

“This is to be expected after going through the 2020 season there’s going to be some adversity along the way we are learning that COVID hasn’t gone away,” said Pernsteiner.

The AD spent the day delivering the discouraging news to parents like Lynn Archibald-Smith.

“I guess it’s been a little overwhelming, disappointing, heartbreaking … he feels bad for the seniors probably the most,” said Archibald-Smith.

Seniors like Trey Steele.

“I heard about it through a message sent from coach he said practice is canceled E didn’t understand why at first,” Steele said.

Later, Steele would realize it was COVID-19, again. As did junior quarterback, Tyler Everson.

“We were all devastated cause we had all the momentum going for us,” Everson said.

Everson hopes his teammates won’t let this slow them down.

“When we come back to practice guns blazing get back into it one hundred percent effort,” said Everson.

For now, Steele, tries to look beyond the X’s and O’s

“Our health is more important than the actual game, so we have to wait for a decision … want to make sure the team is doing well,” said Steele.

Athletic Director Mike Pernsteiner couldn’t confirm how many positive cases the team currently has. All the athletes WEAU talked to today say they’re feeling good. With positive tests requiring a 14-day quarantine, next week’s game could potentially be in jeopardy as well.

The Eau Claire North football game at Superior set for Friday, September 3 has been cancelled.

Eau Claire North Athletic Director Mike Pernsteiner released a statement Tuesday afternoon confirming that the game has been cancelled.

“Due to lack of available players this week in the North High School varsity football program, the North/Superior football game scheduled for Friday, September 3, in Superior has been cancelled,” Pernsteiner said. “Our athletic director, coaches and administration will continue to monitor the status of the program for upcoming games.”

The school confirmed that the low numbers are due to COVID-19 spread.

Eau Claire North last played on August 26, defeating La Crosse Logan 20-14 for their first win after 51 straight losses dating back several seasons. The JV football game that was scheduled for Monday, August 30 was cancelled at the request of Eau Claire North, according to La Crosse Logan Athletic Director Jordan Gilge.

Gilge added that La Crosse Logan is proceeding normally this week outside of the JV cancellation and plan to play at Sparta on Friday.

Superior Athletic Director Ella Olson said that if no other school lets them know by the end of the day Tuesday that they’re willing to come up to Superior and play Friday in a replacement game, they will take the week off.

Eau Claire North is scheduled to play Chippewa Falls at home on September 10 for their next game.

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