Football: Fairview out of Friday playoff game; ThunderRidge moves on

COVID-19 cases within FHS program halt season abruptly

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Because of a rise of COVID-19 cases within the Fairview football program, the Knights have been forced to forfeit their Friday Class 5A first round playoff game against ThunderRidge, the school announced Friday morning.

The Knights were scheduled to play the Grizzlies at Shea Stadium at 7 p.m.

The FHS athletic Twitter posted a message Friday morning confirming the forfeit, detailing specifically that too many COVID-19 cases have arisen and that the tough call had to be made.

Fairview finishes the season with a 6-4 record.

“We are sad to report that our football team will be forfeiting tonight’s playoff game against @TRidgeGrizzlies due to several confirmed cases of COVID-19,” the Twitter message describes. “This has been a tough and resilient team throughout the season and they have made our school and community proud.”

Correspondence from the Boulder Valley School District on Friday indicated that four FHS students on the football team had positive cases, but that 17 student-athletes overall were required to quarantine because of contact tracing.

Earlier on Friday morning, ThunderRidge head coach Doug Nisenson had also posted a message on Twitter indicating that the Grizzlies were moving on to the second round.

“Due to unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances, tonight’s playoff game against Fairview has been canceled,” Nisenson (@CoachNise) wrote. “ThunderRidge Football will move on to the 2nd round of the playoffs against Arapahoe.”

Adding, “… Our hearts go out to the players, coaches and especially seniors at Fairview HS.”