Zephyrhills will have to cancel its first two football games of the season after a player tested positive for coronavirus, Pasco County athletic director Matt Wicks said.
Under CDC and county health department guidelines, any athlete who tests positive must quarantine for 14 days, as well anyone who comes within six feet for more than a 15 minute duration with any protective facewear.
The Bulldogs will be able to start practicing again in two weeks, forcing them to cancel their opener on Sept. 11 at Lake Gibson and not giving them enough time to prepare for their home opener against Wesley Chapel on Sept. 18.
This is the third bay area school that had to cancel a season opener this week because of a player testing positive for the coronavirus. Hillsborough and Jefferson each had their openers wiped out. Their opponents, Gaither and Chamberlain, instead will kick off the regular season against each other on Sept. 11. The Terriers and Dragons will now play in the regular season finale on Nov. 6.