Lebanon football forced to forfeit semifinal game after Bow reports COVID-19 case

  • As the Lebanon sideline begins to celebrate, linebacker Christopher Childs runs back a fumble for a touchdown as Bow defensive back Alexander Boisvert gives chase during the second quarter in Bow, N.H., on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Lebanon went on to win, 30-6. (Concord Monitor - Geoff Forester) GEOFF FORESTER

Valley News
Published: 11/13/2020 12:08:18 PM

For the entirety of this coronavirus-affected high school football season, Lebanon High found success as easy as A, B, C and occasionally D. There was just one thing against which the Raiders couldn’t fully defend.

A promising campaign ended one round short of the finals on Friday morning when Lebanon canceled Saturday’s NHIAA Division II semifinal with Plymouth at Henry Emerton Field. The school was notified on Thursday of a positive COVID-19 result for a member of the football community at Bow High, the squad the Raiders topped, 30-6, in Saturday’s D-II quarterfinals.

The Raiders were told to await word from the state Department of Health and Human Services on whether they would have to forfeit to the Bobcats or attempt to reschedule the game. On Friday morning, Lebanon coach Chris Childs said too many of his Raiders came into close contact with the infected Bow player — and hence would face a 14-day quarantine — to make rescheduling the game an impossibility.

“Basically, we have too many kids that have been exposed for us to continue,” Childs said. “My heart just melts for the seniors and the kids. We had a great year, and to have something like this cut it short sucks, for sure.”

Lebanon’s season ends at 6-1.

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