One player on Tucker County football team tests positive for COVID-19; Mountain Lions shut down for two weeks

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PARSONS, W.Va. – Tucker County football head coach AJ Rapp confirmed to 12 Sports that a TCHS football player has tested positive for COVDI-19.

According to Rapp, he and others within the team and high school learned about the positive case on Saturday.

“I’ve talked to him twice since then, and he’s said he’s fine both times,” Rapp said. “I found out Saturday afternoon. He let me know first, and then I let the proper authorities above me know. And then everything played out from there.”

Due to this, and other contact tracing efforts, the Mountain Lions have been shut down for two weeks, and will not play again until mid-October.

Four other players are being quarantined, as well, according to Rapp.

According to Rapp, this positive case on the team is not believed to be connected to the positive case within the Moorefield High School football program. Tucker County played against Moorefield on Sept. 18, with neither side knowing that Moorefield had an infected person at the game.

The single case within the Mountain Lions program is believed to be part of the overall outbreak within the county.

Tucker County is now the second local team to have a case within its program since the football season began, joining Lincoln.

The good news for the Mountain Lions, according to Rapp, is that he’s been given permission to conduct outdoor practices in small groups during the two-week layoff. This will continue to allow Rapp to work with his young team.

“We met there Monday morning, and we kind of sat down and talked things out. And took in advice from the health department. They’re allowing me to still practice outdoors in small groups,” said Rapp. “So, it’s actually kind of beneficial with the young team that I have that I can bring in small groups and work with them. Like yesterday, I brought in the wide receiver, backs, and quarterbacks.”

Rapp said that for the time being he’s split up his skill players and linemen into groups.

He also said that despite the positive case and the two-week layoff, his team appears eager to get to work in the meantime.

“I’m glad to see their attitudes are good,” Rapp said. “They’re kind of disheartened that they don’t get to play. That’s easy for a team that’s young and not being real successful to kind of have that negative feeling. But I really haven’t seen that from our guys. They’re kind of really wanting to be there.”

He also said he’s happy to see his team so disappointed in the fact that they won’t be able to play for a

After having this past Friday off, Tucker County will go close to one month without playing a game. The next scheduled game that the Mounain Lions will be able to participate in will be played on Oct. 16 in Parsons against Hundred.

Tucker County will miss scheduled games against Pendleton County and East Hardy during this time off.

Stay with 12 Sports and 12 News as we continue to provide updates on the COVID-19 outbreak in Tucker County.

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