CHICO, Calif. – The return of Pleasant Valley Varsity football was postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test on the opposing team.
Players were crushed that their return to the turf has been put on hold again.
Because of that positive COVID-19 test, both fields look empty.
On the night that was supposed to be their first game back.
“We said this — it could possibly happen, and sure enough it happened to us,” said PV Head Coach Mark Cooley.
Under Friday Night Lights, empty bleachers and an empty turf,
The positive test result on the Sutter High Varsity football team, forced the game between the Vikings to be cancelled.
“It was weird, it was hard for us to wrap our brains around,” said Wide Receiver and Defensive Back Sean Saise. “We’ve been looking forward to this game for such a long time, and it just got cancelled on us like that. It was hard.”
Players and coaches say it was even more painful, because the news came less than 48 hours before kickoff.
“We were having a great practice as a matter of fact,” said Cooley. “And you get that sinking feeling at the bottom of your stomach. You could just tell, they knew something was up.”
“Just the look on their faces was — that’s the part that kind of got me, as I said hey we’re not getting a game this friday night,” he said.
“We were all pretty sad about it,” said Saise. “A couple of us were tearing up, and it was — it was a rough night.”
A rough night like the one Coach Cooley remembers when there almost wasn’t a season.
“It looked exactly like it did when we said you weren’t gonna get a football season three months ago,” said Cooley over the phone.
“All we’re asking for at this point is to just get on the field,” said Saise when talking about his senior season this year. “And we’ve been asking for way too long for things like this to keep happening.”
Several other high schools in Butte County have already had their first game, some schools already in their third week.
We reached out to Sutter High School today, we have yet to hear back.