By Wayne Crick
Everyone is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and that includes high school officials for all sports. Some softball games have been scheduled around the availability of certified officials. The 2020 prep football season is finding the same dilemma with finding enough certified officials for each week’s football contests across the state. Many football officials opted out of officiating games due to the risks involved with coronavirus and that means finding enough officials to cover games each weekend.
Delta High School principal Derek Carlson and Cedaredge High School Activities Director CJ Cannell echoed the same sentiments concerning schedules which show set times for the kickoff at many games in shortage areas. Scheduling times for the start of games is due primarily to the fact there simply aren’t enough officials to cover given areas where there are multiple Friday night, or any other night, games requiring officials.
The known times for football games for Delta County schools include all of Delta High Schools scheduled games:
Week 1 — at Bayfield, Saturday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m.;
Week 2 — home versus Middle Park, Friday at 5 p.m.;
Week 3 — at Woodland Park, Friday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m.;
Week 4 — home versus Englewood, Friday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m.;
Week 5 — at Moffat County, Friday Nov. 6 at 6 p.m.;
and Week 6 — home versus Elizabeth, Friday at 6 p.m.
The first three games for Cedaredge High School’s football schedule are set according to head coach Craig Cerise:
Week 1 — home versus Del Norte, Friday at 7 p.m.;
Week 2 — at Olathe, Saturday Oct. 17 at 11 a.m.;
and Week 3 — home versus Gunnison, Friday at 7 p.m.
Paonia High School’s football schedule:
Week 1 Eagles host Rye on Friday, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m.;
Week 2 at Hotchkiss on Friday at 7 p.m.;
Week 3 — at home versus Olathe on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.;
Week 4 — at Gunnison on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m.;
Week 5 — at home versus Cedaredge on Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.;
and Week 6 — at Meeker on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.
Hotchkiss High School did not have a completed schedule with times available.
When missing game times are made available they will be made available through social media outlets to fans.