The Warriors had their varsity football season delayed by a week after learning that three of their varsity players had tested positive for COVID-19.
Two players had initially tested positive on March 4 and did not come to the next practice, but a third player who had tested negative the same day came down with symptoms. That player practiced with the team and during a subsequent test, he tested positive, according to Galt head coach Tim Cobleigh.
The team started its quarantine March 7 after guidance from Sacramento County Public Health and after retesting on March 8, tested negative.
The JV game was unaffected, with the Cougars defeating the Warriors 26-0 March 12, but the varsity game will be rescheduled for April 9. Due to their shortened season, the JV teams will have a rematch on April 9 as well.
Learning they’d need to wait at least another week before their season could start understandably left players disappointed, Cobleigh said.
“They were angry, they were sad, they were frustrated, fed up. They understood, they knew it was a possibility. It was just a gambit of emotions with the whole thing,” Cobleigh said.
The Warriors, who test every Monday for COVID, tested again March 15 (the results weren’t available as of press time) and are hoping to return to the football field this week on the road against Bradshaw Christian.
“I told them to stay positive. We should be able to return to practice on Wednesday,” Cobleigh said of his players.
The varsity game is set for 6 p.m. and the Warriors’ JV team will play at home Saturday against Tokay at 11 a.m.