For 4th time in 4 weeks, York-Adams League football game is canceled because of COVID

STEVE HEISER
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Another York-Adams League football game has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Early Thursday afternoon, Biglerville athletic director Anthony Graham announced that the Canners’ home game vs. Fairfield, set for 7 p.m. Friday, has been canceled because of positive COVID-19 cases within the Biglerville varsity football program.

“The Upper Adams School District has followed established health and safety protocols and are taking this matter seriously in the interest of the health and well-being of all students and staff,” Graham said in an email announcement.Biglerville and Fairfield, each located in Adams County, have now each lost two games this season to a pandemic-related issue.

It’s the second consecutive game that Fairfield has had canceled. The Green Knights’ game last week vs. St. James School was called off because of a COVID issue within the Fairfield program.

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Biglerville, meanwhile, lost its season opener vs. Pequea Valley.

Fairfield, according to a Twitter post on the school's website, is actively seeking a new foe for this weekend.

The Canners-Green Knights game was scheduled to be the York-Adams League Division III opener for each team. Fairfield is 1-1 on the season, while Biglerville is 0-2.

The Y-A League has now lost one game each week because of the pandemic. The York Catholic-Trinity game was called off in Week 2.

That means all of the games that have been called off thus far have involved York-Adams Division III teams, which features smaller schools with smaller rosters. Those teams have less of a cushion if they lose players because of COVID.

The Y-A League is not alone in having games canceled. Numerous contests in District 3 and across the state have also fallen victim to the pandemic.

The delta variant has led to a recent surge in COVID cases in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.