By ERIC X. VICCARO
Add Ste. Genevieve to the list of football teams impacted by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic this season.
The Dragons’ home game versus DeSoto this past Friday was cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances,” as reported by the Ste. Genevieve R-II school district during the middle of last week.
“Unfortunately for us, it happened at the end of the (regular) season,” said Ste. Genevieve head coach Ken Weik.
Ste. Genevieve R-II activities director Dr. Jeff Nix said there’s still a possibility this week’s game versus Affton will take place.
However, the chances of that are “remote” at best, both Nix and Weik said.
It all depends on guidance from the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department. Look for details on the Ste. Genevieve Herald’s Twitter page @HeraldSte.
Schools across the state have juggled schedules this season due to the pandemic, with area schools such as Perryville, St. Vincent and Fredericktown among those impacted.
Ste. Genevieve (3-4 record) replaced Fredericktown with St. Pius X of Festus, with the Dragons defeating the Lancers 59-28 on Sept. 25 — which also happened to be their Homecoming game.
Weik said there are plusses and minuses to sitting out for possibly as long as two weeks.
“We’re going to be healthier going into Week 10 because of a couple weeks of rest,” the coach commented.