Baldwin High School's region football game scheduled for Friday against Howard High School was canceled.
The contest was canceled due to COVID concerns on the Howard football team, and no make-up date has been discussed.
Bibb County School District communications specialist Hannah Moore confirmed that Howard’s football team has been quarantined after three positive cases were found. The team will return to the practice field Nov. 11.
Region 4-4A coaches decided before the season that due to uncertainties with the COVID-19 pandemic teams would be able to count four out of the six scheduled region games in case of cancellations. The Baldwin-Howard game will not go down as a win or a loss for either team even if it is not made up before the end of the regular season.
The Braves already had a very limited schedule this season as it was decided back in August that the team would play only region opponents this year. That gave Baldwin just six games before the Howard canceled.
"Of course we're disappointed," Hicks told The Union-Recorder Wednesday. "Our preparation is always the same, and our kids are playing pretty good ball right now. What it does do is gives us a chance to work on academics. Anybody who's behind on any work, especially our freshmen who are transitioning from middle to high school, this gives them the opportunity to catch up... I hate to see us have to cancel. I do understand that we are in a global pandemic and things like this happen. You never know, it could be you the next time. I just hope everybody over there is OK. We want to play football, but safety has to come first. All we can do now is get ready for homecoming."
The Braves' next game will now be played Friday, Nov. 6 at home against Spalding High School, which will serve as Baldwin's 2020 homecoming.