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Temple-Belton football game canceled over COVID-19 scheduling protocols

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Posted at 4:48 PM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 17:48:27-05

The Temple-Belton football game that was originally scheduled for this Friday, November 13, 2020 will not be played this year because of COVID-19 protocols.

The 12-6A District Executive Committee (DEC), which consists of administrators from all the playing districts, voted to allow each team the opportunity for one rescheduled game in response to COVID-19 implications.

The vote noted that the rescheduled game should be played in the order that the game was originally canceled.

This decision will apply to all schools in the playing district and will impact regularly scheduled games between other schools.

The Belton-Harker Heights football game was the first missed game for Belton High School due to COVID-19 safety quarantining efforts which means this is the only game eligible to be rescheduled for the Tigers.

The rationale behind the DEC’s decision was based on the current schedule, which includes only one bye week, and therefore, allows for only one make-up game.

The DEC, including TISD representatives, exhausted all options in an effort to provide schools the most games without compromising safety or providing an unfair advantage for other programs.

With the possibility of having more games cancelled this season as schools continue to manage COVID-19 implications, the idea of having multiple teams make up multiple games became impossible.

"Though we hoped to play the game this year, we stand behind this decision and applaud the safety efforts of all schools in our playing district. We appreciate your patience in this matter as school districts across the state continue to make decisions to navigate these unprecedented times," the statement said.