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COVID-19: Nassau HS Football Team Forfeits Game After Positive Cases

Island Trees High School had to cancel its playoff game due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Island Trees High School had to cancel its playoff game due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Photo Credit: Pixabay/StockSnap

The playoffs came to an abrupt end for one Long Island high school football team that had to forfeit its opening postseason game due to COVID-19 concerns.

In Nassau County, COVID-19 took out Island Trees High school before they could face top-seeded Seaford under the lights on Friday night after a coach and some players tested positive for the virus.

It is unclear how many student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19.

Island Trees athletic director Sean Burns informed Section VIII earlier this week of the decision, ending the football team’s season at 4-4 after losing their final game 42-0 to drop into the eighth and final seed in the bracket, setting up a rematch with their rival.

According to the state’s COVID-19 “Schools Report Card,” as of Thursday, Nov. 4, 36 students have tested positive, along with four teachers in all of Island Trees High School.

The Seaford Vikings (8-0) automatically advance into the semifinal round of the Nassau Conference IV playoffs that will be played at Hofstra University next week.

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