COLQUITT, Ga. (WTXL) — The entire Colquitt County football team has been quarantined after three players have tested positive for the COVID-19 and the Packers' first two games of the season have been canceled, but they're trying to stay optimistic.
Colquitt head football coach Justin Rogers confirmed that close to 90 players on his Packer football team have been quarantined after three of their teammates tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Department of Health recommended a 14-day quarantine for the players, so the Packers are currently at home doing school as well as football meetings online.
Rogers said he currently doesn't know when the Packers can return as DOH is still conducting contact tracing.
Losing weeks of practice just before their season opener is not ideal but this is a lesson learned, and one Rogers hopes the Packers grow from.
"If we respond appropriately, we can continue to get the outcome we want, which is a very productive year," said Rogers. "Compete in the Region to win the Region and compete in the state playoffs. That outcome is still there. It's a marathon, not a sprint. We have to understand the outcome we want and make sure our response matches that."
Rogers said he's hopeful they will still be able to play their scheduled game on September 18. Their next game after that is on September 25 against Valdosta.
Colquitt County Athletic Director Greg Tillery says there are other Packer student-athletes that are in quarantine, but so far all other sports teams are still playing as normal.