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Oregon’s Jordon Scott continues community outreach

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For Jordon Scott, benevolence is just as important as bulldozing past opposing offensive linemen. 

On Thursday, the Oregon defensive tackle headed to St. Petersburg with his mother and other family members to provide food for children and the homeless. In all, the former Pinellas Park standout helped give away more than 2,000 slices of pizza, along with bags of chips and sodas. 

“It was a big deal because I know due to school being out most kids look forward to that guaranteed meal from school,” Scott said. “So it was huge for me to be a part of something like that and help out.”

In the trenches, Scott constantly battles through double teams before bringing down ball carriers. Off the field, he has a knack for lifting others up. 

Oregon's Jordan Scott/Photo credit: Oregon Athletics
The Oregon Ducks take on the Utah Utes in the 2019 Pac-12 Championship game at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California on December 6, 2019 (Eric Evans Photography)

“He is one of the hardest-working, most selfless kids you’ll ever meet,” Pinellas Park coach Kenny Crawford said. “Ask any teacher or administrator at this school. They all know him and love him. He just has that kind of personality. He’s always willing to give back.”

Scott’s generosity has continued with the Ducks. Three weeks ago, he worked on some drills with the Special Olympics team. 

“I’m very active in the Eugene community,” Scott said.

And that will continue, at least for another year. The 6-foot-1, 322 pound rising senior considered entering the NFL draft before deciding to return for his final college season. He has averaged more than 30 tackles in each of his first three seasons.

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No more fans at Pasco County sporting events after COVID spike

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Pasco County has decided to limit all athletic activities to students and coaches due to the recent spike in coronavirus cases. 

That means no fans or media members in attendance. 

The new rule starts on Monday and will last until the positivity rate, which has climbed to nine percent, drops to below five percent for a rolling seven-day period. 

In the past two weeks, two county football teams — Wiregrass Ranch and Fivay — had to forfeit playoff games because of a player testing positive for coronavirus and multiple team members and coaches having to quarantine due to contact tracing. 

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COVID case ends Osceola’s volleyball season

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Osceola, which made the Class 5A region finals in volleyball last season, had to forfeit Monday’s district quarterfinal match because its entire junior varsity and varsity teams are quarantining after a player tested positive for the coronavirus on Sept. 25, Pinellas County athletic director Al Bennett said.  

By forfeiting, the Warriors ended their season. They were ranked fifth in the state in Class 5A and were expected to go on another deep playoff run.

“We have to follow what the health officials tell us,” Bennett said. “It’s tough because Osceola is one of our best volleyball teams in the county. I talked to the Florida High School Athletic Association and they said there were plenty of other teams around the state in the same situation.”

Under CDC and Pinellas County health department guidelines, any student athlete who tests positive must be quarantined, as well as anyone who comes within six feet for more than a 15-minute duration without any face covering. Osceola’s quarantine ends on Oct. 19, a week after the district tournament.. 

All the players have currently tested negative, including the one who was originally positive. But the quarantine did not end. The Warriors also had to postpone their appearance in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship game. That title game against St. Petersburg will be made up once the Green Devils’ season ends. 

“It’s heartbreaking for the seniors to have their season end this way, but we’re really excited for the chance to play the PCAC Final at home for senior night as our last match of the season, against our toughest competition, St Petersburg,” Osceola coach Ashley Martin said.”It will feel like a state championship since a trophy is involved.”    

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PHU cancels season opener after a football player tests positive for coronavirus

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Palm Harbor University’s season opener against rival East Lake this Friday has been cancelled after a Hurricanes player tested positive for coronavirus, Pinellas County athletic director Al Bennett confirmed in a text message.

It was unclear how many PHU players are currently under quarantine. According to CDC and county health department guidelines, a player who tests positive must quarantine, as well as anyone who comes within six feet for more than a 15 minute duration with a face covering.

The Hurricanes next game is scheduled for Sept. 17 at Wharton. Bennett said the school is looking into moving that game to Saturday or Monday to avoid another cancellation.

The Eagles will now host Sarasota Riverview in Friday’s opener.

This is the fourth area football program that had to cancel its season opener after having a player test positive for the virus.

Hillsborough and Jefferson, which were supposed to play on Friday, both have players under quarantine. Their opponents, Chamberlain and Gaither, are now kicking off the regular season against each other.

Zephyrhills is in a similar situation and had to cancel its first two games.

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