High school football in El Paso remains fluid during pandemic

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The high school football season in El Paso continues to be a very fluid situation as COVID-19 cases in the Borderland continue to rise.

On Monday, the Fabens Independent School District suspended all athletics until further notice, citing the rise in COVID-19 numbers in the area. Fabens ISD becomes the first school district in the greater El Paso area to suspend high school athletics.

The El Paso Independent School District (EPISD), Socorro Independent School District (SISD), and Canutillo Independent School District (CISD) announced they will not be allowing spectators at athletic events this week, citing COVID-19 data provided by the City of El Paso Department of Public Health.

On Tuesday, KTSM learned that Bel Air will host Austin on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., in a game that was scheduled this week after both the Highlanders and Panthers’ week 2 games were postponed.

The Irvin-Hanks game that was originally scheduled for week 2, but was postponed because of COVID-19, was also rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. It will be played at Excalibur Stadium.

There are two football games (Montwood vs. Coronado, Eastwood vs. Franklin) scheduled on EPISD campuses this week and one football game (Socorro vs. Americas) at the SISD Student Activities Complex (SAC), which will be limited to essential personnel only. Canutillo, who canceled last week’s game against El Dorado due to a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, has a bye this week.

To date, El Paso has seen 11 football games either postponed or canceled due to COVID-19. The latest becomes Friday night’s Riverside-Fabens game, in addition to Eastlake-Pebble Hills. Eastlake was decided to postpone last week’s game against Americas due to a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 on-campus.

District 1-6A has built-in two open weeks to their calendar for rescheduled games. So far, three games have been rescheduled:

  • Thursday, Oct. 29: Eastlake vs. Americas
  • Friday, Oct. 30: Pebble Hills vs. Eastwood
  • Friday, Dec. 4: Eastlake vs. Pebble Hills

Eastwood, who was forced to postpone last week’s game against Pebble Hills due to a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, has been given the green light by the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) to play this week against Franklin.

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