COVID-19 forces delay in Yukon-Mustang Bedlam game

Players for the Yukon Millers will have to wait a little longer for an opportunity to get revenge for last year’s loss to the Mustang Broncos.
The game has been postponed until Saturday.
Mike Clark, Yukon’s athletic director, made the announcement Tuesday morning.
Clark said the game will kick-off at 6 p.m. at Miller Stadium.
Officials said the game, which was set for Friday, is being delayed because players from Mustang came in contact with a Choctaw player who tested positive for the coronavirus.
The contact occurred on Aug. 21 during a scrimmage, said Kirk Wilson, a spokesperson for the Mustang School District.
Wilson said the district consulted with the county health department as well as the state epidemiologist about the situation.
Several athletes were believed to have had contact with the infected player from Choctaw.
“We have disputed their findings based on a thorough review of the scrimmage film, in an effort to target our quarantines to the CDC standard of ‘close contact,’” Wilson said.
However, the decision stood.
“In the end we have no choice but to abide by the state epidemiologist ruling. CCHD has been contacting the individual(s) to advise of a quarantine that will extend through (and include) Friday,” Wilson said.
Mustang Superintendent Charles Bradley said the decision to change the game day was a mutual decision and allows the school to continue its process of contact tracing and quarantining the appropriate students.
“We have worked very hard to target our contact-tracing and quarantining so as not to cause undue distress in our community, and we feel like this broad-brush decision-making goes against our efforts.”
Meanwhile, Millers’ football coach and assistant athletic director Jeremy Reed said his staff continues to work to protect its student-athletes.
“Yukon Miller staff has done an amazing job at enforcing procedures and protocols that keep our players and program safe,” Reed said. “Although we are disappointed we won’t be able to play on Friday, we are excited to play on Saturday and glad all of the Mustang players are able to participate.”
Tickets for the game are limited and cost $10 each. They must be purchased in advance from either school. Tickets will not be available at the gate.
In addition, those attending the game will need a ticket to enter the parking lot.
For Yukon fans, tickets will be available Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the west parking lot of Miller Stadium.
No refunds will be available and all tickets sold will be honored as before.
For those who want to watch the game, but are unable to obtain tickets, the game will be streamed at athletics.yukonps.com/home/tickets. The cost to stream the game is $12.

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