New Oxford's district football game postponed until Saturday due to COVID spike at Warwick

Kennard-Dale's Brockets Gilland, right, works to take down New Oxford's Dylan Forbes earlier this season. The Colonials' District 3 Class 5-A football game vs. Warwick has been postponed until Saturday night because of a COVID-19 spike at Warwick High School. The game was originally set for Friday night. Dawn J. Sagert photo

New Oxford’s District 3 Class 5-A semifinal vs. Warwick has been moved to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The game was originally set for 7 p.m. Friday, but a spike in positive COVID-19 tests at Warwick High School has led to the postponement.

Warwick High, located in Lancaster County, will close to students through the rest of the week, the district administration announced in a letter to families Tuesday.

Warwick has reported eight total COVID-19 cases among students or staff at the high school this fall. Five are active, and two of those required additional quarantines for close contact.

The closure will cancel all practices and open gyms for high school sports from Wednesday through Friday. The District 3 Class 4-A girls' varsity soccer game on Wednesday at Wilson has been canceled. No. 1 seed Wilson (12-0-0) will get a forfeit win over No. 8 seed Warwick (6-4-2).

The football game, however, has been postponed until Saturday night.

The Warwick football team  won’t be permitted to practice on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

Warwick and New Oxford will both enter Saturday’s game with perfect records. No. 2 seed Warwick is 7-0, and No. 3 seed New Oxford is 6-0. Warwick is ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 5-A in the latest Trib HSSN rankings and features one of the top recruits in the nation in five-star offensive tackle Nolan Rucci, who has committed to Wisconsin.

New Oxford won York-Adams Division II, while Warwick won Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two.

It is the second time in a week that the District 3 football playoffs have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, Harrisburg High was forced to forfeit its District 3 Class 6-A semifinal to York High because of a COVID-19 issue.

— Reach Steve Heiser at