MISSOULA — Friday's Class A football game between Corvallis and visiting Butte Central was postponed until Saturday at 7 p.m. due to a positive COVID-19 case at Butte Central.
The case is not a player or staff member on the football team, said President of Butte Central Schools and head football coach Don Peoples Jr. The team and school are currently going through previously established health protocols.
"We do have a positive case at the school," Peoples Jr. said. "Our administrative team is working with the Butte Silver-Bow Health Department to work through the protocols."
Peoples Jr. said he believed the game would still be played. Part of the protocol is contact tracing. There simply wasn't enough time to work through all the details ahead of a Friday evening kickoff, Peoples Jr. said.
"This was the prudent thing to do," he said. "It gives more time for our team and health department to help us work through the protocol."
The game, which marks the Blue Devils' homecoming, was originally scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday evening. Corvallis announced the postponement in a release sent to media outlets early on Friday afternoon.
"Unfortunately, due to an unforeseen issue, our homecoming football game tonight vs Butte Central has been postponed to 7 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) night," Tucker announced in the release.
Butte Central has already had to forfeit one game this year, its originally-scheduled opener at Hamilton. Central indicated that was due to a mix of training restrictions and a lack of practices due to wildfire smoke.
"You know how it goes, you have to be ready to adapt," Peoples Jr. said. "But our plan is right now to play the games. The other thing to say is that the protocols we have in place are very well thought out and based on the great help of the health experts."
Jordan Hansen covers a bunch of stuff for the Missoulian and 406 Sports. Shout at him on Twitter @jordyhansen or shoot him an email at Jordan.Hansen@406mtsports.com
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