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Comets’ cancelled game with Nottoway will be a no-contest

SoVaNow.com / September 13, 2021

Halifax County High School’s cancelled varsity football game with Nottoway will count as a no-contest, according to HCHS athletics director Allen Lawter.

Lawter said how games are, or are not counted as a win or loss depends on the schools involved

“It is my understanding that most of those games will go down as a no-contest, not a forfeit,” Lawter said, referring to games not played due to COVID-related issues. “Our game last Friday is going as a no-contest.”

With the no-contest, Halifax is 1-0 going into Friday’s Homecoming game against Park View. The Comets won their first game of the season against Person County.

As things now stand, a loss or a forfeiture is possible — it just depends on who is playing.

Nottoway was a non-conference opponent for Halifax — so probably no harm, no foul. But could a scratched game with GW-Danville, Martinsville or any of the other Piedmont District opponents could affect postseason playoff seedings.

“I think schools have to agree to this, so some could be counted as a forfeit,” Lawter said. “Of course if a game is played in its place, it doesn’t count as anything.”

Lawter expressed more than a year later fallout from the coronavirus is still very fluid situation in high school sports.

The Virginia High School League now has a football game status listing at vhsl.org. This past week —Week no. 3 of the schedule — showed 30 games representing schools across the state affected by rescheduling, postponements and cancelations.

While it’s evident that scholastic sports programs are attempting to enforce COVID-19 safety protocols and keep the athletes safe, the question does arise of how will games canceled, due to COVID-19 be processed this season in the win-loss columns.

Under the VHSL’s Championships + 1 calendar which allowed schools to play sports last season, a reduced schedule was enacted. The Piedmont District last season chose to not count games that were not played due to COVID-19 related issues.

Thus with a six-game schedule last year, the Comets finished 0-3. The Comets were unable to play three games in the spring football season.

With a full schedule on tap this season and the VHSL hosting the customary state championships games this year, season records and power ratings will once again be vital. Especially as Region 4D play approaches and teams look to host first-round playoff games.

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